This Summer, I’ve seen at least three new crepe restaurants open to long queues in Hong Kong. Mainly popular for tea or dessert, Hong Kongers just love a sweet treat after a meal.
I like crepes and anything that wraps itself around a flavourful main ingredient! But this year, I have vowed to desperately stay off the sugar and cream (as much as possible) so I when I heard that there were savoury crepes being served up at La Creperie, I popped by with a friend for a bite at their recently opened (2015) eatery in Causeway Bay at the new foodie building, L Square in Lockhart Road.
La Creperie has more than one branch – three to be exact (in Wan Chai, Sheung Wan and now Causeway Bay) in Hong Kong and have been here since 2010 bringing authentic Brittany (French-style) crepes to Hong Kongers. Founded originally in Shanghai in 2007 by a Breton expat, Philippe Ricard, the restaurant also serves traditional specialties of Brittany.
All of their restaurants carry a distinct nautical theme from the wooden tables, to the lighthouses on the tableware, sea paintings on the walls, sailor uniforms for staff – everything pays homage to the Breton region, which is near the sea, in the North West of France.
The menu is impressive and extensive and the fact that they serve alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks makes this an attractive option for Happy Hour.
We decided to share a few things starting with a delicious crepe called La Capitaine which was essentially a savoury buckwheat galette topped with Pan fried scallops, fondue of leek, diced bacon, creamy whisky sauce, salad and lemon. I really liked the texture and taste of the buckwheat galette which was outstanding, even if eaten completely plain.
For a main course, we debated between the Seafood and Meat items. We settled on a Lobster Pasta (HK$138) – a spaghetti with homemade tomato and fish soup sauce served with a whole Indonesian lobster tail. It did not disappoint with its rich flavour and generous lobster bits.
Dessert was the La Sexy Suzette, a beautiful flambe featuring homemade lemon cream, mango ice-cream, flamed with Cointreau served on a wispy paper thin crepe. Beautifully presented and served, melt-in-the-mouth good with sour and sweet coming together delightfully.
And as a fitting and happy end to the meal, we took advantage of their cocktail menu and ordered a round to wash everything down.
If you are headed over and find yourself spoilt for choice, do note that the restaurant offers a variety of Set Menus which makes choosing your crepe combinations much easier.
There is a Weekday two-course Lunch Menu at an affordable HK$88-HK$138 featuring a choice from 10 different galettes and crepes including tea or coffee. Add HK$20 more, and you get their deliciously refreshing Brittany artisanal apple cider.
They also have a new Afternoon Tea Set at HK$62 to HK$118 with both sweet and savoury to choose from. We recommend the La Complete Deluxe galette with Emmental cheese and egg topped with black truffle cheese, or La Fermiere galette with chicken, mushrooms, creamy Dijon mustard sauce. If its sweet you are after, try the La Licorne with fresh mango and raspberry and the La Quebec Saint Malo with vanilla ice-cream, raspberry, and blueberries.
On Weekends there is a Brunch A-La-Carte Menu featuring signature galettes, salads, pastas, and crêpes as well as traditional Brittany Clams Cooked in Apple Cider Sauce (HK$118) and Brittany Oysters (HK$218 for 6 pieces).