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Voici: Bienvenue to Rathmines new crêperie

Voici: Bienvenue to Rathmines new crêperie

I can hardly think of something as simple and delicious as crêpes. Maybe pizzas, but making the pizza dough actually involves a lot more work and making crêpe batter. The best quality ingredients you can get and a bit of savoir-faire are the essential elements of a good crêpe and a good pizza. 

So when I saw a crêperie opening its doors right by our house, as was almost as happy as when I heard Fallon & Byrne was opening in the Swan Centre - quick digression here, but the pizzas from F&B have to be in the top three in Dublin, you need to try them.

 Photo @Voici - Instagram

Photo @Voici - Instagram

Voici is a funny name for a crêperie, it means "here is" in French and I guess for most English speakers it just sounds Gallic, so why not. When you enter the eatery, you can see a big painting of an old French van as well as a few crêpières, which are used in France to make proper crêpes. The upper floor is where the clients sit down to eat in a nice and casual atmosphere reminding of a French bistro.  

I didn't have to think a lot about what to get: the most classic galette (which is how we call a savoury crêpe in Brittany, the birthplace of this delicacy) is called a "complète" and made of ham, emmental or gruyère cheese and a fried egg. The menu (with a few spelling mistakes which slightly hurt my eyes) offers more elaborate ones such as a pear and blue cheese one (which sounded very tempting) or a Caprese, with mozzarella and tomatoes. 

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We shared a cheese (well-sourced from Sheridan's) and cold meat platter before the crêpe course. My crêpe arrived first, a good few minutes before the rest of the table, which is quite unfortunate as crêpes are, again, like pizzas and need to be eaten burning hot. I couldn't wait for my party to get there's and started digging. Served with a small mug of leaves (drizzled with a dressing that I sadly suspect to not be homemade), the buckwheat galette topped with melted cheese, ham and a deliciously runny egg met my expectations. The rest of my table enjoyed there's just as much. 

The dessert crêpes sounded very appealing. As none traditional as it is, I couldn't resist the Nutella crêpe, but I also got a taste of the salted caramel one (a classic in Bretagne), which unfortunately was missing the ice-cream it is supposed to be served with. It didn't ruin the taste though and both crêpes were so delicious we all liked our plates clean.

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The place is still fairly new and while the staff is really nice, a lack of experience and organisation is noticeable in the service. What really disappointed us, however, was the wine list, not as interesting as we would have hoped for a place that describes itself as "crêperie and wine bar". We still had a lovely time and will happily be back to visit our new neighbours.  

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