Easily my favourite restaurant in Bangkok, Crepes And Co is something of an institution. It recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, and I’d guess the restaurant’s success is due to one thing – consistency.
I’ve dined at Crepes many times now, both for brunch and evening meals; I’ve taken every one of my friends who’ve visited Bangkok there; and I’ve celebrated birthdays there too. On every occasion, the food has been excellent, the service extremely attentive and helpful, and the atmosphere happily relaxed. Crepes provides a great night out eating gorgeous food without costing you a fortune or being stuffily formal. Whatever your budget and length of stay in Bangkok, if you like good food, visit Crepes.
Co-founded and still owned by Swiss-Bulgarian Serge, Crepes’ mainstay is indeed crepes, pushed beyond their humble origins in France to accommodate just about every type of filling you can imagine. Until you’ve tried the Massaman Crepe, which fuses Southern Thailand’s famous creamy chicken, potato and peanut curry with France’s delicate, super thin crepes, you can’t say you’ve tried real fusion cuisine. The scores of crepes on offer, both savoury and sweet, are complimented by a separate Mediterranean and Middle Eastern menu which offers hearty yet refined dishes like Tajine Of Lamb on cous cous, as well as a medley of appetizers such as Lebanese mezze. You can also create your own crepe if you’re feeling creative too. In this way you can mix up your menu to take in a whole host of foods from around the world. The restaurant regularly has guest menus as well, where it serves cuisines from other countries, such as Greece, for a few weeks at a time.
Unsurprisingly, there is a good wine list although knocking back the booze will increase your bill pretty significantly. You can have a three course meal without drinks for around 700 Baht each (10 UKP / 20 USD) – a bottle of wine is around 1500 Baht on its own and beers start at around 100 baht a bottle. Crepes has a deeply civilized policy of providing its guests unlimited water to drink for free throughout the meal – the attentive staff will continually replenish your glass.
This is particularly welcome if you are sitting outside at Crepes And Co, which is my favourite part of the restaurant. Set within its own garden of verdant shrubs and pot plants, the outside section has an atmospheric wooden verandah with several tables, both the usual variety with chairs and also low slung versions where guests can sit on Thai axe cushions, which have a triangular pillow to lean against. Fans play over the whole area so while it is warmer than the air-conditioned, quite rustic interior of the restaurant, it’s never unpleasantly hot. (Check the very informative Crepes website for lots of photos and more info about the menu).
At weekends Crepes And Co is a magnet for the young family set, who descend on the place en masse for brunch with their ever inquisitive kids who love the garden. If you’re looking for a quiet late breakfast, get there around 10.30 am before everyone else starts coming in around 12 noon. It always best to make a reservation, especially at weekend. You can specify if you’d like to sit outside when you make your booking.
Locating Crepes is simple – it’s about a 5 minute walk down Sukhumvit Soi 12, which itself is just by Asok Skytrain and the Sheraton Hotel. Just before you get to Crepes, you’ll see the equally famous Condoms And Cabbages restaurant, usually festooned with lights in is trees at night. Crepes is about 200 metres beyond there, with a small sign and low-rise white painted house facing out into the street.
Crepes And Co, then: I love it, my girlfriend loves it, all my mates have loved it. I’m pretty sure you will too.