After our visit to the newly refurbished Picasso Museum, we walked a few hundred meters to a much talked about cafe nearby serving savory crepes or galettes. Breizh Cafe is small and rather nondescript, but the lines at peak hours can be 50+ persons long, so you have to believe they are doing something well…
Mrs. MM lived in Paris while at graduate school many years ago, and as a result, is a HUGE fan of sweet crepes, particularly the basic butter and sugar ones. I am less fond of them, and worse, I was less familiar with savory crepes, in particular, those made with buckwheat often referred to as galettes bretonne. I couldn’t imagine how they would constitute a meal.
Without a reservation, we still managed to score an outdoor table in nippy weather at Cafe Breizh, and perused the menu. It all seemed disarmingly simple, but the handwritten menu of daily specials were the first clue of the special meal we were about to have.
I ordered a buckwheat crepe with cheese, mushroom, jerusalem artichokes, cream and duck breast for Euro14.50 and one forkful led to moans of pleasure and eyes rolling in a good way. Wow! Utterly delicious! The crisp chewy texture of the buckwheat pancake enrobes the savory ingredients within and in this case, the selection of ingredients and the way they excite your palate was an extremely pleasant revelation.
Mrs. MM had a ham and egg with gruyere and onion confit made with apple cider galette that was likewise brilliant and delicious. We were so pleased with our selections that we briefly toyed with ordering another galette to split between us! But we resisted, and ordered a dessert crepe instead.
This sweet “tarte tatin” crepe was amazing, and the meal’s experience has changed my view about crepes and galettes forever. We have returned to Cafe Breizh twice since this visit and have loved every dish we ordered. And if you want to experience this all like a local, order some cider to enjoy while you have your crepes. The cafe has two locations in Paris, google for directions.