Ever had that urge to hop on a plane and go somewhere far far away… like say Paris? Yeah, me too but it ain’t happening anytime soon! Instead, the next best thing on where one can get authentic Parisian crepes is found on the East End of the city at the newly opened and highly popular, Le Carpe Diem Creperie on Grenfell Street a few doors down from East End Yiros.
Front counter and cabinet display of French pastries and desserts
The trio of us arrived to a packed cafe with no spare seats but we tried our luck and asked the waiter for a table for three expecting an estimated wait time. Instead, we were led upstairs (!) where they had more seating available. Who knew there was a hidden stair case behind the back – score!
The cafe was decked out in old vintage looking clocks, lots of French-esque paintings, prints and artwork, French motifs such as the Eiffel Tower in forms of little statues and paintings, a variety of decorative lighting fixtures and a window bench seat with an array of cushions for patrons; all of which were accented by wooden floorboards, timber picture frames and timer furniture.
The folks at Le Carpe Diem Cafe Creperie specialise in crepes, both savoury and sweet. The savoury crepes aka galettes, are crepes made with buckwheat flour (gluten free) and does not have egg, sugar or milk – great news for those with celiac disease or are on a gluten free diet.
Soy latte; $4.00
I already had lunch before I arrived so my eyes shot immediately to their sweet crepes menu whilst my companions feasted their taste buds to a quimper each.
Quimper: swiss gruyere cheese, ham, tomatoes, mushrooms, caramelised onions, olives, basil; $13.50
Sweet crepe; $5.00
When in doubt, stick to the basics! And so I did.
A simple sweet crepe with sugar and freshly squeezed lemon. Simplicity at its best. Thin, delicate and chewy crepe with the right amount of citrus paired with a sprinkle of sweet sugar. The other notable drool worthy option that I was tossing up between was the margaux: fig, fig jam, walnut, maple syrup and vanilla ice cream; $11.50. That’ll have to be a next time thing.
A little piece of Paris in good ol’ Radelaide for some tasty authentic French crepes made to order which you can enjoy with a cuppa tea, coffee, fresh juice, French cider or even a glass of wine!
Le Carpe Diem Cafe Creperie
230-232 Grenfell Street
Adelaide SA 5000
P 08 8123 7488