Life is too short; eat dessert first.
At the recently-opened Crepe Symphony (Rice Howard Way in Edmonton), you can do just that because the delicious crepes they create are available at 9 a.m. Monday to Saturday. The Nutella Banana crepe pictured above, and the Tropicana crepe below (two of six dessert/breakfast crepes), are just fruit pancakes by another name, right? So put your guilt aside, and dig in.
Don’t despair, the menu also sports a savoury selection: smoked salmon and cream cheese, spinach and cheese (vegetarian), chicken and mushroom, and ground beef with sun-dried tomato.
|Chicken and Mushroom Crepe $8.35|
|Ground Beef, Sun-Dried Tomato $8.30|
The crepes are light and come two to a plate. Those with heartier appetites might want to supplement their selection with a salad or home-made soup and finish off the meal with a slice of cake or dessert made by mama (the one whipping up the crepes in the kitchen).
What you need to know: this is an independent, family-run restaurant where you go up to the counter to order, and Gil (in charge of serving and social media) brings the food. The drink selection is varied and includes coffee, lattes, tea, juice and soda. A liquor license was in the works and could very well be approved by the time this post goes up. Desserts are plentiful and all home-made and like some of the soups (borsch), exhibit the family’s Russian heritage. For those people with gluten issues, the crepes can be made gluten-free on request.
With proximity to great shopping, the Art Gallery of Alberta, Citadel Theatre and the Winspear, Crepe Symphony is a sweet addition to Edmonton’s downtown area. To listen to my CBC Edmonton review of this new restaurant, click here.