REVIEW: La Petite Bretagne, Dalston
WHAT? Buckwheat flour galettes, crepes and French breakfasts make a welcome change from smashed avo on toast.
WHERE? Lucky Dalston and Hammersmith have a branch each.
WHY GO? With Pancake Day fast approaching, it’s handy to know who gives great crepe. La Petite Bretagne offers sweet and savoury, a huge menu making it exceptionally difficult to choose exactly how you’ll stuff yourself. If you’re not a crepe person (seriously, what are you doing here?) there are options: a traditional French breakfast of toast, butter and jam, fresh fruit salad, maple syrup pancakes and a croissant, freshly baked patisserie or a gigantic full English.
Now, onto the good stuff. Traditional crepe options start with lashings of Emmental cheese and ham, various combinations adding mushroom, spinach, tomato and pesto. Skiiers will be tempted by the ‘Tartiflette’ (smothered in Reblochon cheese, potato, bacon strips, crème fraiche and onion) while vegans are satisfied with spinach, ratatouillee and herbes de provence in a vegan galette.
Desserts (of course, you’ll find room) start with the classic butter, sugar and lemon crepe, growing steadily more decadent with fillings like white chocolate, Speculoos, salted caramel and raspberry coulis. There are waffles, too, best topped with ice cream. We like the sound of the Belle Hélène, covered in vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, pear, dark chocolate and almonds.
Everything we ate was exceptional, the coffee was hot and strong, and a last-minute amendment to our order taken with a breezy smile. No need to wait until the 13th; for a brunch a little out of the ordinary, we’d recommend this spot all year round.
DETAILS: Lapetitebretagne.co.uk /12 Kingsland high street, E8 2JP / 020 8070 0060 / email@example.com