Friday, March 23, 2007
Crepes & Co.
Brings Mediterranean closer to Bangkok
In Bangkok, people argue that Crepes & Co. serves cuisine of Morocco, Spain, or Greece, and many had been told that it is French. My answer is, all of them. It is Mediterranean, it is fusion. Crepes & Co. brings crepes dancing tanks to its owner and head chef Serge Bruttin's non-stop creations. Mr. Bruttin had been a resident of Morocco, Spain and Greece which ensured his fundamentals in the Mediterranean states' culinary skills.
Mediterranean crepes are not popular in Bangkok, and I am not a fan of crepes; but I don't limit myself to innovative dining, as Crepes & Co. is one. I read from an article claiming that eating at Crepes & Co. is not just a meal, but rather exiting experience of the Mediterranean treat and crepes. Besides his regular menu, Mr. Bruttin from time to time introduces his new creations, his crepes are never just a layer of batter with stuffing like so many others do. They are thin and crispy with balance taste of batter, not too sweet. It is sensational.
When my friend suggested to have crepes last week, Crepes & Co. at once came into my mind. We started with a glass of healthy papaya juice and almond smoothie while browsing the menu, the selections were plentiful. Before the crepes being served, we had a salad and the tomato-orange soup, just like the menu described, the name sounds weird but its taste was heavenly delicious. The kick off of our lunch was not bad.
Further we shared the seafood Provencale, crepes stuffed with prawn and squid in tomato and wine sauce; and the crepes Christine, crepes stuffed with champignons (mushroom), onions fondue, tomato, feta cheese and oregano. Like I mentioned, crepes layer were thin and crispy, with hints of aroma from the batter. The stuffing, natural goodness of ingredients was covered by the overwhelming taste of salt, had no excitement in taste and was rather salty than tasty.
To conclude our lunch, we ordered the choco-Cointreau, it is crepes flambe with rich chocolate fillings and vanilla-orange ice cream flambe in Cointreau liqueur, the server was supposed to flambe or light a fire when liqueur was slowly poured down onto the crepes; however, he didn't. When I questioned him about it, he simply suggested that we eat the crepes in the way he served! So for our crepes flambe choco-Cointreau at Crepes & Co., shall we eat the crepes and drink the liqueur?
After lunch, my friend told me he was not impressed of the culinary skills there, they were too generous in using of salt and the ingredients lack of its taste naturally (probably deep-frozen too long); added that the sissy acting waiter was neither skillful nor polite in handling of our order and the crepes flambe. I admired the enthusiasm the owner brought crepes and Mediterranean cuisine to the culinary scene into Bangkok, but it is sad that his team of chefs didn't follow it. We left the place with much disappointment.
Crepes & Co. ***1/2
18 Sukhumvit Soi 12
Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110
Crepe & Co.
Open daily : 9 am - midnight
Pay (food only for two): around THB 1,500