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Restaurant Review: Crêperie des Arts

By Saturday, December 31, 2011 , , , ,

Another weekend, another weekend brunch place that comes highly recommended by this skinnyfat girl. This time, we go French and the restaurant is no other than Crêperie des Arts, a traditional French crêpes place that hails from Brittany, a region in the northwest of France.

So what are crêpes? Essentially it's a very thin pancake which is usually made from wheat flour (crêpes de Froment) or buckwheat flour (galettes)Crêperie des Arts does a selection of both dessert and savory crêpes

On the location- nice little place tucked away at Prinsep Street. It is pretty quiet and cosy. There aren't many seats indoors so it may get pretty crowded. There is a 2nd level seating as well but it was closed to diners when i went. The decor reflects the coastal nature of Brittany with all the fishing nets and fake seafood on the walls (was pretty amused by that). 

It's like dining in someone's home. You see little kids' art pieces pasted on the walls, a bar counter that separates the dining space from the kitchen, uncoordinated mix of furniture, absolutely homey.
Outdoor seating- not many tables as well. 

Traditional French crêpes are served with apple cider! I love apple cider, it's like drinking sparkling juice with that bit of alcohol. Would have gone for the sweet cider (i only take sweet alcohol) but they were out of that so i had to go with the 5% one. Somehow it still tastes a little bitter to me? This is $8.50 a glass which imo is a little pricey since the glass is kinda small to me? 
We ordered the duck rillette for appetizers. If you are concerned about your cholesterol level, don't have this dish. A little more on the preparation of this dish- the meat is cubed or chopped, salted heavily and cooked slowly in fat until it is tender enough to be easily shredded, and then cooled with enough of the fat to form a paste. Spread that buttery mix on the toasted bread and send it right into your mouth. I guarantee a direct transportation to heaven (not in the kick-the-bucket sense but that may happen as well. Ok that's some dark humour. Hur hur).  
For mains, we had the crowd pleasers- complete Forestiere (i think i ordered this or perhaps the one without the egg) and Saint Caradec.
The Complete Forestiere is a crêpe with ham, mushroom and a sunny side up egg in the middle. This is quite the perfect breakfast/brunch dish. Texture of a pancake with all my savory sides= yums. The crêpe is wafer thin, extremely crispy but slightly spongey in the middle. I think the texture of the dish is perfect- there's some crunch which is complemented by the moisture of the egg yolk. 
S had the Saint-Caradec which has scallops flambéed with Calvados and served with a creamy leeks fondue. It was kinda bitter to me, maybe it's the leeks or something. Love the plump and fresh scallops which were well seared and very juicy but they do look kinda pathetic sitting on such a huge crêpe. 

To state the obvious, i did not finish my crêpe and neither did S. They were surprisingly very filling. I think i ate less than half of mine so we doggy bagged (for the dog. :P Couldn't stomach any more crêpe after brunch). Because we were so stuffed, there wasn't any space left for desserts. Heard the flambéed crêpe Suzette is a good choice for a dessert crêpe so maybe next time round (if i do not over order again). 

S thought that it is kinda pricey for crêpes, the mains are about S$20++. Then again that's the price you have to pay for authentic food in Sg. Another authentic French crêperie would be Entre-Nous Crêperie at Seah Street. Should give it a try some day.

If you prefer pancakes, Strictly Pancakes is just next door. However, you've been warned, that place is like a hangout for pimply teenagers and the usual NS boys and uni kids. I would recommend FfT for pancakes just down the road at Queens if you want to avoid the canteen crowd.

Crêperie des Arts
44 Prinsep Street, #01-02/02, Prinsep Place
Tel: +65 6333 5330
Fri–Sun: 12pm – 2pm
Tue–Sun: 6pm – 11pm

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