One of the joys of our city is stumbling upon a tiny gem of a restaurant where you least expect one. No PR hype, no raised expectations, but when you reach there, you find great food. Crepes are the focus of this tiny little place that is accessible from the middle lane of Khan Market. Most of them are savoury, a few being sweet. The savoury ones are made with whole-wheat flour, to which a pinch of cinnamon powder has been added. Le Coq (Rs 345), for instance, was a complete meal consisting of roast chicken batons in a mushroom sauce, dripping with mozzarella. There are several other crepes, all smothered in mozzarella, including those that contain vegetarian fillings, most of which have a western sensibility.
Why you would even want to visit Crepes if you hated western food is a mystery, but they even cater to that segment of the market with their Indien (Rs 335) that features a butter chicken-like flowing gravy combined, somewhat bizarrely, in a crepe that is delicately flavoured with cinnamon and flowing with mozzarella.
The sweet crepes include Au Citron (Rs 125) – tangy fresh lemon juice with a light dusting of sugar and a swirl of real cream. The other thing that Crepes specializes in is all-day breakfasts. Eggs Benedict (Rs 245), Baked Eggs (Rs 245) and Omelette (Rs 195-395) are standards but Berry Bowl is a gourmet indulgence of the healthy kind: a variety of berries and muesli on yogurt with honey. Sweet, tangy, crunchy and fruity all at once, it is a good option when you want nothing more than a healthy dessert.
All the sandwiches are served with your choice of two side orders. I chose signature chips and received a bowl of French fries cut with their skins on and deep-fried so that the insides were soft and buttery, yet the outsides remained crisp. In this day and age of imported fries, those at Crepes are a rare delight. The other side order I asked for was Honey Carrots: batons that have been roasted to bring out their inherent sweetness. Croque Monsieur (Rs 350) – that French classic with melting cheese and crisp bacon is as good as it gets.
There are pastas, salads, soups and side orders, the latter being helpful for those times when a full dish isn’t quite filling enough, or you’re not hungry enough to manage an entire order.
The healthy quotient of Crepes lies in their smoothies. I had the highly recommended Apple Ginger Zing (Rs 135) and found that it was the only false note in an otherwise pleasant experience. French food is usually hugely expensive and complicated in India. This is one place that uses elements of French food in a simple, almost homely little eatery.
66 Khan Market, 1st floor
Tel: 43528300, 9818900005
Open from 10.30 am to 10.30 pm
Credit cards accepted; no alcohol served
Average cost of a meal for two: Rs 1,200