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.
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.
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.
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.