At the front of Crepe House Cafe, striped folding chairs and tables face onto the street European-style, as patrons sip coffees on a lazy Saturday afternoon. The space is charming and homely with sunshine streaming through the large windows. Miniature pegs clutching the loyalty cards of regulars line the wall opposite the counter and little ornamental teacups and Eiffel Tower figurines are dotted throughout.
Unbeknown to us at this point, owner Christina was about to treat us to a feast of epic proportions, easing us in with something light and fluffy. In addition to sweet and savoury crepes, Crepe House Cafe also offers a variety of sandwiches, omelettes, gelato and homemade desserts. Written as a special amongst various other flavour combinations, our greek-style omelette contained Dodoni feta cheese, kalamata olives, sun dried tomatoes and and healthy dose of fragrant oregano. Piled on top of two pieces of crusty buttered toast, this wasn’t an innovative dish by any means, but delicious and satisfying for sure.
Unlike French galettes (savoury crepes), which are thin and lacy with small amounts of simple fillings like cheese, ham, egg and spinach, Crepe House Cafe’s are packed full of fresh ingredients, which make for a more substantial meal. The ‘Ares’ is a filling option stuffed with chicken, tasty cheese, olives, pepperoni, sundried tomato and drizzled with a punchy tyrokafteri (spicy feta spread), which Christina mentions is made in-house.
Then, theres the ‘Epsilon’, my favourite savoury crepe of the day. Containing two free range eggs, which are cooked on the crepe base together with smoked salmon (+$2.00), baby spinach and a beautiful, creamy hollandaise sauce. A classic breakfast dish reinvented in foldable form — genius!
For non-meat eaters, the ‘Eros’ with sauteed mushrooms, mixed capsicum, olives, tomato and baby spinach is beautifully seasoned and delicious together with a generous swipe of cream cheese.
Apple, Lemon & Mint Juice ($7.00), Iced Coffee ($6.00), Orange, Carrot & Celery Juice ($7.00)
Together with our savoury dishes, we enjoyed a couple of fresh juices and an iced coffee topped with whipped cream. I’d highly recommend the apple, lemon and mint juice which was a refreshing balance of sweet and sour.
After an internal pep talk and some deep breathing (note: two people vs. crepe feast), I was ready to tackle dessert. The ‘Calypso’ features a classic, no-fail flavour combination of nutella, sliced strawberries, coconut and biscuit, folded through soft sheets of crepe.
Mixed Berry Waffles ($16)
With a choice between pancakes of waffles, a list of additional options separate to the dessert crepes menu makes an impossible decision even more difficult. With ingredients like baklava gelato, vanilla bean gelato and Oreo cookies, the “bring your stretchy pants” disclaimer well and truly applies. The waffles are freshly made, soft and delightfully fluffy, topped with fresh ricotta, mixed berries and 100% Canadian maple syrup, this is a lighter option without skimping on taste.
And sure to bring out the kid in all of us is the ‘Artemis’ with Nutella, Mars Bar, Oreo and Maltesers — rich, decadent and filled with crunchy, gooey bits. Delicious!
Banana Pancakes ($16.00)
Although I’m not the biggest fan of banana, I’d happily eat these pancakes everyday! Warm, thin and fluffy, topped with sliced banana, vanilla bean ice cream and Canadian maple syrup — what really makes this dessert spectacular is the addition of cinnamon, which is prominent but not overpowering at all.
Strawberry Milkshake ($5.50); Iced Chocolate ($6.00)
And, if you’re in need more sugar to wash down your dessert, Crepe House Cafe offers a selection of milkshakes, thickshakes and icy cold drinks piled high with whipped cream. The iced chocolate was not overly sweet and a delicious finish to the meal. Not the same can be said for the strawberry milkshake, which was very sweet, but otherwise a delight.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with the entire menu available at anytime, its evident that the locals love Crepe House Cafe. Located an easy 20-30 minutes from Sydney CBD and open until 10 pm, its the perfect spot for an evening cruise to a blissfully sweet destination. Although not an authentic French crepe, these were for me, the best crepes I’ve had in Sydney! Highlights were the ‘Epsilon’ salmon benedict crepe, the ‘Calypso’ strawberry and nutella crepe and the mixed berry waffles.
Thank you to Christina and the team at Crepe House Cafe! Eats with Marie dined as a guest of Crepe House Cafe and Ompty Media. All opinions, comments and photos are 100% honest and my own.
Crepe House Cafe
202 William St, Earlwood 2206
(02) 8041 6024
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