La Place Creperie: in the shadow of the Palace of Versailles
17 Rue Colbert, Versailles, France
Right outside of the Palace of Versailles and I really mean right outside the Palace, across the street there is a charming little creperie that serves sweet and savoury crepes. France is filled with many creperies, some are restaurants and some are just food stalls but at La Place Creperie, you can see the Palace of Versailles from the window. We went in for a quick snack before our train ride back into the suburbs.
Since we tried the famous Mont Blanc dessert inside the Palace of Versailles, we decided to order the Mont Blanc crepe which was a play on the traditional European dessert of meringue, cream and sweet chestnut paste.
I would not have guessed that this crepe was a play on the Mont Blanc since we didn’t see a trace of the trademark chestnut paste anywhere on top of the crepe and there wasn’t any meringue either. In place of the fluffy egg white meringue and cream there was a scoop of sweet vanilla ice cream and a dusting of powdered sugar. And the crepe was filled with piping hot, sweet and sticky chestnut paste.
The crepe was also very soft and delicate. We learned in France that only sweet dessert crepes are made from wheat flour with sugar and some butter added for taste and fluffy texture. The savoury crepes (which I will review later) are made from buckwheat flour and are stiffer with crispy edges and folded into a square with filling. The batter for these savoury crepes are not sweetened. I have only found one French creperie in Vancouver that serves crepes in this fashion and it’s tucked away off Robson Street near the West End: La Bretagne Creperie, owned by a French family. They also make a fantastic French onion soup with lots of gooey cheese.
The Mont Blanc crepe was warm, decadent, buttery, sticky and delicious and was the perfect snack before our train ride from Versailles.