Crepes, who doesn’t love them?
You can find them anywhere, fill them with anything — it’s like a hand held piece of delicious treasure on the go. Fill it with whipped cream, fruit, and ice cream. Sprinkle it with a little cinnamon and sugar. Stuff it with tuna salad and lettuce.
Anyways, there are a lot of places where you can get them; but in the downtown area, a lot of people flock to Cafe Crepe because of their convenient locations. But, if you want a really delicious dessert crepe, I suggest that you try La Bretagne Creperie.
It is further along Robson than Cafe Crepe, but well worth the walk. I’ve been here a handful of times already, the first time being a few years back when the joint was more popular. The last two visits were within a one month time frame and the place has definitely slowed down. It might just be because of the holidays and/or the location.
The place is in dire need of a renovation. The seats, cutlery, decor, everything looks very dated…and not that nice antique kind of way. Strange orange walls, flat screen in the corner, booth seatings – they don’t add up to a classy or contemporary space. I heard that the place switched owners since the last time I was here and you can definitely feel it. The vibe was quite different since my first visit.
I have had several of their crepes already, but mostly sweet (although I’m a savoury kind of gal). The day I decided to actually photograph, we tried two savoury and two sweet – that’s right, four crepes, two people.
The two savoury were meant to be our main course, both on buckwheat crepes. Mind you, this is my first time having buckwheat crepes and I wasn’t sure what to expect. But what we got was a thick, spongy, and almost bread-y kind of crepe as a base for the asparagus, chicken, and bechamel, as well as the onion, potatoes and Swiss cheese. Spare you the details, but neither were good, that is both the actual crepe and and the filling for it. Both were quite bland and looks like something you could make at home.
Ah, but the sweet crepes were a different story. We ordered these with the regular crepe, thin, a little sweet, and a little crispy. It’s like they were crying to be filled with something delicious… so we ordered La Tatin (apples, vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce, flamed with Calvados) and Chocolat Liegeois (chocolate ice cream, Belgian chocolate, whipped cream). Absolutely divine, especially if you’re looking for a little pick-me-up after a really horrible week. It just tastes like everything was made with good quality ingredients, especially the chocolate. I do have to say though, La Tatin has a hefty dose of Calvados and you can definitely taste the liquor, but it was cool to see some flambé action at my table.
Luckily we had the dessert crepes last, so I feel like overall it was a good experience. Although I’m no stranger to this creperie, I’ve also tried some others like Dame Blanche (vanilla ice cream, Belgian chocolate, and whipped cream) and La Quebecoise (apples, maple syrup, and whipped cream). I can say that I’ve always enjoyed the sweet crepes here, so I would definitely suggest this place if you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth on a hot summer day.
La Bretagne Creperie
795 Jervis Street, Vancouver