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La Crêperie de Hampstead, London [Review]

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Reviewed by the Wild Boar

We used to go to a crêperie in South Kensington which we really loved. We later found out that the original branch was a stand in Hampstead, a pretty posh part of town. There is also another branch in Marylebone, but long story short, it’s quite stingy with the ingredients so just avoid it.

Anyway we had been to this stand several times recently and deemed it blogworthy. The stand is open from 1200 to 2300 everyday (it closes at 2300 sharp, regardless of how long the queue still is, and yes, there’s a queue at 2300, in Hampstead, waiting for crepes from a little stand beside a pub). We arrived at about 2220 after having had dinner at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon and still felt a bit peckish. Joining the queue, we waited about 30 minutes before getting our crepes.


La Crêperie de Hampstead London

The PigPig had her favourite, mixed Belgian white and dark chocolate, while I had a banana and Belgian milk chocolate crepe. Do note if you go, that they also have chocolate syrup, which you may receive if you’re not clear enough in your order instead of the Belgian chocolate (not that it has happened to us).


La Crêperie de Hampstead London


La Crêperie de Hampstead London


La Crêperie de Hampstead London

The crepes itself are itself quite thin and light, and the edges are nice and crispy. This branch is very generous with its ingredients and the chocolate will literally ooze out when you bite if you’re not careful. The crepes come in a little plastic cup and a paper cone that can be torn away at several layers as you have less and less remaining crepe, quite an ingenious idea.


La Crêperie de Hampstead London

La Crêperie de Hampstead
77 Hampstead High Street,
Hampstead,
London,
NW7 1RE
Tel: +44(0)207445 6767
Official website

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mycookinghut said...

Thanks for sharing this! I love crêpe and I want to go there one day! Do they have the choice of sarrasin (buckwheat flour)

Jenn said...

I've recently started loving crepes. We don't really have a shop like that around here. I wish there was.

pixen said...

Ooooh yes.. I was there years before. I was invited by an Auction house for a preview at this gorgeous mansion somewhere off this town.

To MyCookingHut - If not mistaken, I think they do have sarrrasin because it's my hubby's favourite and as usual, being a Belge, he's into Belgian chocolate. He seemed to know the difference even with closed eyes. If you're back in M'sia, there's only one place I knew that served Sarrasin Crepes - Le Bouchon @ Changkat Bkt Bintang. They even sell the flour and french cheeses as well. I haven't visit them for quite sometime now. Maybe pig2 will do a review when she's back in her hometown?

Bob said...

Mmmmm, crepes. I don't I've ever seen a creperie in Boston, I'm wicked jealous. Heh.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Wow, what a crowd! That reminds me, we haven't had a good crepe place here for years. The last crepe I had was in Tokyo it's been so long! :(

Helene said...

I love crêpes. When we go to Montréal we like to try different places. My favorites are chocolate and bananas.

Pam said...

I am loving these crepes - wish we had crepe stands here in Oregon.

Janet @Gourmet Traveller88 said...

I used to go here when I was in University, my ex BY took me here and I love it. The South Ken one I tried but I have to come back to this one : ) This is the best in the world. Next time you go, say hi to Emma for me : )

Sara said...

Our local crepe restaurant went out of business, makes me sad. Guess I'll just have to cook them at home!

5 Star Foodie said...

I adore crepes! The crepes at this place sound wonderful! We don't have a crêperie close to us, I always dream of opening one if I ever had any resources :)

Margaret said...

You are so lucky having all of these places to eat. Where I live it's not that great..........

Abigail (aka Mamatouille) said...

Ooooh, love me some crepes - they're quite good over here in Japan, too - and they have the same kind of paper wraps that peel away as you eat more and more of the crepe. Oh man, I'm feeling pretty peckish right now - send me one of those white and milk chocolate ones, will you? :)

Cate said...

oh, i love that last picture of the crepe all wrapped up and ready to eat. fantastic. so yummy.

Elra said...

Love crepe, the only decent place we get here is in San Franciso. The place called Ti Couz, haven't been there for a while, not even sure anymore whether it's still good. This place sounds fabulous! I'll keep in mind!

Wild Boar said...

mycookinghut:
I have no idea if they have buckwheat flour sorry :-( If they do I have yet to see it.

pixen:
The only problem is that when we're back in KL we usually stay away from Western food and eat only Malaysian stuff in general. Need to satisfy my cravings for hawker food.

Bob:
Haha I'm sure there's at least one creperie in the whole of Boston.

Helene:
Yeah choco-banana crepes are the way to go for sweet crepes!

Janet @Gourmet Traveller88:
Ok, but how does Emma look like? Shall I just dedicate the next crepe I eat there to you instead?

Sara:
It can't be that hard to cook it at home, they make it look so easy.

5 Star Foodie:
Is that your dream job then? If you're as good as these guys you'll make money hand over fist.

Margaret:
I'm not too familiar with food and restaurants in West Midlands but there must be a fair number of big name chefs outside London as well.

Abigail (aka Mamatouille):
Air mail or sea mail?

Elra:
Its well worth a quick pit stop if you're in the area.

Reeni♥ said...

What a delicious treat! I would be there every free chance I had - they look quite addicting!

Janet @Gourmet Traveller88 said...

Hi Ann, Emma is the left hand side lady in the picture : ) I actually told them I would blog about them but I have lost the email address given by the guy next to him and have not got round to write it.

pigpigscorner said...

oo so she's Emma! This is my first time seeing her actually, there's another lady that usually see.

catty said...

Wow if you thought the Marylebone branch was stingy on ingredients then this must be epic!! I should go join the queue.

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