New eats: Le Crepe Cafe downtown

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Le Crepe Cafe downtown

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By Mari Taketa
Nonstop

Le sigh. Not quite a year and a half ago, deep in breezy Manoa, a tiny creperie came to the valley, and with it a love story. You see, Marysol Ruiz had left California to study in Paris, where she fell in love with Soufiane Bouharkat, who worked at a creperie. Sadly, their time ended and the two parted ways, but wait! Fast-forward a few years, Bouharkat arrives on these shores to visit a friend, and guess who he runs into? Ruiz has settled on these same shores. The two reignite and out of their love for crepes and each other, Le Crepe Cafe is born.

Fast-forward again to last week, Tuesday to be exact, and voila! Ruiz and Bouharkat have opened a second creperie downtown. And quoi? They opened seven weeks after their first baby is born? Ooh la la!

I like this story, and I like that tiny creperie in Manoa, but that's not why I'm braving downtown parking and lunch crowds. Word is the new Crepe Cafe has more than double the crepes of the first, plus waffles, paninis and salads.

This one's a double-dip: I've reviewed these crepes before. For these visits I bring friends to go in and order, while I lurk at a distance with my fork and knife. Ici, crepes! Bring it!

Le Crepe Cafe
1160 Fort Street Mall
www.lecrepecafe.com

20 comments
CindySJ
CindySJ

My co-workers and Ibwent to Le Crepe Cafe the first day it opened. They were busy from the morning when I passed by on my way in to work! Had the pesto pesto and it was really filling. Co-workers had the cheese crepe and the Nutella crepe. Went back for waffles the next day, but it was okay. Could have been because I couldn't get to it until it was cold. The bananna Nutella looks so yummy!

johngarcia
johngarcia moderator

So many french-isms up on this blog, in these comments! Awesome review, contrast, Mari! We went searching for crepes in Manoa this weekend and ended up eating ramen.... :( I still have two groupons to use! Will chase these dudes down!

chant808
chant808

Très bonne!So glad to be able to get crepes when I'm downtown, and so glad to see that they're doing well!

turkfontaine
turkfontaine

that's a story good enough for the Paris of pre and post WWII. le sniff.

Erica
Erica

My wrong it Magic Pan the name.

Erica
Erica

I glad crepe is popular again. Back in San Francisco there was two restaurants called Magic Skillet and serve crepes of many types. They had beef in red wine sauce in crepe and seafood in white wine sauce in crepe. There no where now make it.

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

Someone please teleport me to Cafe Ulysees on the rue Cler!

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

@CindySJ looks like all the griddled things have to be eaten hot and crisp (i have no prob w/ that :). cheese crepe, was it dry?

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

@johngarcia merci! ramen to crepes is a 180-degree pivot. the ramen at manoa mktplace, right? crepes cafe manoa is further down e manoa road, at 1st traffic light from manoa mktplace.

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

@chant808 c'est tres bien! what time are u down there? if u ever get a waffle, can u let me know how it is? until 10:30 :)

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

@turkfontaine n'est-ce pas? moi aussi, j'aime beaucoup cette histoire! phew. butchering french is as exhausting as spreading durian love.

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

@Erica crepes as fine dining? mais oui! but u're saying magic pan has closed??

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

@lihinggirl yup. soft, warm crepes cradling ... well today i want l'italien + parisien w/ lemon juice and butter. l'italien will go w/ red wine. pesto pesto makes me think of a chilled dry white, and today's too cold for that.

turkfontaine
turkfontaine

perhaps there is a long lost foodie in your past with whom you may one day reunite over the pillows of love that are dim sum, yes, no, yes. @Melissa808

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

@Melissa808 prolly the ppl at cafe ulysees are wishing someone wd transport them to hawaii :>

CindySJ
CindySJ

@nonstopmari I don't think it was dry. But she kept biting into really salty sections every few bites. When we watched them make her crepe, we saw them sprinkle something on the crepe. It was the salt. Not sure why they did that.

bettydalycity
bettydalycity

Magic Pan was my former stomping ground has been closed for over 20 years. Due to high wages in San Francisco and overhead it will never come back.

lihinggirl
lihinggirl

@nonstopmari sounds ono. i've not had crepes w/ wine before. will try that another time after baby is born. =)

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

@CindySJ aha! i loved the salt crunches in the italien crepe, but yeah, wonder why 3 cheeses wd need even more salt. i apc ur heads-up bc since they make the crepes right there, i can tell them to hold the extra salt if i don't want it.