The Creperie - Edmonton - ho hum
Well, I went to The Creperie for the first time last week with some work colleagues. I love crepes as much as the next person but something had been keeping me from visiting over the years that I have lived in Edmonton. Upon receiving our apps, I realized my hunch was right.
Firstly, the surroundings are stuffy. 1980s stuffy. Granted, I was willing to look past the wallpaper upholstery and consider the kitschiness part of the charm so no big deal. It could even be considered cozy, I suppose. I will complain about the chairs not properly fitting the tables though, making it hard to sit comfortably. Am I the only one who feels this way?
We all had the 3-course lunch deal. 2 people ordered caesar salads which consisted of a few leaves and croutons. The french onion soup ordered by one lady did look quite substantial and cheesy and she seemed to enjoy it. My salad was fairly bland and amounted to a smattering of leaves with some sort of pink dressing and a couple pecans.
For mains, 2 of us had the fra diavolo crepe (shrimp flambeed in brandy with tomato spiked sauce). Again, it was fine but nothing to write home about and the sides of veggies and yellow rice just seemed really unnecessary. No one ate their rice anyway. One lady had the ginger beef crepe while another had the stroganoff and both were fine. Again, no "wow" factor.
Dessert offered a choice between 3 different crepes. They were bite-sized in portion to fit the 3-course pricetag, and mostly blah in taste. The crepes themselves weren't as thin as I prefer, but maybe that is just personal preference. I don't think the whipped cream was real either which was a real let-down. :(
Our server was friendly but not very prompt and at lunchtime, 3 courses or not, "French" restaurant or not, I expect a peppier pace than a 90 minute ordeal.
So, combining the dated atmosphere and bland fare, I wouldn't go back unless it was for a late night crepe craving, but certainly not for a main dinner or lunch.
10220 - 103 Street, Edmonton, AB T5J 0Y8, CA
Your description does not sound very much different from when I first "challenged" the "break neck" stair case back when I first came to Edmonton in 1980.
Not much has changed over the decades apart from the fact is still there unlike Walden's, Avanti's, [way before its time as it turned out] Bones, Jesters, etc.
re: felix the hound
LOL...some place you just want to forget.....
That having been said when I and a number of acquaintances moved west to Edmonton from Halifax during the summer of '80 with big student debts and small pay cheques, we spent more than a few evenings eating their bread, pasta and mizritha [sp?] cheese and spumoni ice cream