In mood to try the French version of the south Indian dosa? Go for crepes, which are quickly catching up with the palates of the city’s youngsters. One of the most interesting innovations given by the French to the world, a crepe is a type of a pancake usually made of wheat flour and stuffed with a variety of ingredients. If you like this dish, but don’t know where to find it in the city, then worry no more, as we bring you some eateries that serve both authentic and the ‘dilli’ versions of the delicacy.
The Mozart Cafe
This relatively new place has become the talk of the town because of the crepes that it offers. “We make crepes to suit the Indian palate. Our speciality is the Crepe Suzette, a delicacy from France, which is prepared only when ordered well in advance,” says chef Niranjan Chauhan.
Must try: Crespelle and Suzette
Cost: Rs 325 plus taxes
Where: The Mozart Cafe, LG-34, DLF South Point Mall, Golf Course Road, DLF Phase 5, Gurgaon; Tel: 01244069674
This place serves some lip-smacking crepes. “We stick to European recipes,” says chef Rajkumar.
Must try: Spanish Corn Crepe
Cost: Rs 525 plus taxes
Where: 18, N Block Market, Greater Kailash - I
Tel: 41632280, 41632281
Out Of The Box
This is yet another place that serves delectable crepes, which are a hit with people of all age groups. “Our intention is to make crepes as authentic as possible. We try to make minor alterations only in the stuffing of the crepe on the customer’s request. The ham and cheese crepe that we make is a big hit with our customers,” says corporate chef Manoj Uphadhyay.
Must Try: Nutella crepe, spinach and ricotta cheese crepe, street crepe
Cost: Rs 280 onwards plus taxes
Where: 5, Khan Market
Smoke House Deli
The crepes here are given an Indian twist. “We modify our recipes keeping our customers’ preferences in mind. Our Wild Mushroom Artichoke Crepe, which is our innovation, is quite popular. The exotic stuffing gives the crepe a unique flavour. We also serve crepes coated with honey, which enhances the taste and also the overall look of the dish. Honey on crepes is like the icing on the cake,” says chef Shamsul Wahid.
Must Try: Wild Mushroom Artichoke Crepe
Cost: Rs 350 plus taxes
Where: Ground Floor, DLF Promenade Mall, Nelson Mandela Road, Vasant Kunj
This fine dine restaurant serves crepes with egg as the main ingredient. “The crepe didn’t find many patrons when it was introduced here, but its popularity soared gradually,” says Ashish Joshi, executive chef. “A crepe is a lot like dosa, with the difference being that it is made of thin batter and hence is crispier. We serve around eight varieties of crepes, including sweet ones. This dish has become quite popular,” he adds.
Must try: Veggie Dream, Traffic Breakfast Crepe, Texmex
Cost: Rs 625 onwards plus taxes
Where: Jaypee Siddharth, 3, Rajendra Place, New Delhi
Basil & Thyme
Since its inception 20 years ago, this restaurant has been known to be experimental. But when it comes to their crepes, they stick to the original version. “Our crepes are prepared following the authentic European recipe and we don’t make any alterations to this original recipe,” says owner Sunil Chandra.
Must try: Mushroom spinach and cheese crepe, smoked salmon dill and cheese crepe
Cost: Rs 465 plus taxes
Where: Santushti Shopping Complex, New Wellington Camp, Chanakyapuri; Tel: 24674933
Apart from the yummy crepes here, you will also get to enjoy some live music at this open-air restaurant. Known for its Asparagus Corn Crepe and Gunaper Berry Crepe made of ham, Cafe E offers a wide variety of veg and non-veg crepes. “We specialise in sweet crepes too. Our Hazelnut Choco Crepe is a favourite with our guests. We come up with our own unique recipe for each crepe,” says head chef Akhilesh Mandola.
Must Try: Hazelnut Choco Crepe
Cost: Rs 300 plus taxes
Where: Ground floor, 151, DLF Emporio Mall, Nelson Mandela Marg, Vasant Kunj
Tel: 46767772, 64704449
1 Cafe Bar
The best thing about this outlet is that you can get the chef to make you a crepe filled with the stuffing of your choice. “We offer original as well as Indian crepes on demand. Our customers have a wide variety of ingredients to choose from for the stuffing,” says Anay Mukherjee, corporate chef.
Must Try: Bishimal Chicken Crepe, Capri Grilled Crepe, ham and cheese crepe
Cost: Rs 291, Rs 391, Rs 321 plus taxes
Where: Ground floor, Select City walk, Press Enclave Marg, Saket Tel: 41006956, 43065355
It specialises in serving delicious crepes. “We stick to the original French recipe, as authenticity is essential to distinguish one dish from the other. The filling of the crepe changes, but the basic recipe remains the same. Our crepes have always been liked by people of all ages,” says Vik Ahluwalia, MD, Oye Crepes. With pocket-friendly prices, this outlet is a hit among youngsters. The outlet serves around nine varieties of savoury crepes and 10 different sweet crepes.
Must Try: Vivala Crepe, Chicken Marcopolo, Plain Jane Crepe with butter and Chocoholic Crepe
Cost: Rs 120 onwards
Where: Foodcourt, Unitech IT Towers, sector- 21, Gurgaon