Aaaaah – you have to love the French! And I really love Le Triskel – just a hop, skip and jump away from where I live, it’s a very convenient breakfast to have on the way to work. Especially as they open quite early at 7am!
IMHO this is Melbourne’s best creperie – I have tried Roule Galette a couple of times, and it just doesn’t do anything for me. There are other good ones – Breizoz in particular – but proximity makes Le Triskel my point of call when the crepe craving hits!
Being a creature of habit – I order the same thing each time. A beautifully cooked buckwheat galette, with cheese, spinach and mushrooms, and a luscious googy egg sitting in the middle. I know the description says there’s bechamel sauce in there – but it must be the perfect amount because there is definitely no cloying overkill. There is plenty of mushrooms and fresh spinach leaves – so you almost feel healthy eating it!
There is a great offering of menu items to choose from – both savoury galettes (made from buckwheat) and sweet crepes (made from wheat). And you can also have a croissant, or a croque monsieur, and if you really need a caffeine hit – you can get a bowl of café au lait! If you’re dining there later in the day – you should try some of the traditional French cider on offer.
The service is absolutely lovely, and although they proclaim to be “arrogantly French”, there is not even a hint of affectation or preciousness. Michael and his team chatter away in French, and he can often be heard singing along to the French sound track being played in the café – in fact, if you’re keen to practice your French – they will happily engage you in their native tongue. There seems to be plenty of French speakers that come along – which to me is the highest praise and testimony to the authenticity of the food on offer. Try it out – you won’t be disappointed.