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Crepes a GoGo (Annex)

Posted by Emily Burke / Reviewed on November 17, 2011 / review policy

Crepes a GoGo AnnexCrepes a GoGo made its return to the Annex last week at Spadina and Bloor, a long awaited move since the restaurant shuttered its Bedford and Bloor location in 2002. Forced out of their original address to make way for condo development, owner Chef Veronique moved her establishment a couple subway stops to the east and set up shop in Yorkville where Crepes a GoGo has garnered a loyal following.

But it's back in its old hood and after only a few days has a line out the door during the lunch rush. But customers should take the "GoGo" portion of the name to heart because if you're not grabbing food on the run you may have trouble finding a seat among the three little tables and the small row of bar stools along the window.

Crepes a GoGo AnnexThe entire staff seems to be French, casually chit chatting to each other en Francais and calling out "Bon Appetit!" before handing each person their order. The French servers, the menu and the vibe are all built in the same image as the Yorkville location. It seems Veronique found a formula that works and she's sticking to it.

Crepes a GoGo AnnexMy friend orders the Cotes D'Azur, already a favourite with Crepes a GoGo's Yorkville regulars. Served warm and stuffed with goats cheese, tomato and basil and sprinkled with a little olive oil ($8.50), this dish is French simplicity. Warming and softening the cheese and tomatoes, without quite cooking them through, takes the Cotes D'Azur from lunchtime sandwich to soothing comfort food.

Crepes a GoGo AnnexI choose the Crepe Madame, filled with cream cheese, smoked salmon, dill, red onion and a splash of lemon ($10), rolled up like a wrap and served a little cooler than the folded crepes. Pairing creamy and smoky flavours with the zesty punch of lemon and dill made for a refreshing and light lunch. In fairness, it's difficult to screw up cream cheese and lox, but the ingredients are perfectly fresh and the presentation is simple and elegant.

Crepes a GoGo AnnexOnce we finish the savoury, it's on to the sweet! We choose one of their signature crepes, the Big Ben, filled with raspberry jam and either mozzarella or brie. We choose brie without hesitation. But having already downed two different cheeses in the first round of crepes, the dessert makes for a bit of cheese overload. Even for a pair of cheese enthusiasts like ourselves it's still a bit much, so consider yourselves warned.

Crepes a GoGo AnnexThere are the crepes restaurants that try to cram as many toppings in as possible as though they are serving up a burrito, and then there's the more delicate approach to crepes, an experiment in subtle flavour combinations. Crepes a GoGo is the latter. The toppings are fresh and the batter is supple. Great batter is to the crepe what great dough is to pizza - it can make or break it, no matter how great the toppings. But in this instance the whole package works. Bon Appetit, Annex!

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Discussion

8 Comments

Moshe Zuchter / November 17, 2011 at 03:55 pm
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The best crepes in the city? By far!!

Veronique's delicate creations are subtle and make me smile every time I bite in to one.

Love both locations. Congratulations!
Andrew / November 17, 2011 at 04:11 pm
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I agree it is the best in the city!
Rae / November 17, 2011 at 05:25 pm
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I LOVE this place! The Big Ben is so good I don't think I've ordered anything else; just sampled those that others have ordered. Glad the new location is closer to me :)
mr. hood / November 18, 2011 at 02:42 am
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just had a conversation about how i miss the street stand crepes of paris... this will do the job quite nicely..

also reminds me of the crepe stand in london england, next to the aquarium/ london eye.. those ones were overstuffed and delish tho

Elizabeth / November 18, 2011 at 05:06 pm
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The old location on bedford was open until at least the end of 2004, if not into 2005, as i had just started at u of t and went there often. I remember signing the petition Veronique put together for the landlords before those old places were torn down and the huge new condo was built at 1 bedford.
Cora / November 18, 2011 at 10:17 pm
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As a first time customer, the experience was amazing. Friendly staff and the crepes were the best I have ever had. I tried the Monaco and the Big Ben with Brie. *Yummy*
JEAN / November 19, 2011 at 11:57 am
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I do agree that the crepes are amazing , however, if you understand French, you are pretty disturbed by Veronique's behaviour against her young employees especially at Yorkville location...
A / November 21, 2011 at 09:35 pm
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I agree with Jean, I am fluent in French and was disappointed in how the owner was treating her staff. I was there for approximately 10 minutes and the entire time all the owner did was pass snide backhanded remarks aimed at the three girls working for her.

The actual crepe I had (sweet option: the lemon filled) was actually pretty disappointing, as it was cold and hard by the time I got it and had the doughy taste you get when the crepe is made too thick.

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