OK, so the Budaiya Highway is perhaps not the most peaceable of venues at the moment but, Crêpe Café makes it worth the visit and hopefully things will quieten down a bit soon.
Tucked away in Palm Court, right next to Words bookshop, the venue off the Budaiya Highway, is actually the perfect place for a lunch for one. Take a book and settle down to some serious indulgence in this light-filled space.
I went for a mid-week, mid-afternoon lunch with a pal and we both walked out with our bellies fit to burst – having promised ourselves only one course and failed miserably to deliver.
I had the chicken farmhouse crêpe liberally stuffed with béchamel sauce, mushrooms, cheese and a good helping of chicken breast.
My pal went for the Norwegian which comes with smoked salmon, asparagus, spring onions, béchamel and cheese.
Silence fell as we tucked in and neither of us spoke until we’d cleared our plates.
These are not combinations I would usually think of putting in a pancake which, to me, are essentially the preserve of Shrove Tuesday and pretty much reserved for an accompaniment of lemon juice and sugar, so the combination of the crêpe with the strong, savoury tatstes was a really welcome surprise.
Both came with absolutely teeming fillings which looked really appetising spilling from the sides of the fluffy crêpe and tasted equally good.
For desserts which, having looked at the menu, we found it impossible to resist despite our very best efforts, I went for the strawberry fields waffle which comes with fresh strawberries, strawberry syrup, chocolate sauce and whipped cream (my mouth is watering as I write this).
My pal went for the mixed berry pancake, with mixed berries, strawberries, whipped cream and ice cream. She had the double but, if you’ve got room, you can go for a stack of three for an extra few hundred fils. All I can say is something this deliciously decadent should surely be illegal. Even though I was pleasantly full from the savoury pancake this just looked so beautiful I was powerless to resist.
The tartness of the strawberries formed the perfect accompaniment to the strawberry syrup and chocolate sauce and I didn’t have the ice cream, which is on the menu, preferring instead an extra helping of whipped cream. Heaven on a plate. That is all.
My pal was equally as impressed and I must say that this is one of the few meals I’ve eaten on Time Out’s behalf where I could find nothing more to wish for. It made the trip to the Budaiya Highway more than worth our while.
The bill (for two) Chicken farmhouse crêpe BD2.800 Norwegian crêpe BD3.600 Strawberry fields waffle BD2.500 Mixed berry pancakes BD2.200 Tea x 2 BD2.000 Total BD13.100
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