Dear Foodies, my love for all things French has persisted. My palate has been overpowered by the soft and wonderful after-taste of my last dining experience at Bodega. Therefore, I have decided to indulge once more in French cuisine. And what better way to keep my French saga going, than to visit my friend Pascal Poilbout, Mâitre-Crêpier and owner La Bréhandaise.
La Bréhandaise is a petit and cozy restaurant with a Bretagne inspired décor. As soon as you enter, the smell of freshly made crepes welcomes you and easily transports you to the North-West of France.
A quick 180 degree look at the room and will notice right away who Pascal is and where he makes the magic happen. I met Pascal about a year ago, on a cold winter night when a friend and I were wondering on Queen street looking for a place to eat dessert. I found this place with the help of my fellow Yelpers and needless to say, I was not disappointed. Always trust fellow foodies.
As soon as we came in, Pascal greeted us with a big smile and the always notorious and lovely French accent. And like any language geek like me would do, I quickly switched the chip on my brain and started yapping to him in French…as I do every time I come eat at Pascal’s now. (Merci Pascal pour avoir la patience avec moi)
Every time I eat here, his food takes me back to France. The texture of the crepes is soft, sweet, buttery, fresh, salty, accented…an experience. The accompaniments of the crepe are typical française. There are no Americanized ingredients, no cheddar, no ketchup and most importantly no mayo! Gosh, how I hate when restaurants do that. A good original French crepe has no added, needless ingredients to make them taste better.
My favourite sweet crepe on the menu, Le Chateaulin, comes with a base of home-made chocolate sauce, drizzled with coconut flakes and finished with a light garnish of seasonal fruit. Not forgetting, a delicious scoop of either Vanilla or Chocolate ice-cream placed next to your crepe, with a base of a crunchy bowl-shaped crepe, that was purposely left to gently get burned and crispy. Hello!
NOTE: La Bréhandaise closed a few months after this review took place.
Until next time Foodies!
Dining Experience: Brunch
Venue: La Bréhandaise Crêperie
Specialty: Crepes – French
Location: Queen and Ossington
Menu items: Crepe La Complète + Crepe Chateaulin
Drink Pairing: Cappuccino