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Chococrepe

Posted by Libby Roach / Listed on September 23, 2012 / review policy

ChococrepeChococrepe is Queen and Bathurst's newest destination for crepes, crepes and basically, crepes. Did I mention crepes? Okay, they serve a bit more than just the delectable wispy thin pancakes, but don't expect a lot more. Brought to you by a husband and wife team, one part graphic designer, and one part self-taught pastry chef, Dewey Truong and wife Kim decided that Toronto was under-indexing in this culinary gem that's widely celebrated in Europe and Montreal as a sandwich substitute. Crepes aren't just for dessert and they are on a mission to prove it.

ChococrepeTaking over the old Modrobes store at Queen and Markham at the end of 2011, Chococrepe is a cheerful fusion of modern mixed with traditional. Ornate chandeliers and picture frames amp up the clever design of bright blues and commanding surreal art. Tables are flanked by their trademark blue chairs and two front tables offer excellent (and often equally surreal) views of Queen Street.

ChococrepeWhile teetotallers will be satisfied by the drink menu, those looking to tip a few should wait to quaff their thirst. Chocofiends take note; this is one of the city's finest hot chocolates. They make 12 different varieties of gourmet hot chocolate using premium Valrhona and customize the drinks to suit each customer's sweet tooth (milk vs. cream, dark vs. milk chocolate).

ChococrepeWe're tempted to the dark side and try the traditional hot chocolate made with milk ($5.95). Rich without giving us a toothache, the Valrhona chocolate is intense and the portion size is large enough to ensure we have high blood sugar for the next 3 hours minimum.

ChococrepeNext, the Pear Salad ($12.75) offers an excellent respite. Tender freshly cut Bosc pears frame a platter packed of olive oil coated arugula, crushed and toasted almonds and creamy and gloriously sublime salty goat cheese. Perched on top is (their take on croutons) a drizzled pattern of crepe batter. The presentation is a good match to the flavour. Both are equally stunning. I would return if even just for this salad.

ChococrepeDisappointed and dejected after finding that the Pulled Pork ($9.25) crepe is sold out, we opt for the Breakfast crepe ($8.50) instead. Cheddar cheese holds the shaved ham and eggs together, and maple syrup offers another chance for my insulin to spike. A small smattering of mixed greens presents a nice balance in competing textures and gets us closer to that 5-10 a day rule.

The Chipotle Chicken ($9.25 - top photo) is a favourite here and comes packed with shredded chicken, diced red pepper, mozzarella and (woot!) more arugula drenched in a slightly sweet and spicy chipotle mayo. A little too saucy for my tastes, but otherwise I can see why this is a popular choice. It comes flanked by the same mixed greens which loses it a few points for originality.

ChococrepeThe Nutella dessert crepe ($7.75, plus $1 for extra toppings) is served with a do-it-yourself mini pot of creme Anglais for drenching the plate, or just for drinking. It is that delectable. The crepes here are just the perfect thinness which results in the ingredients taking centre stage. Simple nutella channels some feel good childhood memories and the bananas and strawberries are fresh and make great palate cleansers.

ChococrepeChococrepe is positively brimming with charming details like embossed custom logoed napkin holders. Gluten free crepes are right on cue with current food trends. Service isn't rushed. In fact it's a bit slow at times but it all adds to the European flair, right?

Chococrepe-exteriorChococrepe takes reservations. It is not wheelchair accessible.

Discussion

61 Comments

Mike A. / December 30, 2011 at 07:35 pm
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Great crepe place with big portions. I came in for the first time yesterday and I'll be sure to come again.
Nanette / December 31, 2011 at 02:55 am
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I happened to walk by and decided to give it a try with my boyfriend. I'm not one to go out eat without looking into it first but were we happy. Friendly staff, crepes were made fresh on the spot and these crepes were non like others I had in T.O. We had the chipotle chicken as recommended by the owner "might I add that the owner is from Montreal". We also had the wild brie, both were delish. To finish off, we shared the crunchy pear sweet crepe. Never seen a crepe served open before, you definitely have to order this one. Great addition to the neighbourhood and Toronto, we will be back!
Jen / January 2, 2012 at 06:12 pm
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This place was packed when I arrived today at around 3pm. I ordered the chipotle chicken as recommended and it was delicious. I noticed their salads, it looks huge and I think i'll go for one of those the next time around. Wait time was around 10mins for the food to come out but it's understanding as they made it fresh. Good job Chococrepe, I couldn't even tell that you guys are newbies.
Corinne / January 3, 2012 at 04:24 pm
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Finally a crepe place that makes buckwheat crepe. Great addition to the neighbourhood! Can't wait to go back to try the rest of the menu.
Karla / January 3, 2012 at 10:29 pm
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Taste just like crepes in Montreal, the staff were very nice.
Michelle / January 4, 2012 at 10:01 am
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Had the full breakfast crepe and it was absolutely delicious. Will definitely go back and try one of their sweet crepes!
Joel / January 6, 2012 at 12:11 pm
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I've had four crepes so far, and they have all been wonderful! Excellent staff, great service, awesome vibe! I am still thinking about that truffled mushroom crepe.... soo amazing!
Cindy / January 7, 2012 at 06:19 pm
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I've been there more than once, wonderful apple cider and full breakfast crepe.
Jenjen / January 7, 2012 at 11:55 pm
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Sooooo gooooood we have to come back.
Tom / January 9, 2012 at 11:18 pm
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Gotta try it out soon
Larry / January 12, 2012 at 01:20 pm
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Finally tried their famous chipotle chicken crepe and it was AMAZING!
Johanne / January 27, 2012 at 05:17 pm
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Didn't even know about this place until they were handing out samples of their brownies today. The salted caramel brownie is real good. The turkey crepe was my fave. Well recommended.
Karina / January 31, 2012 at 06:10 pm
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I am in love with this place! Friendly staff and amazing hot chocolate! I heard that they are coming up with a vegan menu soon! Can't wait!
Yen / February 25, 2012 at 05:19 pm
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One of the best crepe places in Toronto. At least they value their customers.
Sally / March 13, 2012 at 10:30 pm
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Passed by Choco Crepe last weekend and it was packed! People were lining up all the way to the door. Really wanted to try their crepe but was a bit on the rush so I had to leave. However, one of the staff were distributing samples and I got to try a some of their brownies and it was yummy! Will have to come back next weekend or maybe try on a weekday.
fake / April 9, 2012 at 10:58 pm
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Honestly all the reviews above seem fake.
gimmesomesweet / April 17, 2012 at 11:04 pm
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would love to see a review from blogTO for this one
Audrey / April 20, 2012 at 09:51 pm
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Agree with the above comment, I think blogTO needs to do a full review! It's an underrated gem. Love their lychee white hot chocolate.
Derek / April 25, 2012 at 12:59 pm
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Get alcohol!
JJ / May 3, 2012 at 12:29 am
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My girlfriend went to this place with her sister last week and have been talking about it every freaking day. She dragged me there last night and forced me to try it. I wasn't expecting much since I'm not much of a crepe kinda guy. But surprisingly, it was pretty good. I had the pulled pork crepe and it was delicious. The portion is good enough and the price is reasonable.
Jane R. / May 17, 2012 at 12:51 am
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I bring my kids here every other weekend for a nice healthy meal while my kids enjoy their sweet crepe and gelato. We love this place and quickly became regulars and it is nice that the staff and owner recognize us and sometime even give us free gelato for the kids. Weekends are a bit busier, sometime we have to wait a bit before getting a table. Service is always friendly and nice. Food is remarkable!
Karen / May 21, 2012 at 11:34 pm
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I am so glad that we've walked in to this nice restaurant this weekend. Great vibe, lovely decor, friendly staff and most important, amazing food! Next time that we'll be in Toronto, we'll make sure to go again!
S.R. / July 5, 2012 at 07:23 pm
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I have been here a couple time with some friends and we've all enjoyed our experiences. We usually come after a dinner around the neighbourhood for some desserts and late coffee on Friday or Saturday nights, since they are open until midnight. It's a great place to hang out and their crepes are really good. I've notice that they also have savoury crepe and will have to come back to try that one day.
wicked / August 2, 2012 at 01:23 pm
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Love this spot. Great staff and most importantly, amazing food! Can't get enough of their chipotle chicken!
Ayngelina / August 11, 2012 at 11:58 am
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I visited Chococrepe a month ago and I cannot urge people enough to go support this small business. The owners are impossibly nice and it's really high quality chocolate. More people need to know about this place.
camillia / August 21, 2012 at 01:22 pm
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I am addicted to their hot chocolate! The best in town hands down!
L.R. / August 30, 2012 at 04:01 am
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amazing crepe, great portion. the pulled pork crepe is my favourite! can't get enough of it.
these guys rock!
santa / September 3, 2012 at 03:22 am
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It's 3:30 AM and I'm craving crepes! FML
Ree / September 23, 2012 at 12:47 pm
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When i think of a crepe cafe i think of independent. Once it becomes a chain, it loses the European appeal. Glad to see this addition. Wish it was closer, but I'll take it. Crepe de Licious and Demetres take note.
Sebas / September 24, 2012 at 09:44 am
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Those look AMAZING. Thanks for the review. Are these guys licensed? It would be great to have a baileys coffee or amaretto with these.
gab / September 24, 2012 at 05:23 pm
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great review! I'm surprise it took that long for blogTO to do this. I've been here several time and have nothing bad to say about choco crepe . Staff are very nice and food is amazing. My favourite crepe is the pulled pork. Guess it is very popular as they ran out of it few time I was there.
Laura / September 24, 2012 at 05:32 pm
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mmmmmmm......Valrhona chocolate! I have to check this place out!
Carly / September 24, 2012 at 08:14 pm
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I tried that pear salad last week and it was so good! I'm so glad you guys did a review for them, they are definitely a hidden gem people need to know about!
Kev / September 24, 2012 at 09:06 pm
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Nice pics!
spot on / September 24, 2012 at 09:13 pm
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the dude on the last pic looks like Kanye
Missy / September 24, 2012 at 09:16 pm
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I'm so excited to know that they serve gluten-free crepes!!!!! I'm going there for lunch tomorrow for sure!
bigeatereatingbig / September 24, 2012 at 09:30 pm
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Been here on a weeknight, not too busy. Been here on weekend night, crazy busy. The wait could be long at times, so be prepared to hang but at least the food is consistently good. This place definitely needs alcohol, you can't open a hang out place in dt without booze. Step it up Choco Crepe.
Queen W Gal / September 25, 2012 at 09:08 am
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My two fav places for sweet treats on Queen West: Chococrepe & Dlish Cupcakes. You couldn't ask for anything better.
TJ / September 25, 2012 at 10:31 am
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Its a bit expensive (I think considering the options which are good, I think every crepe is perhaps $1-2 too much). The crepes could use a bit more ingredients in them. Otherwise, it's good.
Sugar / September 25, 2012 at 06:12 pm
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This place is one of my favourite restaurant in Toronto.
Marlyse / September 25, 2012 at 10:43 pm
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Nice review. That first picture is making me hungry. Will definitely give it a try. Good job as always blogTO.
Wendy / September 26, 2012 at 07:44 pm
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It's good to have healthy option in the neighbourhood. So sick of pizza, poutine and burgers. Any idea if they also have vegan crepes?
BK / September 26, 2012 at 09:12 pm
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I really like the food there. I usually come by to grab something to go and the staff is nice enough to offer me a glass of water while waiting. It's also great to see that the staff actually seems to enjoy working there and genuinely care about the customers.
Jeremy / September 27, 2012 at 09:49 pm
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I was always hesitant to come in because I thought this place is only about desserts, I came in to try their savoury crepe thanks to this review. I have to say, food and service was really good.
LC / September 27, 2012 at 10:42 pm
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It's good to know that they have gluten-free option.
Jaysfan / September 28, 2012 at 11:03 am
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They must be doing something good. I've been hearing nothing but good things about this place. Must try.
Melissa / September 29, 2012 at 12:03 pm
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Best crepe and hot chocolate in TO. Very friendly staff that makes you feel like home. Again, the hot chocolate is absolutely worth the detour.
coco / October 4, 2012 at 09:12 pm
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Tried their pumpkin hot chocolate today. The best ever.
iknowfood / October 5, 2012 at 02:33 pm
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Came by for lunch today and it was busy. Waited 15mins for my crepe, the country was delicious. My partner had a goat pear crepe, she said it was really good although it wouldn't be my first choice. The server persuaded me into trying their off menu item which is a hot giant cookie in a skillet with vanilla gelato and caramel streaks with crunchy chocolate balls on top. Absolutely fantastic. Will come back.
Ce / October 5, 2012 at 10:28 pm
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Thanks to blogTO to make me discover this place. I can finally fulfil my craving for REAL crepe since my last vacation in France. One word: PERFECTION! It's great to see them making their crepe fresh to order; not like the other place down the street where crepe comes out from the pre-made pile of crepes. Awesome food and wonderful vibe.
N. from QueenStW / October 7, 2012 at 01:41 pm
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A must needed change from the unhealthy fast food joint trend and ugly/dirty establishment. Queen st west is terribly in need of young professionals with a better knowledge and sense of style to revive and clean sweep all the unpleasant and eye sore looking businesses. Chococrepe have done a beautiful job with the space and the menu is remarkable. Thank you for reviving our neighbourhood.
J.C / October 21, 2012 at 06:25 pm
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Definitely needs to be add on to the Best Crepes in TO list. In my opinion, best crepe in the whole wide world.
Jane / October 28, 2012 at 03:28 pm
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Cute little cafe with delicious crepes. The bf and I shared 2 crepes, a salty (the pesto) and a sweet (salted caramel) and they were both impressive. Also had their hot chocolate and that was out of this world good!!!!!!
Indy-Anna Jones / November 1, 2012 at 11:45 pm
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I live right around the corner and I've never noticed this place. I must be blind.
LittleQ / November 27, 2012 at 07:17 pm
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Just had the best crepe of my life. Thanks Chococrepe for showing us how a real crepe is done.
Karl / December 3, 2012 at 12:43 am
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Review should have mentioned that they also have great latte. Can't go through a day without it.
Shannon / February 10, 2013 at 10:18 am
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The chipotle chicken is my amazing, service is fantastic. A great addition to the Queen West neighbourhood.
Carly / March 16, 2013 at 03:00 pm
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D E L I C I O U S !
andrea / September 3, 2013 at 10:36 pm
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is this really a Gluten Free Crepe Restaurant? And this famous Hot Chocolate is it Gluten Free too? Coming to Toronto and want to try, but im Anaphylaxis to wheat?
Kim / September 12, 2013 at 03:47 pm
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My crepe had hair in it!!! GROSS! I had high hopes after reading these fantastic reviews but besides the HAIR in my food, I also found the desserts a little bit on the sweet side. I much prefer subtle sweetness rather than piles and piles of sugar.
Jay / December 15, 2013 at 04:49 pm
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Love their crepes and the quality ingredients used in there. You can tell these people care for what they are doing. Lovely place and great service

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