Creperies in Quebec City?
- hippotatomus Apr 22, 2008 10:55 AM
I have 3 on my list but I only have time to have lunch at one of them on my short trip..
If you've been to any, what are your thoughts and recommendations??
1. Le Billig
2. Au Petit Coin Breton
3. Le Casse-Crepe Breton
Or are they all mediocre? I thought crepes might be slightly better in Quebec city... but if they're better in Montreal I'm open to suggestions there as well!
Being from Toronto my standard for a good crepe is from Richtree (formerly known as Marche)
Also, I'm more interested in Dessert crepes..
and!!! IF POSSIBLE...is there a pannekoeken place in QC or MTL? For Dutch pancakes? OMG. they're wonderful..
I've never been to Le Billing, so can't comment on it.
Between the Petit coin breton and the Casse-crêpe, I prefer the latter. Petit coin is a chain and I've mostly been underwhelmed.
Casse-crêpe is a very small restaurant in a highly touristic area, so either go during the week or outside of mealtimes, otherwise you'll have to wait for a very long time.
If you go to Casse-crêpe, may I recommend the chestnut-ice cream crêpe? It's great - but filling - so have a smallish savoury crêpe :)
I haven't been to any of the three you list, but if your standard for a good crepe is Richtree, I'm guessing none of these will disappoint. I would recommend Juliette et Chocolat in Montreal. And if you're in Toronto, you really should try Cafe Crepe (246 Queen St. W.), which is much better, IMHO, than Richtree.
Le Billig is the most authentic of the three. Outside of the Old Town and more frequented by students than locals, their savory crepe is the most authentic "Breton Style." They use two types of batter for the sweet and savory crepes. (#1 in my opinion)
Le Casse-Crepe Breton is the most popular of the three. Run by a group of young college coeds, their crepes are good and cooked in front on 4 griddles. You can sit at the small bar and watch your food being cooked. They use only one batter for both sweet and savory crepes. This place gets busy.
Au Petit Coin Breton is the most touristy of the three in that all of the waitresses dress in traditional Breton garb. I've heard their crepes are good, but have yet to try them. I expect they are also the more expensive of the three creperies.
The crepes I've most enjoyed in Montreal are those served at the stall in the Jean-Talon Market. If you like the crepes at Marché you will probably like these.
We used to have a Marché here, in place ville marie, and they used to have a 2 for 1 special on crepes and waffles after 10 p.m. Those were the days!
The Billig is the only authentic Breton creperie out of all three. They use buckwheat batter for the savory crepes and sweet batter for the sweet crepes. They also make imaginative use of local ingredients. The Savoyarde (potato, migneron cheese, and lardoons) is outstanding. Service is a bit slow, but it's worth it.
The Petit Coin Breton, Casse-Crepe Breton, and Petit Chateau are old city tourist traps serving crepes that appeal to Anglo-North-Americans who've never had the real thing. They can both pull off a dessert crepe, but steer clear of the savory crepes (cooked with the same sweet batter). Casse-Crepe is cheaper, but you get what you pay for--small crepes and the batter isn't as crispy as a real Breton crepe.
I would suggest getting out of the old city tourist ghetto and checking out Le Billig for authentic crepes in an authentic neighbourhood.
"The Petit Coin Breton, Casse-Crepe Breton, and Petit Chateau are old city tourist traps serving crepes that appeal to Anglo-North-Americans who've never had the real thing."
Vacherouge, I wish you had said . . who've never had "Breton style crepes" as it wouldn't have made you sound so elitist. The three eateries you note are indeed "Parisian style" in that they use only one batter and not buckwheat for savory, but not many people have ever even been to Brittany, but many have been to Paris and this style is what they're used to.
No pannekoeken places as far as I know here in Montréal and certainly none in Québec City. I'd also like to know if there are any in Toronto or thereabouts. There are a fair number of Dutch farmers in the Niagara region. You might also want to check out Dutch cultural and community associations.
Definitely Le Billig - it is still on rue St-Jean, just outside of the walled Old Town, in an adjacent historic neighbourhood, St-Jean Baptiste.
About five years ago when last in QC, I tried both la Crêperie de Sophie, 48 rue Saint-Paul, Vieux Port de Québec, G1K 3V7 418-694-9595 and au Petit Coin Breton. I believe the Sophie is still in business. I wish that Au Petit Breton were no longer around.
I don't know the other two on the original list, but if they are anything like au PC Breton they are not worth considering. Sophie is the best I have tried.
The single star is simply because serving food in a restaurant is such hard work. My husband and I went to Au Petit Coin Breton because we'd been craving crêpes, and the restaurant was directly across the street from where we were staying. Plus it was raining, so we had only to dash across the street.
We went in, and the staff looked ready to go home. (It was 7:30) It took awhile to get the menus with all the strange crêpe concoctions. I ordered the cheese crêpes; my husband chicken and mushroom. We ordered the house wine A) because we were tired and B) because we foolishly thought that house wine, since someone in the "house" picked it out, might be drinkable. It wasn't. Thank goodness it was noticeably watered down, which lessened its peculiar odor.
The crêpes were beyond dreadful. As stated upthread, they use the same sweet batter for savory crêpes as for dessert crêpes. I don't know what style they are. I've had real Breton and French crêpes. These weren't even close to either style. Besides being sweet instead of savory, they were so dry, pieces flaked off. There was very little cheese in my cheese crêpe, and it was rubbery--a total, cold, flaky mess. My husband's was gluey, and we couldn't drink the undrinkable wine. It was the worse kind of tourist trap, and they should just give it up.
I'm surprised, with other decent restaurants in Quebec City, that some enterprising real crêpemakers don't set up street stands like those in France and rake it in. Domage.
Au Petit Coin Breton
1029 Rue Saint-Jean, Quebec, QC G1R1R9, CA