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Tuesday, 31 July 2012

'Flip Your Wig' - La Crêperie de Sophie review

La Crêperie de Sophie and its proprietor Loic Moinon will already be very familiar to regular Riverside Market visitors where they whip up deliciously fresh crêpes and and galettes. There is something very satisfying about a humble batter, cooked on a simple hotplate 'en plen air' and transformed into a steaming envelope of cheese and ham loveliness of a Sunday morning!

One month ago Loic opened the latest arm to his venture; a charming cafe in the High Street Arcade and since I'm already a fan of their work, I was tempted to go along and try out the broader range of toppings on offer.

La Crêperie de Sophie, Cardiff High Street Arcade
La Crêperie de Sophie, Cardiff High Street Arcade

For the uninitiated, crêpes originated in Britanny but are a hugely popular street-food across France. The crêpe is made with a batter similar to our once-a-year Shrove Tuesday pancakes which are most suitable for sweet fillings, or there is the Breton Galette mix, which is better suited for the savoury fillings.

My own preference is for the savoury galette and the menu has a good selection of fillings from the classic ham and cheese (£2.95 to takeaway) to gourmet fillings like 'L'Italiene' of parma ham, mozzarella, olives and pesto (£5.45). On asking which was their most popular I was pointed towards the 'Cocorico' - chicken, brie, cranberry, and the 'Sweet Billy' - goats cheese, walnuts, onion chutney, leaves, balsamic, both at £4.45. I'm a sucker for goats cheese, and I'm trying to eat less meat so I went for the Sweet Billy.

Un galette s'il vous plait!
Une artisan au travail
Crêpe! That looks good...
Crêpe! That looks good...

The crêpes are all freshly made to order and generously filled with quality ingredients, The Sweet Billy was well balanced, the creamy cheese cut through nicely by the balsamic and the onions adding a sweet stickiness. The simple galette was the ideal foil, allowing the filling to shine through. Apparently the Welsh tend to favour the crêpe mix but I personally think that batter would have made the overall flavour too sweet.

Crêpes - The ultimate French street food
The ultimate French street food
The galette was very filling (probably too much for me of a standard weekday if I'm honest) which does help to justify the £4.45 price tag. To be fair the quality of the product is high with as much attention paid to the pancake as to the filling. It is also possible to get a ham & egg or sugar & lemon for under £3.00, competitive pricing for an everyday lunch against an M&S sandwich. If you prefer you can also get any of the options as a salad but let's be honest, why on earth would you?!.

The sweet crêpes looked absolutely amazing, coming in tempting combinations of of fruits, creams, caramels and chocolates. The added bonus of being able to sit 'outside' in the arcade whatever the weather is a draw considering our inclement summer and I'm looking forward to returning soon and working my way through some more of the menu!

I was invited along to try out the new menu and as such the lunch was complimentary. Thanks to Loic and the team at La Crêperie de Sophie.

La Crêperie de Sophie, High Street Arcade, Cardiff,
http://www.lacreperiedesophie.com/


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