The humble crepe is staple of French cuisine – you’ve probably encountered it at various stalls around Bangkok. You could be forgiven for thinking there’s only so many things you can do with some thin pastry and a variety of fillings. At Crepes and Co, though, it’s fair to say they’re determined to wring as many combinations out of this basic formula as possible, with some indulgent, delicious results.
The business itself is a uniquely Bangkokian success story. It was founded nearly 20 years ago in a ramshackle warehouse at the end of Sukhumvit Soi 12, a family business which quickly expanded and became more ambitious. The crepe may be French in origin, but the flavours and ingredients here take in the entire sweep of the Mediterranean, borrowing heavily from Morocco and Greece, in particular.
The menu bulges with savoury options – try the eggplant caviar – but it’s the desserts that attract a loyal after-dinner following.
You can keep it simple by going for the Crepe Jospehine (B170), which is a straightforward combination of sugar and lemon zest. But if you’ve got a major sweet tooth, you’ll likely move on to the serious stuff, like the Crepe Framboise (B290), served bulging with vanilla ice cream and lathered in rich, tangy raspberry sauce.
These creations are big enough to share – or you can have one all to yourself if you have a real craving.
Going down the list reveals some eye-popping desserts – try the Crepe Mango Coconut (B195), which somehow works despite the unusual pairing of fresh mango and coconut slices, or the Coupe de Fraises (B170), with strawberry, vanilla and chantilly.
The real show-stopper, though, is the Flambe Calvados (B290), which comes out rinsed in apple liqueur and filled with sauteed apple and rum raisin ice cream. And then they set that baby on fire.
Now extra-crispy, warmed up and caramelised, the crepe holds its shape despite being packed full of goodies. The rum-flavoured ice cream and the apples inside work off each other – there’s the richness of the rum and the tang at the end with the apple and the liqueur lingering on the tongue all the way through.
Whether you come in at brunch – served all day, because there’s no good reason why you shouldn’t be able to eat brunch at 2pm on a Tuesday – or late at night, there’s enough variety to guarantee you’ll find something to your tastes. Whether you want something simple or more extravagant, the crepes are made with great care and attention to detail. And make sure you wash it down with a glass of boutique apple cider (B140).
CREPES AND CO
59/4 Langsuan Soi 1, Ploenchit Road, Chidlom (also 88 Thonglor Soi 8 | 02-652-0208 | crepesnco.com