The Creperie is one of those places that have been around forever and you know the food is good, but you always forget to go there. Locally owned and established in 1976, it has been an important part of French food in Edmonton for many, many years.
Before Christmas, a friend and I decided to go and take advantage of their lunch special. I haven’t been there in years and I was excited to visit again. The interior looked much like I remember – dark walls, dim lighting… a few years ago I recommended the place to a friend for a romantic dinner and the atmosphere certainly fits. The service was not great, but unfortunately that seems to be the norm nowadays. Flagging down a waitress so that you can pay your bill or refill your water is not fun.
The bread was fresh and the butter was herbed. Would have preferred the bread to be heated.
Each special comes with one small salad, a main entrée crepe (generous portion size), and dessert ($15.95 plus tax if you choose a vegetarian or savoury crepe, $16.95 plus tax if you choose a seafood crepe).
The regular salads didn’t appeal to me, so I chose the Fresh Fruit Salad, which is served with a honey-lime dipping sauce. The fruit was fresh and sweet, and the star was the dip. The honey and the lime gave the fruit dip a nice tang and it was not too sweet.
My friend chose a California Salad – a mixture of greens, strawberries, melon and carmelized pecans, with a blueberry vinaigrette. While the salad had good ingredients, the vinaigrette was horrible. I honestly don’t know how my friend ate the whole thing. The taste is hard to describe; all I remember are sour flavours (and not in a good vinegary kind of way) and making a face after putting it in my mouth.
For my entrée I chose the Crepe St. Jacques, served with orzo and vegetables. The scallops were small, but there were so many of them that I had plenty of them for every bite of the crepe. The sauce was a bit thin, but tasted creamy and went well with the scallops.
My friend chose the Crepe a la Reine (a.k.a. Chicken a la King), also served with orzo and vegetables. I tasted it only briefly; the chicken was tender and the crepe had a good flavour overall.
For dessert, you could choose vanilla ice cream wrapped in a crepe, and covered with hot raspberry puree (Crepe Framboise Cardinal) or hot Belgian chocolate sauce (Crepe Glace Au Chocolat), and topped with whipped cream and toasted almonds. Or you could choose the combination plate, which gave you both sauces. So obviously we went for the combo. It’s a little hard to screw up ice cream, raspberry sauce and chocolate sauce. This dish tasted fine, but it was hard to eat because you could tell that the ice cream crepes had been made ahead of time and placed in the freezer. The crepes were very cold and thick, and difficult to eat as a result. The sauces either weren’t very hot to start off with, or had cooled down by the time our plates were delivered to our table. A thinner and heated crepe wrapping would have made this dessert a winner.
This was a fairly decent lunch, especially for the price and despite the service. I would definitely go back again.
111, 10220-103 Street (on the boardwalk)