Add: 109 rue Vieille du Temple 75003 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 42 72 13 77
Hours: (closed on Mon & Tue)
Price: €4.50~11.80/galette, €3.80~6.80/crêpe
Visited on: 2010-08
Lodged on one of the street corners in La Marais is Breizh Café, a small restaurant specializing in galettes de blé noir, also known as buckwheat crêpes. The ingredients used here are all top-notch and very French - Bordier butter, the finest black flour, homemade jams, artisinal hams, bacon, freerange eggs and cheese. Wash it down with a jug of exceptional cider, and you’ve got the perfect lunch.
Seasonal menu on the blackboard.
For the savory, I chose Terre-Neuve (€11.80), a seafood galette with cod brandade, andouille chitterling sausage, green salad and herb butter. Brandade is a fluffy emulsion of salt cod and olive oil commonly eaten with bread, but also goes well with buckwheat crêpe. And what are chitterlings? Pork intestines, my friends, so don’t order this if animal innards is not your things.
My lunch date went with Complète with Chorizo (€8.50): sunny side up egg, raw milk Gruyère cheese, chorizo from Basque Country. Just the looks of it brightened me up! This perfect breakfast item also comes in other variations like artichoke, onion, mushroom, smoked ham, etc., so take your pick.
One simply does not eat galettes without a jug of apple cider in accompaniment. We ordered une carafe of cidre of the month (€8.50), Le P’tit Fausset dry, Paul & Gilles Barbé (Merdrignac 22)…not so well-versed in the realm of apple cider and no idea what the name means.
Now, on to the sweets. The menu lists quite a few classics and their variations (including Valrhona 70% chocolate crêpes), but for the day we chose a crêpe du moment: au figues (€8.50), a plain crêpe drizzled with acacia honey, and topped with fresh figs from Provence and a scoop of vanilla ice-cream. It’s simple, and it’s really good.
Caramel candies that came with the bill.
On a side note, the wife of Breizh Café’s owner is Japanese, which explains why there is Japanese on the menu, why the floor is tatami, and why they have a branch in Tokyo. Will be back.