Halt at Crepe Station

Updated: Sep 19 2003, 05:30am hrs
If your tummy growls at you as you stroll along Mumbais Carter Road, you could do worse than head over to Crepe Station, an eatery that stands out from the several others dotted on this stretch. Together with its counterpart in Lower Parel, this is a fast food joint which offers welcome relief from patties, burgers, souffles and muffins. For, it serves up yes, you guessed right crepes and only crepes.

The idea was to bring crepes out of five-star hotels and make them available to the upwardly mobile at reasonable prices, says proprietor, Nicolo Morea. So it was that he, alongwith fellow business partner and friend, Chris Schock, descended in Mumbai from Berlin where they ran an up-market restaurant, Theodor Tucher.

Crepe Station (the Carter Road joint) certainly carries aesthetic appeal its done up in large measure in oceanic blue, with cheery green and yellow added for good measure, boasts handloom upholstery, and plays pleasing piped music. The menu, albeit elemental, comes to you in the form of a trendy newletter, The Crepe Times. Crepe-wise, the paper thin whole wheat pancakes come with a variety of fillings. Amongst the savouries, the ones worth a shot are those with tomato and cheese, and ham and cheese. For the sweet-toothed, we recommend the pancakes with sugar & cinnamon, banana & honey as well as apple preserve. Sea food lovers can look out for the upcoming prawn balchao crepe. These crepes range between Rs 40-80, hence, light for your pockets too.

Crepe Station also happens to be another one of those eateries with an open kitchen: In full public gaze rests an assembly counter where the crepes are embellished with fillings. So, not only can patrons actually satisfy themselves that the grub is being prepared hygienically, they can also follow the entire culinary process from start to finish. And the icing on the crepe Well, model-actor Dino Morea apart from being Mr Nicolo Moreas brother is also part-owner of Crepe Station, so look out for (but only if you must), the ramp and film celebs. Meanwhile, Mr Nicolo Morea remains busy planning the launch of platforms of Crepe Station in Pune, Bangalore and eventually, Delhi and Kolkata.