From sweet nutella crepes to savoury ham-filled ones, we dish out the 10 best places in Singapore for the good ol' French crêpe
Think macarons are the only French confections worthy of worship? Anyone who’s been to France would disagree – eclairs, souffles and Mont-Blancs aside, it’s the humble crêpe that’s steadfastly held on to everyone’s hearts. Said to originate from Brittany, France, the thin pancake is made from wheat flour (for sweet desserts) or buckwheat flour (for savoury galettes) and served with various fillings. Can’t wait to dig in? Here’s our round-up of the best places for crêpes in Singapore (p.s: it’s not all French restaurants!).
Meticulously-crafted pastries aside, this pretty Parisian pâtisserie also covers mains, like The Nordic Crêpe, stuffed with smoked salmon, capers, red onion and dill cream cheese, for the light eater. But it’s the Nougatine Crêpe that calls for return trips. Filled with nutella, salted caramel, caramelised filo and Nougatine ice cream, this one’s clearly bent on chasing our dessert-loving hearts.
Antoinette, 30 Penhas Road, Singapore 208188, p. 6293 3121.
Entre Nous Crêperie
It can’t get more authentic than this. Entre Nous Crêperie specialises in cuisine from Brittany (the birthplace of the confection). Set up by a tradition-loving French couple, the crêperie dishes out both savoury and sweet crêpes with equal flair. Of the savouries, the Entre-nous with mashed Avo, garlic, cream and fresh prawns will keep you satiated without the oft-inevitable bloatedness. You’ll want to save room for dessert – toppings for the sweet crepes include everything from homemade sorbet to grated coconut. Down yours with a glass of French apple cider for the real deal.
Entre-Nous Crêperie, 27 Seah Street, Singapore 188383, p. 6333 4671.
The White Rabbit
A meal at this charming chapel-turned-restaurant is never complete without flamboyant tableside shows of crêpe suzettes in the making. Prepared for you at your table, the crêpe is flambéed in a citrus-packed orange sauce and liquer and served with a scoop of moreish vanilla gelato. Though deceptively simple looking, the flavours are powerful and totally addictive – little wonder it’s a signature dish here.
The White Rabbit, 39C Harding Road, Singapore 249541, p. 6473 9965.
Meaning ‘the counter’ in French, hip French creperie and bar O Comptoir updates the traditional crêpe with unusual, modern flavours. Take Khao San Road from its savoury menu; filled with prawn, mango, mint and peanuts, this unconventional crêpe bursts with rich flavours and is likely to be far more memorable than your usual Nutella order. Sweet tooths too have plenty to pick from; the “PS I love you” of vanilla ice cream, homemade salted caramel and grilled caramel consistently earning rave reviews. Pop by for a cuppa and a crêpe in the afternoon; that’s when the resto is at its most laid-back and casual.
Ô Comptoir, 79 Circular Road, Singapore 049433, p. 6534 7645.
A long-time player on the Club Street scene, L’Angelus caters to true French palates here with its authentic, rustic fare composed of specially air-flown ingredients and traditions studiously passed down through generations. Resembling the corner restaurants abundant in Parisian streets, the high-ceiling space – with its tiled floors, vintage photographs and brasserie furnishings – is charming and cosy. Befitting its unapologetically French menu and setting is the inclusion of the Les crêpes Suzette ‘devant vous’ flambées au Grand Marnier – the resto’s rendition features thin crepes bathed in orange juice, and flambéed with Grand Marnier liquer to perfection.
L’Angelus, 85 Club Street, Singapore 069453, p. 6225 6897.
So this Japanese crêpe chain isn’t the fanciest or most authentic of French crêperies. But we’ve got no complaints when the exhaustive menu features everything from the classics to the bizarrely delicious. We could wax lyrical about classic fillings, but it’s the Japanese flavours like Green Tea Shiratama Azuki that’s got us trooping to Liang Court on crepey (sorry) days.
Mazazu Crepe, Liang Court, 177 River Valley Road, #B1-30/30A, Singapore 179030.
Located in downtown Tanjong Pagar and Orchard Central, French-inspired Japanese Henri Charpentier is a world away from your average crêperie. Within its palatial space, you’ll find over-the-top draping, fancy seating and touches of striking fuschia as an ode to its flagship store in Ginza. While pastries are the stars here, its crêpe suzette is no runner-up. Thin and light-as-air, it’s cooked in a copper pan ’til a gorgeous caramelised sauce made from butter, orange juice and liqueur forms.
Henri Charpentier, Various outlets including Orchard Central and Wallich Street.
Raise your hands if you’ve hastily walked into a Saybons store with a spontaneous craving for crêpe. Don’t remember being disappointed? We don’t either. The casual French bistro dishes out a satisfying spread of fresh crêpes, always served piping hot and satisfyingly crispy. Pick from savouries like the breakfast fave of Bacon and Avocado, sweets like Strawberry Seduction (Varlhorna white chocolate, come to momma) or make your own – toppings are customisable.
Saybons, Various outlets including Plaza Singapura and Junction 8.