Photo: Wat Lanka, Phnom Penh.

La Creperie

Authentic Breton fare

St 308, Sangkat Tonle Bassac, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 640 7600 
http://www.lacreperie.com.cn

La Creperie

A real Breton crepe is one of life’s simple but very real pleasures: thin and crispy on top, soft and slightly thicker at the bottom, wrapped around a rich sweet or savoury filling of your choice. Given France’s long influence in Cambodia, it’s kind of surprising that there hasn’t been a creperie in Phnom Penh long before this one opened its doors in 2014. But La Creperie goes a long way towards compensating for the lost time.

Authentic to the bone.

Authentic to the bone.

Set in a 1970s villa on Street 308, just a little beyond all the sleeky hipster hangouts, La Creperie presents something of a homelier antidote to all that hard-worked polish for which Bassac Lane has become known. They have stripped the building back to its bare bones to reveal the lovely tiles and woodwork beneath and breathed new life into what was once a very tired and grubby space. You can sit indoors, under the observation of some cheesy, super-Breton, sailors, or step outside to a cosy, covered patio area done up like a Breton teahouse with wooden clapboards, storm lamps and, of course, a lighthouse. Brittany is nothing without its lighthouses.

Brittany's

Brittany’s “phare” fetish runs deep.

La Creperie is actually part of a chain that is setting feet across Asia, with outlets in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Ho Chi Minh City. However thanks in large part to the team who work here, the feeling is anything but chainy. Friendly, efficient, helpful, we couldn’t have felt more welcomed and personal.

Simple but smart.

Simple but smart.

And the food didn’t disappoint one jot; it was as good as any crepe we’ve had in Brittany itself. Made with buckwheat, Breton crepes have a deeper, more roasted flavour than plain flour crepes or pancakes and, made properly, the wafer thin top should crunch nicely against whatever soft filling you’ve chosen to go inside. They’re also gluten free.

La Creperie imports a lot of its ingredients directly from France, including the salted butter with which Bretons are utterly obsessed and, of course, some real Breton cider to wash down your crepe and complete the meal.

La Paimpont -- chicken, cream, mushroom and salad -- hitting all the right notes.

La Paimpont — chicken, cream, mushroom and salad — hitting all the right notes.

They cover all the traditional fillings, including ‘la complete’ — ham, Emmental cheese and an egg ($6) — all the way up to ‘La Piano’ — smoked salmon, spinach, egg and cream ($11.50). Sweet crepes run from $2.50 to $4.50, including a magical sounding ‘La Krampouz’ filled with caramelised apple, salted butter caramel and cinnamon ($4.50), or perhaps the simpler things in life appeal, like Nutella ($3).

At lunchtime — between 11:00 and 14:30 — you can choose between a selection of set menus offering a main, dessert and, for some, drinks, for as little as $8, up to $11.50, which may make the meal a little more approachable for some budgets.


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La Creperie
St 308, Sangkat Tonle Bassac, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 640 7600 
http://www.lacreperie.com.cn

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