Entre Nous Creperie - 27 Seah Street
What's not to like about a good crepe? Crisp, delicate and light, filled with something decadently sweet or delightfully savoury; it is proof that a God with tastebuds exists. The catch is that a truly good crepe has proved almost impossible to find; what one typically gets is a too-thick, doughy and soggy pancake masquerading as one. As such, when this eatery with its roots in Brittany came highly recommended from a most discerning friend, I prayed that my search was finally at an end. And it was, albeit at a rather hefty price tag of $69.85 for a party of two.
I went for the Entre Nous Set ($29) which came with a salad, one galette (i.e. savoury buckwheat crepe) and one crepe. The Salad of the Day comprised juicy cherry tomato halves, succulent shrimp, sweet crab-sticks, crisp lettuce and gorgeous raw mushrooms that crumbled in an explosion of rich earthiness with each mouthful. Everything was chopped to just that perfect bite-size; large enough to be munched on yet small enough to be eaten elegantly.
This was followed by a Le Ouessant Galette (alternatively $18.10 a la carte) which scored the ultimate umami trifecta of eggs, mushrooms and Emmental cheese couched in the richness of cream and porcine punchiness of ham. Wonderfully satisfying with such indulgent ingredients, the weight of this filling was juxtaposed against its buckwheat crepe parcel. It was so sheer, light and crisp that I marveled at how it held everything together. Beneath the obvious butteriness, the subtle nature of buckwheat could be just discerned. Actually unrelated to comparatively flat-tasting wheat, buckwheat flour is made from a fruit-seed that is nutty and fragrant.
I washed all that down with a mug of House Cider (supplement of $3), opting for the dry rather than the sweet. It was quite strong with a light acidity without being too sour. This mildly effervescent beverage was just perfect to cleanse my palette of all that eggy, cheesy and creamy sin.
Meanwhile, my dining companion went for the Geraldine's Favourite ($17.50) paired with a glass of Rosé ($11). This galette could only be described as a cheese-lover's dream; mild Emmental set a creamy, mellow stage for the dazzling displays of intense Roquefort and sharp goat cheese. Needless to say, this utterly rich and divinely creamy creation literally oozed with delicious character.
My set was rounded off with an Entre Nous Crepe ($3 supplement for a les gourmandes dessert crepe or $9.10 a la carte), their signature salted butter caramel crepe. The secret to its magic was the bold use of salt that rendered it a hair's breadth from savoriness but magnified the buttery decadence and smoky sugariness of the caramel a thousandfold. The ribbons of caramel sauce virtually explode on the tongue with astonishing depth and intensity; it's no wonder the stuff is sold in jars at $12 a pop.