The Merry Table Creperie
- TypeA May 27, 2008 03:46 AM
At long last, crêpes have come to Portland, Maine. Located at 43 Wharf Street, The Merry Table serves soups, salads, sandwiches and paninis - but go for the crêpes! They are fantastic.
My choice, the "Poireaux" ($8) was filled with braised leeks, wild mushrooms and goat cheese. The warm cheese melted just enough inside the crêpe to create a creamy sauce for the soft leeks and earthy morels. My husband's Poulet" crêpe ($7.50) was filled with grilled chicken, oven roasted tomatoes, caramelized onions and arugula. Our warm dessert crepe - Banana and Nutella - was oozing with the chocolaty hazelnut spread.
The creperie is very casual...more of a lunch spot than a choice for dinner. If you want to read a more extensive review, you can visit http://blog.typeadiversions.com/2008/....
Well, I happen to love crepes. We go to Monteal and Quebec city just for them, so we had to try this newest creperie. We had the ham and cheese, the "Poireaux" (described above) and one dessert crepe. The place itself is nice. They serve beer and wine and I don't remember if they had a full bar or not, but it was quite cheerful. As for the crepes, all were tasty and all were quite skimpy. We had ordered a banana nutella crepe and they were out of bananas (this was the middle of the day). The chef wasn't there, so my assumption is that he went to the market to get some more. They asked if we would like to substitute fresh strawberries and we said that would be fine. The operative word here being "strawberries" NOT "strawberry." Yep, they gave us a diced strawberry in a crepe. I found the portions vs price to be a bit of a rip-off.
Another recommendation for those who love crepes is to go to the Silver Moon Creperie in Dover, New Hampshire (one hour south of Portland). It's not as fancy as the Merry Table, very laid back in comparison, and they don't serve alcohol, but their crepes are affordable, tasty, and about twice the size you'll find at the Merry Table.
i have to disagree with the previous post. i have eaten at The Merry Table four or five times since its opening, and i think the savory crepes are quite substantial as a meal. let's face the facts: most americans are used to getting three times the portion they should be eating at a restaurant, and i find it refreshing to enjoy my meal and feel satisfied without leaving half of it behind or feeling painfully stuffed for hours. the chef's specials are a continuing treat for me, and his menu is tailored to perfection. i'm especially fond of his new appetizer menu for dinner service. the 'tartines' are an amazing treat! the atmosphere is charming, the same waitress we have had at all our stops there sweet, knowledgable, and very attentive, and the food absolutely to die for. did i mention the house sangria?!? i'm glad we discovered this place before it becomes swamped with the hordes of patrons it very well deserves.
"let's face the facts: most americans are used to getting three times the portion they should be eating at a restaurant, and i find it refreshing to enjoy my meal and feel satisfied without leaving half of it behind or feeling painfully stuffed for hours."
I don't see how I could be stuffed on a crepe filled with one berry. I never complained about the service or ambiance, just the fact that the crepes were skimpy when compared to many other creperies in Canada and Europe.
I just heard a rumor that a place called Zarra's Coffeehouse may be serving crepes in Portland. Has anyone tried this place or know anything about it?
Has this place closed recently?? I wanted to retry it to see how it is now, but they never seem to answer the phone . . .