La Crêperie is a great place if you are a fan of galettes – the crepes made out of buckwheat flour, with a distinct nutty flavour. I discovered this place after walking past it a few times on my way to/from Cleopatra’s Spa. The French cafe has room for about 20 people and is nicely decorated – wooden tables, i lighthouses on the tableware and paintings of the sea on the wall pay homage to the shores of Brittany.
I like sitting on the high chairs close to the kitchen – you can see the galettes being freshly prepared. The cooks are so quick, they know exactly how long to cook the galette on each side, they flip them over, fill them with ingredients and fold the corners over – then they are ready to be served. I’ve never waited long for my meal.
I’ve tried different galettes here and they all have been fantastic – I tried the ‘La Complete’ which is a galette with ham, Emmental cheese and egg. There is also some salad at the side. The cheese is quite strong tasting, but the combination works really well – especially with the yummy running egg. I’ve also had the vegetarian option with Emmental cheese, tomatoes, spinach and mustard plus an extra egg (that’s the one in the picture below). Nice is also the ‘La Finisterienne’ a mix of cubed chicken in a creamy curry sauce folded with blanched spinach.
All the crepes I’ve had were soft and chewy with a really nice texture and taste. The ingredients worked well together, and the portions were big enough to fill my hungry stomach. There are also other items on the menu, if you are not a fan of galettes or crepes – you can have pasta or mussels for example. But what’s the point to order those if you go to a galette place?
What is also really nice about this place is that every time I’ve been, the owner or one of his French colleagues was there, checking the quality of the food and drinks and making sure that the guests were happy. The owner makes sure you understand the menu, helps you sort through pages of French and comes by every so often to see if you are enjoying the meal.
Will I go there again? Yes. We’ve been here a number of times and the service has always been quick and the food spot on. The prices are a little on the expensive side, we usually pay around 300 HKD for the two of us (one main and a drink) but then the quality of the food is good and reliable. The service is great and I like the atmosphere – the only challenge is the size of the restaurant, it can be very busy at lunch and dinner times so I suggest you book ahead, Tel. 2529 9280.
- La Crêperie is on 1/F, Kui Chi Mansion, 100-102 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Tel. 2529 9280 – easiest ways to get there are with the MTR to Admiralty and exit through Pacific Place 3 or take the tram and get off at the Pawn. You’ll have to walk a few minutes and then you’re there
- They also opened a new outlet in Sheung Wan on G/F 69 Jervois Street, not far away from The Sheung Wan MTR (here is a review on HK Magazine about the Sheung Wan branch)
- Both restaurants are open Tuesday to Sunday from 11h30 am until 11pm and offer lunch set menues