Crepe Symphony Cafe
Since opening in March of this year, I had looked forward to trying out Crepe Symphony Cafe but never got around to it. When I passed it on my way to De Dutch a couple of weeks ago, it reminded me to put it back on top of my list for places to try for breakfast/brunch. Before doing some last minute Christmas shopping and frantic gift wrapping, Joe and I popped in for a quick bite to eat.
Located right next to Tres Carnales, you won’t be able to miss it. The place was empty when we arrived, although a couple more tables did get filled as we ate our meal. Not surprising, the weather that day was beyond freezing and even walking the three blocks to get there made us shiver! The sole server there was friendly and attentive, sipping on coffee and cleaning up the counters while waiting for us to look over the menu.
The menu is simple, divided into two savory menus for breakfast and lunch, as well as a sweet menu for those who need their sugar rush. I’m always torn between the two, but savory always wins when I’m there for breakfast/brunch. Something about eggs, or a nice Hollandaise sauce, will always win over strawberries or chocolate.
To warm up, I ordered a hot chocolate. It was one of the better hot chocolates I’ve ever had, not even sure what they put in it! Joe had his coffee with cream and sugar and didn’t comment too much on it. I’ve learned that if he doesn’t say anything at all, he’s usually content. If he does say something, it’s either because it’s horribly bad, or wonderfully delicious. I can only assume the coffee was just coffee.
Our orders arrived quickly. I ordered the salmon eggs benedict, because a regular eggs benedict just won’t do for me. The crepes wrapped around soft poached eggs, which was more like medium poached eggs, layered with smoked salmon, a bit of cream cheese, and drizzled with a caper Hollandaise sauce. The dish was well done, although I wished for more Hollandaise sauce. I surprisingly was able to finish the whole dish, which can only mean that to the average person, this might have been a small portion. Although very light, I was happily satisfied and topped myself up on my rich hot chocolate.
Joe ordered the chicken mushroom crêpe, topped with pickles and, I believe, a crème fraîche. I had a bite of it and man, if you’re a fan of mushrooms, this one is for you. I don’t think I got a bite of chicken with it and if I did, the mushrooms overpowered any other flavor you might have. Joe enjoyed it, being a fan of mushrooms, whereas I’m a bit pickier with how my mushrooms are prepared. The pickles were a nice touch though.
Overall, Crepe Symphony is a good breakfast/brunch alternative. I would return to try a sweet crêpe, or if I’m in the mood for a lighter, yet filling, breakfast/brunch meal. An added bonus is a lot of their menu items are gluten-free!Crepe Symphony Cafe
10115 – 100 A Ave
(587) 520-7111 Twitter: @crepesymphony