Tucked away in one of the historic backstreets of The Rocks is a chic creperie. This hidden gem offers a little taste of France in the heart of Sydney.
Creperie Suzette opened earlier this year as part of the Harbour Rocks Hotel. Owners, Bob and Ruth Magid, were inspired to open a creperie after a trip around France spurred their passion for French fare. They grabbed the opportunity to convert the space of an old souvenir store next to the hotel.
It’s everything that you’d imagine a French-style creperie to be – an elegant shopfront and a vintage bistro interior complete with rustic accents. The style fits nicely into the old-worldly neighbourhood. Sunlight streams though the expansive windowpanes, whilst the vintage tiles, exposed brick walls and impressionist paintings give a certain je ne sais quoi. Then, there is your handsome Frenchman with a strong accent and stripy blue and white shirt whipping up your crepes on the girdle specially imported from Paris.
An ideal place for a coffee and crepe for breakfast or a cider to accompany a savoury galette for lunch. The coffee is blended by Marrickville’s Double Roasters and paired with a crepe makes for a sophisticated morning treat.
So we’ve established the setting is picture-perfect, but what about the crepes?
There is a simple menu of fourteen items; seven sweet options and seven savoury galettes that are made with gluten-free buckwheat flour. The crepe recipe was perfected by Executive Chef Anthony Andrews. His freshly made batter consists of a few simple ingredients; organic flour, free-range eggs, water, oil and sea salt. The fixings for the crepes comprise of market-fresh and locally sourced ingredients.
The buckwheat galettes are incredibly satisfying with generous, wholesome fillings. There are a variety of tempting options such as La Tasmanienne ($13) with Tasmanian smoked salmon, capers, crème fraîche and dill, or the fusion flavours of La Pekinoise ($15) with Peking duck, spring onion, mature cheddar and hoisin sauce.
It’s breakfast time and impossible to look beyond the popular La Complete – classic ham, mature cheddar and egg ($12). The buckwheat crepe heartily wraps ham, melting cheese and an effortlessly runny egg. It is rich and exquisitely savoury.
La Biquette ($12) is a vibrant, healthy option. The combination of a swirl of fresh pesto, dollops of smooth goats cheese, vine ripened tomatoes and a bed of rocket make this an excellent lunchtime pick. Washed down with a pale ale from a local brewery and you’re set.
Whatever you do, save room for dessert. The delightful selection of sweet crepes is certainly worth it. Traditionalists might opt for the Sucre et Citron ($9), as the classic crepe made with freshly squeezed lemon juice and sugar is simplicity at its finest.
For those wanting something a little more indulgent; there is the incredibly sweet La Crème au Beurre Sale ($12) with salted caramel sauce, slithered almonds for a nice crunch and a scoop of velvety vanilla ice cream. If you have a sweet tooth, team this up with the mason jar of syrupy, salted caramel milkshake. C’est bon!
Dark chocolate and strawberries are an unsurpassable combination. So, it’s hardly surprising that the crème de la crème was the divine La Fraise ($12). Fresh strawberries enrobed in a rich, chocolate sauce, decadently drizzled with double cream and sprinkled with chopped walnuts.
Although you may have forgotten that you’re not actually sitting by the Seine at Creperie Suzette, it’s hardly disappointing to find some of Sydney Harbours’ best views are just around the corner from this chic creperie.
34 Harrington St, The Rocks
Phone:(02) 8220 9999
I Ate My Way Through dined as guests of Creperie Suzette