I was very excited when I was invited to review the pancakes at Nowhere Man cafe in Brighton. Not only do I love pancakes, but they offer gluten-free AND dairy-free options. Amaze.
Before I get to the food, I really loved the atmosphere of Nowhere Man cafe. I hadn’t been there before so I didn’t really know what to expect but it really is a hidden gem. It was like wandering into a little corner of Snooper’s Paradise, which is a vintage treasure trove in Brighton. There were loads of band and gig posters on the walls, old record players, antique furniture and they sold vinyl on behalf of local bands.
We sat down on big leather seats in the window which were covered in fake fur rug-type throws so they felt all nice and snuggly, very Scandi-esque. The chairs we were sitting in were actually very similar to our own sofa at home – which is Swedish – it made me think about potentially getting a similar throw-type thing for home.
I digress. I ordered a soya mocha with gluten-free pancakes and bacon, which came with maple butter (maple syrup with melted butter). Heart attack central. Yes, I know butter isn’t dairy free, but I know that my stomach can handle butter but not some other dairy items. I’m sure you could order maple syrup without butter if you wanted a dairy-free alternative as they seemed very happy to handle allergens and intolerances.
Rob ordered a flat white and pancakes with bananas, chocolate and maple butter.
They arrived very quickly and oh mumma, they were good. We each had a pile of three pancakes towered up with a sprinkling of icing sugar. The pancakes were nice and thick, as American pancakes should be.
I’ve never had gluten-free American-style pancakes, I’ve never actually tried to make them at home but I’m sure if I did they’d be a disaster. It’s hard enough to make crepe-style pancakes well. But I wouldn’t have known the difference, they tasted just like normal pancakes. The bacon was nice and crispy and the maple butter was incredible! The sweet and savoury flavours of the bacon with the maple butter complimented each other perfectly.
Rob had very positive feedback about his own pancakes too.
The portion sizes were very generous and we came home happy, stuffed little bunnies. I think it’s safe to say we’ll be going back soon!
I was invited to review the pancakes at Nowhere Man cafe but all views are my own.