The Hardware Street/Lane
precinct is anything but a tourist trap... if you know where to look. Between
the hulking cafes with vulture-esque spruikers swooping for carrion, there are
some great representatives from all corners of the globe. A little Greek sea
breeze here, some funky Spanish-inspired brunch there, and even a newcomer that specialises in fancy Japanese pork. And right at the end of
Hardware Lane is something for the Francophiles; a window display full of jewel-toned macarons, right next door to Creperie
le Triskel, a quaint cafe where they make the crepes and galettes right
before your eyes.
to the surrounding cafes desperately jostling passers-by for attention, Creprie
le Triskel is practically hidden away.But
go through the demure entrance and you’ll be enveloped in a hearty ‘Bonjour!’, as
well as the tantalising smell and promising sizzle of crepe batter hitting the
pride doesn’t stop there. A large, framed, and very detailed map of France
adorns one wall, a shelf of French novels line another. Ordering in French is
encouraged, no matter how bad the accent may be; they clearly haven’t heard me
struggle through high school French.
wanted one of those crepes that they douse in alcohol and set on fire, but I
wanted a good hearty lunch more. L’Estivale
($13) was a timeless combination of ricotta, smoked salmon, and non-existent
(at least in my galette) chives folded into a neat square parcel. The muted
flavours were brought alive by a squeeze of lemon, and even though the galette
lacked the crispy edges that I so love, it had a delicate sweetness to it
instead of the robust, grainy richness you often get with buckwheat flour. The
oily richness of the two pieces of the sundried tomato was perfect for draping
over rounds of fluffy baguette.
Complimentary Green Salad
also had a Green Salad, which
came with any galette on request. This was a lively mix of mesclun greens
doused in a zippy dressing, and funnily enough, was probably my favourite part
of the meal.
La Complete ($9.5)
La Complete ($9.5)
like every other time, Chris ordered La
Complete ($9.5), the classic breakfast combo of gruyere and ham, with
an egg cracked into the center. The rich orange yolk, the kind only found in
good free-range eggs, added a nice creaminess to the savoury, crowd-pleasing
flavours of the galette. Chris hoovered this all up, then almost (almost, but
not quite) regretted it because it was so filling.
le Triskel is a gem of a cafe with a great atmosphere, if you can manage to
find it. The galettes (and the crepes too, from a very distant memory) aren’t
as well done as my favourite creperie, Roule Galette, but sometimes a
change of scenery is exactly what the doctor ordered.