Today, I wanted to tell you about a little neighborhood restaurant that is fast becoming a favorite. It’s called Crepe Amélie and as the name suggests, their specialty are crêpes.
We saw the progress of Crepe Amélie as it was just being constructed to its opening. We knew right away that the interiors and atmosphere of this restaurant will be altogether something different from the usual restaurants in the mall where it’s located. If you frequent A. Venue Mall in Makati and its environs, you’d know what I mean! This was a classier, well-designed, and welcome change from the bars or hole-in-the-wall joints in the area (not counting the actual Hole in the Wall upscale food court in nearby Century City Mall, which I’ve already written about here).
I like the interior design dominated by the hard wood furniture juxtaposed with the black steel frames. I love the huge “walls” of floor-to-ceiling windows, giving the space lots of natural light.
And I like the design details of the brick walls and the hanging caged wire lamps, which give the place quite a New York vibe.
Orders are taken at the counter, but served at the tables. The semi self-service arrangement adds to the casual dining/cafe experience of Crepe Amélie.
Crepe Amélie has a very good selection of breakfast and savory crêpes., and of course, dessert crêpes. The first time I went there, I tried their BLT and Egg crêpe (P180).
I liked it a lot. So much so that I brought my fiancé along with me for him to try out Crepe Amélie. He’s from Brittany, a region in France known for their crêpes (thus, Café Breton and its crêpes!). Any self-respecting Breton like him can make crêpes from scratch since childhood and of course, can easily judge whether a restaurant crêpe is authentic or at least, worth it. Hehe.
He ordered the Crepe Madame (P160), a savory crêpe made up of ham, poached egg, tomatoes, mushrooms, onions and emmental cheese.
The crêpe was good to look at as plated, but it was certainly even better when eaten!
The Breton’s verdict? Well, he still can’t say that it’s an authentic French or Breton crêpe. In France (especially in Brittany), savory crêpes are made of an entirely different flour (buckwheat)—something which he has never found or tasted in the crêpes here in the Philippines (except when he cooks them at home, with buckwheat flour from France!). Apparently, all the savory crêpes he has ever tried in restos here are made from flour that’s used only for dessert crêpes back in France. That’s why even the savory crêpes here in Manila taste a bit sweet (and they taste very sweet to him!). I told him that it’s possibly because of the sweet panlasa of the Filipinos and naturally, a Philippine crêpe restaurant such as Crepe Amélie and Café Breton would cater to that palate.
Nevertheless, he still found the savory crepe of Crepe Amélie very tasty and filling. You definitely won’t find crêpes cooked and presented like this just in any restaurant or cafe in Manila.
We paired our food with a refreshing cucumber and apple mint smoothie.
For those who’d want something other than crêpes, Crepe Amélie also has a selection of pasta and sandwiches. We got to try their Basil Pesto Chicken pasta, which was yummy although the chicken portion was quite measly.
We couldn’t pass up the chance to also try their dessert crêpes. Among all of their crêpe offerings, they have the most selection for desserts. We tried the Banana PB Nutella (P230), which was definitely a winner.
Crepe Amélie also serves coffee and is actually a good place for meetings, post-dinner weekend get-togethers (they close at 1 AM during weekends), or even studying. It’s in the vicinity of Ateneo Rockwell, and if I were a law student again, I can see myself studying here.
However, you should study here only if you’re the type who won’t get distracted by interesting people passing by the huge windows. As mentioned, Crepe Amélie is located in A. Venue Mall (situated right at one of the mall’s entrances), which is also where the Elite Manila modeling agency is headquartered. So, don’t be surprised (or distracted!) by very good-looking model types walking by! But if that’s your cup of tea (or perhaps as a welcome break from all your law books and codals), then you can very well hang out in Crepe Amélie just to people-watch (wink, wink).
All in all, good-tasting crêpes (whether savory or sweet) in a cozy, bright, and well-designed setting make Crepe Amélie a must-try in my book. We will definitely go back! Cheers!
Ground Floor, A. Venue Mall (in front of A. Venue Mall open parking),
Makati City, Philippines
Telephone: (632)- 7509946
Open Mondays through Thursdays from 7 AM- 11 PM
Friday through Saturdays from 7 AM to 1 AM
Sundays from 1 PM to 10 PM
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Phenomenal Mama says
Wow! Need to try this! I seldom venture out of Ortigas and San Juan area, but will make an exception for this. Thanks for the reco, Jusy!
Anj Mendoza says
Hi! Pleased to read your blog and see photos of Crepe Amelie. Really such a nice ambience. I just want to add that the redesigned menu board was created by Rocketship Creative Design Lab. You may visit our Crepe Amelie featured project article at http://rocketshipdesigns.com/crepe-amelie-space-design-philippines-rocketship-creative-design-lab/
I went here after my shift (for sure I was the first customer). I am surprised how affordable their menu. I will bring my team here next time.