Rue de Creperie has been open for about six months now where a shortlived froyo shop used to be (and next door to Babka). Fortunately for this business their nearest direct competitor is not immediately across the road but at the other end of Fitzroy (the long established Breizoz).
I went in for lunch on the weekend. The interior is possibly more charming and stylish than the exterior suggests. The walls feature naively cute Frenchy-chic murals and small planter boxes with plants peeking out. It’s a comfortable and inviting space.
Everyone around me seemed to be having sweet crepes for breakfast but I had in mind something savoury and ordered a smoked salmon galette and a long macchiato. My coffee was really good and, most importantly, the galette was perfect. Crisp and delicious, with plenty of smoked salmon and creamy cheese sauce inside, crisp salad leaves on top and the right balance of salty and savoury.
It would be unwise to overlook Rue de Creperie when wandering Brunswick St because you’d be missing out on something great. While it may benefit from some Babka overflow, it is more than good enough to survive on its own merits.
I saw these crutches abandoned on the footpath on Rose St earlier this week. Normally used by people with temporary injuries after being discharged from hospital, they are rented and returned once people have recovered. Did someone venture out for the evening, then accidentally leave them behind when they got into their car to go home? After drinking, did they abandon them as the pain of their injury was momentarily forgotten? If so they’re going to get a painful bill soon.
The writing on the front window says SHFTY CHEV. I was initially puzzled. My friend, whose father likes hot rods, thought it was a reference to vintage American cars but it’s really a cheese cafe and bar called Shifty Chevre. It’s new on Brunswick St on the corner of Rose St (opposite Bimbo Deluxe). Cafe by day, bar by night (when the liquor license is approved).
I wanted it to be good because the balance of businesses on the northern end of Brunswick St has been precarious of late. For all the optimism of big investments like Naked for Satan / Naked on the Roof and, more recently, the big new Chocolateria San Churro, that kind of style has been relatively lacking north of Johnston St. In this context it’s good to see Cider House established and seemingly popular.
It was good. The coffee, my usual long macchiato ($3.50), was lovely. The basic croque monsieur (a very modest $6) was generous with the bechamel and nutmeg and was most pleasing. So a quality breakfast is possible for under $10 (that’s impressive considering that $4 is the coffee price at other new places like Major Major). There’s a vegetarian croque monsieur too and baguettes for lunch. A wide cabinet is full of cheese to purchase and take home.
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