LE CARPE DIEM CREPERIE - 230-232 GRENFELL STREET, ADELAIDEAfter being introduced to Le Carpe Diem by one of our Twitter followers a few weeks ago, I decided that I would take the time to pay this beautiful French cafe a visit. Located at the East End of Grenfell Street, Le Carpe Diem is a small and cosy two story location.
Greeted by French speaking wait staff I am promptly and kindly seated at my upstairs table where the menu is explained to me. Essentially, there are two main items on the menu - Crepes and Galettes. I always tend to think of crepes as being the sweet, skinnier French cousin of the pancakes with Galettes being the savoury version.
|Interior of Le Carpe Diem Creperie|
|The Crepe master at work|
Given that I arrive slightly after 11:30am I think it appropriate that I order a galette as opposed to a crepe. Perousing the menu I decide to keep it simple and order the Roeun (mushrooms, Swiss gruyere cheese and creme fraiche - $9.50) with the view that these dishes are simple and nature and therefore should be simple in flavour. The galette's are made of buckwheat flour, are gluten free and do not have egg, sugar or milk in the dough. As a result, it's a good alternative for those who may be gluten intolerant. Alternatively, this same dough can be used for the crepe if required.
|Roeun galette - $9.50|
The flavour combinations are simple and work. The mushrooms are well sauteed and seasoned and the creme fraiche cuts through the mushroom and cheese mixture. The use of buckwheat also makes me 'feel' like I am eating something healthy. All in all, a great dish. If this is anything to by, the others will also be great.
After being pleased with the galette, I decide that I am going to have a crepe - hey it's the weekend and it's time to spoil myself!
|Berenice crepe - $9.50|
If you are in the mood for something different and are in the city, Le Carpe Diem is definitely a gem in the East End. The meals are not overly heavy and there are many additional pastry treats if you are in the mood for something sweet.
Ambiance: 4/5 - Cute and quaint, friendly atmosphere and great for weekend catch-ups
Service: 3.5/5 - Friendly and prompt services and I enjoyed the authenticity of the French speaking staff
Overall, Mirko gives Le Carpe Diem 15.5/20 chops on the chopping board.