Tuesday, August 6, 2013

La Crêperie de Caroline @ Telawi, Bangsar

Brittany bids bon appétit to Bangsar: A crêperie run by French entrepreneur Caroline Broutin curled open this week in Telawi, striving to spread the popularity of the traditional thin pancakes for which the northwestern Gallic region is renowned.

The selection here is unexpectedly extensive: Nearly 20 types of savory galettes, followed by more than 25 dessert crepes. Pancake paradise indeed.

Start with savory: Breton galettes, garnished with ratatouille, stuffed with goat's cheese (RM27+) & made with buckwheat flour that's flown in from France & a kitchen's aspiration for authenticity.

Galette with smoked salmon, shrimp, roe, chives, lemon & fresh cream (RM32+). The base is beautiful _ crisp but fluffy, fresh & far from starchy. Perfect, nearly.

Galette with leek fondue & emmental cheese (RM25+). Love, love, love.

For hearty cravings: Galette centered with egg, rounded by beef & tomato puree (RM32+).

Each galette comes with a bowl of beetroot-laced salad that's an admirable accompaniment.

Sweet crêpes are supplied too, of course; we prefer the savory ones, but it's still worth trying fun varieties like this crêpe deliciously coated with salted butter & caramel (RM21+).

Crêpe crowned & filled with house-made chestnut spread. Feels like Christmas in August.

More elaborate: Crêpe with rich house-made chocolate & toasted bananas (RM29+).

The ultimate sweet-tooth indulgence: Crêpe with vanilla ice cream, pineapple sorbet, stewed pineapple & plenty of whipped cream (RM29+), a potential balm for broken hearts.

Call this the coup de grâce: Crepe flambeed with Cointreau, topped with almonds (RM39+).

Waffles, sandwiches & other bites will also be served here imminently.

Wine is currently not offered (but it will be); customers can bring their own (corkage is RM50).

Still, there might be complimentary Calvados. Much appreciated.

 Thanks to the service team for working hard in hopes of making this a pleasant evening for us.

La Crêperie de Caroline,
33, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2202-0238
Open 11am-11pm, except Mondays. Closed Aug. 9-11 for Aidilfitri, open Aug. 12 evening.

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35 comments:

  1. Err.. how did u stomach so many crepes.. errr i mean galette at one visit?
    Are they that thin? It looks quite filling to me!

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    1. Rebecca: heheh, we over-ordered. we were very, very full at the end of the meal (two of us shared these nine plates).
      oooh, they're a little thinner than some other pancakes, but maybe they look thicker in some of these photos cos some of them are folded or stuffed with ingredients =)

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    2. 9! LOL.
      that's like RM250 for a dinner of pancakes. Well I'm tempted myself though I think it's just too expensive. Come to think about it, even Paddingtons weren't much cheaper...

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    3. Rebecca: heh, yeah, they gave us a 20 percent discount, though i'm not sure if that's an official opening promotion or just a kind gesture. i fear we have to prepare for steep prices like these to become more & more common =)
      coincidentally, steven from KGB Burgers was here also. he visited for both lunch & dinner, cos he really enjoyed the crepes! :D

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    4. Hey guys... usually in France when we're going to a creperie we take only one galette and for those who have big stomacks we can order a sweet crepe as a dessert but that's it.
      And this is usually more than enough to fill you up!
      So this is not that expensive, it's around 60-70RM

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    5. Mathilde: heheh, thanks for pointing that out. yeah, i guess in the malaysian context, RM60 for a meal is still above average in terms of cost, but i do agree the galettes here at la creperie de caroline are worth the price, especially since they're very enjoyable :D

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  2. There are several creperies here in Montreal and I just never got into them. I really like your review, Sean, and the presentation and decor is lovely.

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    1. Linda: thanks! yes, i like the presentation of the crepes here, especially the savory ones. maybe depending on whether you prefer savory or salty crepes, you could try revisiting the ones in your neighborhood someday, and it could yield a pleasant surprise (hopefully!) :D

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  3. I love crepe, both sweet and savory one! Do they have peanut butter one? hehehe

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    1. CK: oooh, no peanut butter here, but there's one with almonds & a homemade almond spread, heheh. hope you also enjoy the crepes here! :D

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  4. Wow.. Guess I am dropping by this place very soon! Woot!!!! ;D

    Im always drooling in front of the tv screen watching those 'mat salleh' eating these... I am so happy right now!!!!!! Thanks for sharing Sean!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! ;D

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    1. Eunice: yay! come here hungry, so that you can enjoy as many crepes as you want. there are about 50 different crepe preparations on the menu here, i believe! :D

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  5. Another new eatery in Bangsar?! That's a LOT of crepes/pancakes you downed in one sitting...bravo! :-)

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    1. Pureglutton: yeah, luckily there's usually still a lot of parking space at bangsar village for dinner, phew! easy to walk from BV to telawi for our meal :D and yup, i'm all crepe-d out at this point! no more crepes for awhile, heheh =)

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  6. Oh wow they're quite expensive aren't they? I'll definitely start with the sweet one first :)

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    1. Baby Sumo: ooo, possibly justifiably expensive, i think, since buckwheat flour from france and premium cheeses are used :D heheh, i hope you get the chance to indulge your sweet tooth here soon! =)

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  7. The menu are mainly about crepes? Crêpe with rich house-made chocolate & toasted bananas for RM29+ @_@
    Kinda pricey hor...

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    1. Melissa: ya, so far, the food menu's all crepes and ice cream. there'll be sandwiches and salads in a few months :D oh, i think there are many factors that lead to the higher prices (unfortunately for us consumers) =)

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  8. liked it again although the price was quite expensive~ >.<

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    1. Mr Lonely: ya, I think we have to get used to the fact that French food is gonna cost a lot. But am glad you like this post. The Crepes are good! =)

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  9. This is the reason I love your blog very much! You are always game on to try new stuff :) I'd love to give this a try, even though slightly steep in the price but hey, I won't go there on a daily basis. I spot pretzels!

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    1. Sibu food diva: thanks! I guess it helps to keep us from getting jaded if we're open to trying different sorts of outlets and food =) ya, I think it's worth coming here at least once. Maybe order one savory crepe and one sweet one. And if you like it, then u can come back. Heh, yeah, the pretzels, peanuts and olives were complimentary while we were waiting for our Crepes :D

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  10. Crepes galore! I am smitten with the Crepe flambeed with Cointreau topped with almonds!

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    1. Missyblurkit: we saved that liquor-laced one for last! they also have three other flambeed varieties: orange cream flambeed with grand marnier, lemon cream with cointreau & apple compote with calvados :D

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  11. Hmmmmm....galette...something new for me to try...but the price! ><

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    1. Ulric: heheh, the galettes are worth it, i think. maybe think of it as being six euros instead :D

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    2. Haha...good idea...maybe on a day when I need something savoury n filling =)

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    3. Ulric: or maybe the next time you're wandering along telawi and wondering, hey, what to eat :D

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  12. Heard about this creperia from a friend and after reading your post, it just makes me want to drop by ASAP! *drools*

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    1. Evelyn: i hope you enjoy it! they've got a great variety of crepes, it's gonna be difficult to decide which one to order first! :D

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  13. Wow, the crepes here look insanely good! And yet another new one in Bangsar.. it's as though it's a resurgence =P The one with toasted bananas look like a match made in heaven! Do some of the savoury ones get a bit too mushy though?

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    1. Drops of Contentment: yeah, i hope this marks the start of more specialized cafes in bangsar, cafes with a clear theme or niche instead of ones that try to serve a broad range of food =) crepes with bananas do feel like a classic combo, especially with the luxurious-tasting chocolate! ooo, i didn't feel any mushiness with the savory ones, but maybe that's cos we gobbled them up while they were still warm/hot, within two minutes of them being served at the table, heh :D

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  14. over rated.... RM 25 for a normal crepe with unripe caramelized ( read sauteed with butter) bananas........

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  15. RM 25 for what is just a normal albeit well presented crepe with a small unripe banana cut into 2 ????? I have tasted much better crepes all over the world for much less

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  16. Dear "harry's musings",

    We appreciate your comment & we are very sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your experience at La Creperie.
    Your 1st comment refer to a "caramelized banana crepe" that we don't have on the menu...????
    Regarding the bananas this is the first time we are hearing a negative comment about it as it is actually our best selling dessert on the menu.
    As for the over cost, please keep in mind that most of our products (90%) are imported from France.

    We will be glad to invite you for a Fresh Banana crepe to apologize for your bad experience and at the same time introduce you to our new menu which to your delight will start at only RM9.

    Have a great day, and hope to see u soon ;)

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