Written with passion by Caleb Ho
The Pre-Opening Celebration at Caroline Broutin’s spanking new joint a few weeks ago didn’t give me the chance to have a proper sit-down-savour-all-you-want meal. So tonight, I’m having my little piece of Brittany and I have my photographer, Charmaine to enjoy it with me.
Just as I remembered it the other night – Sophisticated black and orange hues, punctuated by French countryside charm on the walls, La Creperie de Caroline feels more a bar than a café and the natural wood on the tables simply add to the wonderful finish.
Caroline, as always, friendly and warm, spent a few moments talking me through her vision of providing Malaysians a piece of Brittany paradise. She certainly means it as 90% of the ingredients are imported from France. You have to admire the pride this woman takes in delivering that French connection. Her menu offers a wide selection of Savoury Crepes, Sweet Crepes, Waffles, Ice-Cream, Salads, Burgers and beverage choices ranging from tea to wine. Caroline currently offers a Christmas Menu for RM79++ with a choice of starter, main course and dessert.
Our first taste of Brittany was a selection from the Savoury Crepes (Galettes). We settled for La St Julienne (RM32) a buckwheat-base crepe with Turkey ham, Emmental Cheese, Schrimps, Grilled Pineapples and Salad. It has two fine layers of Galette covering a generous center of Turkey ham and Emmental Cheese. I’m not a cheesy person. Corny maybe, but not cheesy, so it’s surprising that I liked the Emmental Cheese. It’s a little similar to Mozarella Cheese but slightly stronger in taste. The Galette itself is soft, moist yet slightly coarse with a crispier surface. It’s very different from what you would normally associate with a crepe. Placed delicately across the Galette are three slices of perfectly glazed pineapples and shrimp. The shrimp’s texture is so delicate, it’s a fine line between sashimi and well done – superb! The salad on the side is dressed in extra virgin olive oil and truly makes it a full meal.
While waiting for our dessert crepe, we had Ginger Tea (RM10) and Mint Diabolo (RM10) which is Monin French Syrup with Soda Water. Drinking both gives a wonderful sensation between hot gingery spiciness and cool minty freshness. Try this on a cold rainy day.
Soon enough, Caroline graciously presented us with Caramel Au Beurre Sale (Maison) (RM19), which was on the house. We actually ordered another dessert crepe but we’re not complaining. After all, dessert is what we came for. Maybe it was the anticipation. Maybe it was the cold rainy day. Or maybe, it was the heavenly combination of homemade salted butter caramel on soft, tangy, warm crepe that had us gushing. That’s right, I gushed. This thing was drowning in caramel with sprinkles of icing sugar but it wasn’t overly sweet. Look out for the slightly charred bit round the edges, where there’s a bit of crispiness to the texture – that’s the best part!
We had barely gotten over that when our next one came, Chocolat Maison Et Bananes Grillees (RM24). The homemade chocolate sauce oozing from all four corners of the crepe, with two slices of toasted bananas made my heart melt. Strangely though, it didn’t take me up as high as I had hoped. The bananas were slightly sour (no fault of Caroline’s) and the semi-sweet chocolate didn’t pair as well on this one. It was good, don’t get me wrong but the bananas needed to be less sour and the chocolate could do with a slight tweak in sweetness.
So, after three good servings of Brittany paradise, Charmaine and I are still left amazed with the Caramel Au Beurre Sale. How can something so plain and simple taste so amazingly good? Only Caroline knows. As they say, the simple things in life are the most beautiful of things. Vive la Crepe!
La Creperie de Caroline
33, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar
Tel: (03) 2202 0238
Price Range: RM 26 – RM 50
Food: 4.5 / 5
Drinks: 3.5 / 5
Service: 4 / 5
Ambience: This place oozes sophistication and French charm, especially at night when the lights come on. Ample space both indoors and outdoors.
Pros: As close as it gets to authentic Brittany taste and French charm. The crepe selections, both savoury and sweet are wide and varied.
Cons: Be prepared to pay for premium imported ingredients from France. Parking in and around Bangsar is also at a premium.
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