A new French wine bar always interests me and when I heard about the Crêperie in Shafto Lane it seemed appropriate to get along on World Champagne Day and try it out.
With both indoor and al fresco seating it is an appealing little place – even more so when I had a wander around the racks of wine inside – where I found a small, but well put together, selection of wine – I was particularly impressed to see they were supporting one of my favourite small wineries, Swan Valley Wines with both a red and their excellent Pet Nat.
The menu is as you may expect all about crêpes – galettes – savoury buckwheat flour crepes make up the first part of the menu while sweet crêpes made from wholemeal flour make up part 2.
The wine list has a selection of wine by the glass – but as it was after all a day to salute champagne we decided on a bottle of the best – in this case Cattier Brut – lovely fine bead, apple and yeasty aromas, and pleasant acid citrus on the palate. Made World Champagne Day just that little bit better!
A galette each to start – L’Horizon for me – a nutty crêpe package filled with smoked salmon and chives, along with dill infused cream cheese – good flavours and textures, and complemented the champers very well.
For my dining mate, well he went for the Mon Voisin Jean-Luc described as brie and more brie – and that is what it was – brie inside and more melting out the outside – a sprinkle of black and pink peppercorns – and as he is something of a sucker for ham he ordered ham to be added into the brie mix – and it all went well he said.
Feeling as though a sweet crêpe was on the cards we ordered one to share but the host kindly gave us one each – the Saint-Barth – a delicate crêpe filled with juicy roasted pineapple which had been pimped up with rum with a shot of añejo rhum on the side – beautiful caramel tasting rum it went down a treat with the pineapple.
Certainly a great addition to Shafto Lane, which is filling with places to go and eat and drink – the crêpes or perhaps next time just a drink will hasten my return.