La Crêperie | Finding a little bit of Brittany in Sheung Wan
Ah crêpes. And galettes. These sweet and salty thin pancakes are some of the ultimate comfort foods, don’t you think? Growing up in Canada, I was mostly surrounded by thick, fluffy pancakes. I think my first crêpe experience was in Taipei or Tokyo. In both cities, there were a number of crêpe and galette places in various locations from street stands to food courts. Pretty delicious but more fusion than authentic perhaps. Now while I’ve had since had crêpes in Paris too, I’ve never had them from Brittany, a gorgeous seaside town in the Northwest of France, which is the birthplace of crêpes and galettes. Lucky for me, I recently made a lovely friend whose mother is from Brittany and she invited me to check out an authentic crêperie in the heart of Sheung Wan.
La Crêperie was founded in 2007 and opened its first location in Shanghai. Since then, they’ve expanded to Hong Kong (Sheung Wan, Wan Chai, and Causeway Bay) and also Ho Chih Minh City. The vibe is very casual-chic, with cute nautical-inspired elements, blue and white striped banquettes, and wooden tables and chairs. We went for a casual dinner, though I hear the restaurant is very popular with the lunch crowd too.
Our evening started with some appetizers. I really enjoyed the Brittany Rolls ($85 for 4 pieces), which I found to be basically mini stuffed galettes on sticks. The spicy chicken was my favourite as it was moist and flavourful.
The restaurant offers a whopping 22 different types of galettes including two vegetarian options. I opted for the classic Les Poulains ($168) because a) it sounded delicious with melted Raclette cheese, two types of ham, potatoes, cream sauce and pickles, and b) because it was one of the heaviest sounding options. I was starving and worried that a thin pancake dish wouldn’t be filling but I shouldn’t have been worried.
This galette looks skinny but was packed with ingredients. I couldn’t even finish it… And it was as delicious as it sounded, and paired perfectly with a cup of Kerne craft cider ($55 per cup, $185 per bottle).
Our group of six then shared four different types of crêpes because why not. There are two dozen options on the menu from the classic La Demoiselle with berries, whipped cream, and maple syrup, to two options that come flambeed.
I loved the classic La Sinagot ($50+) not on the menu but available if you ask for it) with chocolate sauce and salted butter caramel. Both sauces were made in-house so it was great to taste the full flavour against the simple crêpes.
I’m a sucker for lemon desserts so La Sexy Suzette ($118) was another nice one with homemade lemon cream, mango ice cream, and flambeed Grand Marnier. Personally, I could have done without the mango ice cream as I felt the lemon and Grand Marnier was enough flavour. Next time, I’d ask for the ice cream on the side.
La Crêperie is a great pick for an affordable, casual-chic bite. There are also a number of vegetarian options, and all dishes are suitable for those on a gluten free diet (the galette batter is already gluten free, and the crepes can be made with the this batter too). Each of the three locations are located in busy parts of town but the restaurants feel chill, welcoming, and an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s nice to find a little bit of Brittany in Hong Kong.
69 Jervois St, Sheung Wan, 2679 4666