I’m not really a crepe person, so I wasn’t too excited when my sister suggested Crepe Amelie in Makati when we were looking for a new place to have breakfast. Having nothing to go on except for the fact that she spotted this one during one of our nightly drives, I wasn’t sure what to expect. To me, crepes are pancakes on a diet, and I’d pick the latter over the former any day.
Crepe Amelie is pretty small; it can probably sit around 30 without people touching elbows. On the other hand, the size coupled with the cozy design just makes it comfortable enough for a quiet meal, especially if you’re recovering from a hangover (the restaurant is only a few steps away from several bars). The inside’s decorated with a few vintage and eclectic knick knacks to exude a contemporary Parisian vibe, while the alfresco dining area has ceiling fans to keep smoking diners cool.
Despite the name, they do serve other kinds of dishes, which was a good thing because I was craving for something savory that morning. After silently debating with myself, I asked for a sausage and bacon omelette. While waiting, I sipped my cappuccino, which was strong and a nice way to shake you awake.
The omelette was very good. Cutting through the thin sheet of egg revealed a generous amount of meat chunks offering a hint of spice, while diced tomatoes gave it some freshness that kept it from being too rich. Also, what’s interesting was that my worst enemy – bell peppers – made an appearance, but I didn’t dismiss it right away. The aggressive flavors of the omelette were enough to drive away any oddness that was surely emanating from the peppers.
I also sampled my sister’s chicken Caesar salad, which had a generous smattering of chicken and bacon bits. My brother-in-law inhaled his BLT and egg before I had a chance to lift a fork to it, which I guess means he liked it.
For dessert, we ordered a banoffee crepe. In case you’ve been living a rock all this time, a banoffee anything means it’s a pastry that incorporates bananas, chocolate, caramel and cream (plus this one had ice cream). Unlike many I’ve had before, this particular crepe was not wet and heavy, two traits I hate about crepes. And despite all the various ant-calling elements in the crepe, it wasn’t too sweet.
So, while I really don’t enjoy crepes that much, their other savory offerings are pretty up there, so I definitely wouldn’t mind coming back for breakfast or otherwise.
Overall rating: ★★★★☆
A. Venue Mall, Makati Avenue, Poblacion, Makati City
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