A galette or to be more specific a Breton galette (originating from the Brittany region of France) is a thin pancake made with buckwheat flour usually with a savory filling. Buckwheat is not related to wheat rather is related to sorrel, knotweed and rhubarb. The seeds are rich in complex carbohydrates and being non-grass it is a pseudocereal. In France, a restaurant specialized in galettes and crepes is called a crêperie. Now I would love to tell you about the place that serves the best galettes in Paris, the Breizh Café (the Brittany region is colloquially known as Breizh in French).
Bertrand Larcher, the founder of Breizh Cafe did his specialization in culinary skills from Ecole Hoteliere of Dinard in the Brittany region. He then moved to Tokyo with his wife where they soon became attached to the French community in Japan. In 1996 he opened his first crêperie in Kagurazaka,Tokyo and named it Le Bretagne. After his success in Tokyo he decided to return to his birthplace in Fougeres in the year 2002. In the same year he started a creperie named Le Tivabro in Fougeres. In 2005 he opened the first Breizh Cafe in Cancale, France and thus a brand was born. Then in 2007 Breizh Café extended beyond Brittany and the first restaurant was set up in Paris. For this he chose the posh area of Marais in the 3rd arrondissement. In the mean-time between 2005 and 2008, six other Breizh Cafes opened their doors in Japan.
After the brief history, now let’s focus on the only Breizh Cafe in Paris. It is located at 109 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris and is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 11:30 A.M to 10:00 P.M. Taking a reservation is advisable due to the huge popularity of this crêperie. For example someone looking for a place at around 8 P.M. without reservation may have to wait till 10 P.M. to get one (we faced it once ourselves). For making a reservation you have to call them from 9:30 to 11:30 A.M. Here is the official website in english : www.breizhcafe.com/en
I wanted to visit Breizh Cafe for a special occasion and Mitra's 31st birthday which fell on a Sunday gave me the perfect opportunity. I wanted to take him to a place that's outstanding yet pocket friendly and Breizh Cafe is just the right choice. I thus reserved a place for two at 8:30 P.M. However after reaching there we had to wait for about 5 minutes at the entrance before we got our table (this shows how busy and popular the restaurant is, and thus taking a reservation is a must).
|Ham and cheese galette|
|Andouilles in the Fougeraise|
I opted for a sweet cider (Cidre doux) to drink along with our galettes and was happy to find that Mitra liked the taste. Thus I can safely say that it was here that I tasted one of the best galettes in Paris.
For desserts we opted for crêpes. Mitra tried the Breizh Cafe special crêpe, Carrement Caramel and I took the crêpe flambe Duchess Anne. Carrement caramel is a crêpe with caramelized salted butter, Chantilly cream and caramelized salted butter ice cream, while Duchess Anne is an apple puree filled crêpe flambe with Lambig, a Brittany liquor produced by distilling hard cider.
|Butter and sugar crêpe|
I also tried the basic butter and sugar mixture crêpe. Each of the crêpes was tasty and the sweet tooth in me wanted to eat more. It was a beautiful evening spent in the company of my favorite person, eating good food and drinking good cider.