AUTHENTIC FRENCH CREPES AT CAFÉ TRISKELL
Brittany, (Bretagne in French) in the northwest corner of France, is the home of the traditional crepe. Owner and Chef Philippe Fallait welcomes you to visit his petite eatery, painted in sunny yellow and tangerine, and try a classic crepe from his home country. Not only is Philippe very charming, he is also a highly skilled pastry chef who has lived in New York for the past 16 years, working as executive pastry chef in some of the city's finest restaurants.
The menu at Café Triskell features more than two dozen varieties of crepes, both sweet and savory, making this a fine place for a late breakfast or brunch, lunch, dinner, or dessert. In addition to crepes, there are wonderful soups, salads and sandwiches to choose among, offering something for everyone, and all at very affordable prices.
With more than a dozen savory crepes to choose from, I finally decided on one of the most popular. The "Broceliande" is filled with chunks of chicken, freshly grilled vegetables, including eggplant, zucchini and sweet caramelized onions, and a few dabs of creamy goat cheese. I could barely finish the generous portion of vegetables, and at a mere $8.95, this is the most expensive crepe on the menu. My companion devoured a "Benodet" made with freshly sautéed mushrooms, Swiss cheese and herb butter which was simply divine. Other savory choices include smoked turkey with Swiss cheese and red onion relish, or the "Cancale" with smoked salmon, fresh dill, red onion and capers and a touch of créme fraiche. There are plenty of vegetarian choices such as goat cheese and herbs, tomato, mushroom, caramelized onion or just cheese. Don't be surprised to see that your crepe has not been folded. Philippe explained that traditional crepes from Brittany are left open, with the tempting ingredients on top. For his savory crepes, Chef Philippe uses special buckwheat flour which adds a nice texture that holds up to the substantial ingredients in these lunch or dinner crepes.
Real men do eat quiche and you'll find savory quiche Lorraine, with ham, Gruyere cheese and a flaky crust here, as well as the Provencal quiche with roasted vegetables, tomato and goat cheese. Hearty sandwiches round out the menu, including the "Croque Monsieur", a classic bistro sandwich, grilled with ham and cheese ($5.95).
Soft drinks, juices, tea, cappuccino and espresso are
available for now. I loved the refreshing passion iced tea, served with chilled
simple syrup to sweeten to taste. Café Triskell is open six days a week from
11am to 10pm (closed Mondays). For a late breakfast or brunch, lunch, dinner, or
late snack, the traditional crepes, sandwiches, soups and salads at Café
Triskell are perfect for light dining on a budget. If you can't get to France,
go to Café Triskell for authentic French crepes from their birthplace. Bring a
friend or two for a most enjoyable dining experience. Au revoir!