MELBOURNE | Recently opened Pardon My French Creperie South Yarra is located in the heart of bustling Chapel Street and The City Lane was invited to exclusively taste a delicious selection of sweet and savoury crepes from this French-inspired eatery. The Creperie first made its mark in 2014, when it opened at the South Melbourne Markets by owner and head crepe-maker John Milic and his partner Pauline Henley-Smith. Over the last year its overwhelming popularity led to the decision to open a permanent shop, where customers could enjoy their crepes at all times.
Although Pardon My French Creperie undoubtedly has the indulgent desserts covered, there are also plenty of savoury, nutritious options for the more health conscious, such as Chicken Special, a mixture of chicken breast, tasty cheese, baby spinach, basil and passata. I decided to kick off the evening by tucking into the Vegetarian Delight, a warm crepe filled with sundried tomatoes, bocconcini cheese, mushrooms, baby spinach, balsamic vinegar and basil pesto. This is the first savoury crepe I have ever tried, and it did not disappoint. The flavour combination was divine, hearty and filling, but not too heavy.
Although I found it difficult to choose between the extensive selection of mouth watering sweet crepes on offer, I eventually opted for The Canadian. A new addition to the menu, this crepe oozed with Canadian maple syrup and freshly sliced banana, topped with a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar. In addition I was lucky enough to taste the Strawbanella, a combination of freshly sliced banana and strawberries, drizzled with Nutella, and a generous sprinkling of hundreds and thousands for extra measure (cream or ice cream can also be added). Tasty and decadent, these could crepes satisfy any sweet tooth!
We were also invited to try the gluten free crepe base, an equally tasty alternative, which the owner has worked tirelessly to perfect. Moreover, John is more than happy to accommodate every customer, offering to alter ingredients on the menu to create a unique, personally customised combination. For John, making crepes was a childhood passion, which culminated in the opening of the Creperie. Using his mother’s recipe, John’s passion for the industry is evident in the indisputable quality of his product.
I would highly recommend this Pardon My French Creperie for a great value, satisfying lunch or a cheeky after dinner dessert. I will most definitely be returning to sample a couple of flavours I have my eye on!
Pardon My French Creperie
396 Chapel Street
South Yarra 3141
Telephone: 0438 884 236
Mon – Fri: 5:00pm to 11:00pm
Sat – Sun: 9:00am to 11:00pm