By Pattarawadee Saengmanee
The Sunday Nation
DESPITE BEING tucked away in meandering Sukhumvit Soi 39, upmarket French eatery La Creperie is never short on customers. Its second branch at Siam Paragon is likely to draw even more of a crowd eager to sample authentic Parisian comfort food.
Owned by husband-and-wife team Joseph and Kittiporn Girard, the recently opened restaurant has gone for a retro look complete with a tiled floor and a spacious entresol to make it stand out from its older and cosy sibling.
Foie Gras Poele on Toast
“Everything comes from what my husband loves. When we moved to Bangkok, Joseph missed the flavours of French dishes. Three years ago, we opened La Creperie on Sukhumvit Soi 39 serving savoury and sweet crepes,” Kittiporn says.
“Thai diners may be more familiar with Japanese-style crepes. In France, people often make crepes at home using buckwheat flour and pair them with ham, eggs or cheese. We offer that simple fare here too along with other home-cooked dishes.”
Kittiporn has borrowed the Girard family’s recipes in making her buckwheat French pancakes in Brittany style, the Northwest region that’s famous for salted butter caramel. She sources many of her ingredients overseas, bringing in the butter caramel and foie gras from France, strawberries from the US and the buckwheat from Australia.
Crepe with Bacon, Mushroom, Cheese, Egg and Tomatoes
A breakfast favourite is simply called the Crepe (Bt290) and it’s packed with bacon, mushrooms, cheese, egg and diced tomato dice. It looked great but we opted without regrets for the deliciously creamy but light Crepe Pasta Carbonara (Bt320).
“We also offers crepes in a fusion of Western and Thai styles to suit our Asian customers. For example, our Brunch Crepe is filled with scrambled eggs, grilled salmon steak, burger, holy basil and spicy sausage,” Kittiporn explains.
Main dishes from several regions are included on the menu. Among them are the pan-fried Foie Gras Poele on Toast (Bt590) served with a fruity sauce made from strawberry and grapes and the cheesy French-style Pizza with Cream (Bt240) topped with onion and bacon, which is filling enough for two to share. For a light and healthy lunch, there’s Grilled Sole (Bt550) cooked in brown butter and lemon sauce.
Pizza with Cream
There are plenty of crepes for dessrrt too and a must-try is the Salted Butter Caramel (Bt180) filled with caramelised bananas and paired with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
>> La Creperie is located on the ground floor of Siam Paragon’s Gourmet Garden zone. It’s open daily from 10am to 10pm. Find out more at “LaCreperieBangkok” page on Facebook.