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Slow and Savoury: I Feel Like Crepe

Posted by Tanja / Listed on November 30, 2007 / review policy

Celeste Crepe at I Feel Like Crepe in Toronto
In line for a late night screening at the Royal Cinema, I couldn't help but notice the newest café to open shop in Little Italy. "I Feel Like Crêpe", proudly shows off its odd little name on a bold red storefront sign and welcomes patrons with big bright windows and a slick European-style café interior.

I'm intrigued and return the following evening with friends to see what this spot has to offer.

While the overall look of I Feel Like Crêpe bears resemblance to Queen West's, Café Crêpe, the menu does offer a different line-up of dishes.

Both sweet and savoury crêpes fill most of the menu along with a tiny grilled panini section and a list of café type drinks. The selection of crêpes is impressively diverse and creatively put together with each being given personal names like, Margot, Emilie, and Inês on the sweet side and Leopold, Claude and Philippe on the savoury.

We order up some Illy coffee ($1.80) and San Pellegrino mineral water ($2.50) along with Celeste ($7), Noele ($8) and feisty Léon ($8).

First off, because it has to be said: it was a good thing the menu was so entertaining, 'cause the service is achingly slow. We waited a half-hour for some attention and when we did finally place the order, we waited some 30-40 minutes for our crêpes to arrive.

In between and afterwards, we were faced with very friendly but slightly confused or nervous staff. Hopefully this is just a group of rookies finding their footing in a new café.

Once the food arrived, everyone agreed we could see past the slowness this time around.

Celeste (pictured at the top) is the crowd favourite: Nutella, strawberries and banana wrapped up in a warm crêpe for $7. With plenty of fruit and Nutella both inside and out, she didn't disappoint.

Noele
Noele is the seemingly older, more sophisticated sister to Celeste. The combination of rich dark chocolate and strawberries is similar but much more decadent.

Leon
And on the savoury side of things, Léon is an instant hit with everyone. Filled with spicy sausage, roasted red peppers, eggplant spread and feta cheese, this crepe is the poster-boy for "savoury".

And that is where I Feel Like Crêpe really shines. Despite being a big fan of Café Crêpe on Queen, the one area of their menu I've never quite been satisfied with is their savoury crepes. Most are too plain or just repeat the same few ingredients in different combinations. At I Feel Like Crêpe, each savoury crêpe really has a completely different personality and is filled enough to make for a nice light meal.

I plan to head back for brunch this weekend and try out an Etienne (grilled asparagus and hollaindaise sauce) or perhaps even the Lazar (smoked salmon, cream cheese and Spanish onion).

Let's just hope the brunch order makes it to the table before dinner.

Discussion

22 Comments

Gloria / November 30, 2007 at 04:02 pm
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Between this and the Goed Eten reviews, I'm going to weigh about 40 pounds heavier by the end of December. You guys.
Debbie Ohi / December 1, 2007 at 07:37 am
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Celeste looks amazing.
Must. Have.
stampi / December 2, 2007 at 12:42 am
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the best-kept secret in crepe-land is to order a cheese crepe and ask them to drizzle in some honey or maple syrup before they fold it. at cafe crepe, i like emmenthal and honey.
thanks for the this review. just what i need, more crepes in my hood.
Danielle / December 4, 2007 at 12:56 pm
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*groan* This is just what I need, another delish crepe place!
Alisa / January 10, 2008 at 10:32 pm
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Too many eggs in the crepe batter give it a spongey texture. The name of the restaurant is an insult to food itself..not a pun at all. Another "mangiacake" restaurant for kraft dinner foodies.
nikki / January 21, 2008 at 01:04 pm
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the crepes were paper thin. exactly the way they're supposed to be. my bf and i each had a savoury crepe and really enjoyed it. i also had a nutella and banana crepe. OMG!!! i can still taste it. they were busy so we had to wait a bit but they told us right away and it was worth the wait.
will / February 28, 2008 at 09:54 am
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what "crap" this was $30.00 I wasted on this hash
the people above must be friends of the owners
and the worst service EVER
nancy / March 11, 2008 at 11:55 am
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So far my favourite crepe place in toronto. The only crepes that came close to what I had in Europe.
justin / April 14, 2008 at 09:39 pm
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exacts words from my girlfriend as we walked out the door,

'i feel like crXp.'

classic...
justin / April 14, 2008 at 09:44 pm
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margo (euro cream) with plazma bisuit.

the batter was mediocre, bit too cold, bit too thin, bit too dry, bit too chewy, felt like chewing on writing paper. too much chocolate on the inside which overpowered the taste and aroma of the crepe itself. need a better balance between both.
maria / July 9, 2008 at 05:29 pm
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my husband and i are regulars at this place. i recommend hector (cheese, chicken and bacon) for dinner and a classic nutella crepe for dessert.
Emma / August 7, 2008 at 04:31 pm
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this place is awesome. they have martini nights on weekends, $6 martinis.
Danny / September 5, 2008 at 04:01 pm
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These guys were selling crepes on the street for the long weeking festival on college. They were awesome. I can't wait to try their regular menu. They only had nutella and fruit crepes on the street. So good.
Peter / October 6, 2008 at 05:36 pm
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I finally got a change to try this place after commenting on the name every time we would drive by. My girlfriend and I went there on Friday. The place has a nice lounge feel to it. We went for dessert and martinis but will definitely go back and try savoury crepes and paninis because we really enjoyed the food. My girfriend lived in France for a year and mentioned how the food was authentically french and not the american version of crepes.
tiffany / October 12, 2008 at 12:34 pm
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i feel like crepe, i have only been there once, but the service there was great when i went, the crepes were made fast!, nice and warm and tasty, although i was there around 11pm..not sure if those are there regular hours...perhaps they were open late b/c of nuit blance, but i highly recommend the place.
Matt / October 21, 2008 at 10:53 am
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My boyfriend and I are regulars at this place. The crepes are great and the whole place has a cool vibe.
Salma J / February 9, 2009 at 12:36 pm
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For the past several weeks I had the pleasure of being served with their caramel crunch shooters. They are so sublime. They leave a wonderful after taste and they felt like a little taste of heaven!
Their crepes are to die for. (Did I actually say that?) The variations offered are extremely unusual.
Its a beautiful little restaurant tucked into the busy hurly burly of College Street. Mmmmmmmmm! Simply wonderful!
Peter / February 14, 2009 at 05:25 pm
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Not only crepes are awesome here, the paninis.. WOW!

And cheap Martini's.

BEST Crepery in Toronto by far!
Karina / August 11, 2009 at 05:40 pm
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Crepes are ok because they're just crepes, anything with nutella or chicken will taste alright. Experience was bad though, bad service, rude owners, a lot of teenagers, music too loud... I feel like CRAP!
Adolf / December 5, 2009 at 01:16 pm
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First thing: They misrepresent their prices. Everything listed has 99 cents tacked on to it when you pay. This isn't a big deal, but very misleading. Second: The service was shit. I've been there twice. The first time this huge ogre that runs the place was slow with our orders. I admit, the crepes were good, so I went back again. Big mistake! This was on a Saturday. After being seated no one came to take our order. After 20 minutes trying to flag down the waiter or waitress this rude bimbo finally comes over grudgingly and took our order. Then I waited. It was 30 minutes until I got my order. Then came time to get the bill. After flagging the waiter and waitress 10 times, I eventually got up and walked to the front to pay there. Needless to say I'll never go back to this place.

Bottom line: The food was decent, although a bit pricey. They mislead their prices... and the service is terrible

5 out of 10
tiffy / March 30, 2010 at 02:19 am
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I ate here and I think it should be called "i feel like crap" instead. I had a crepe for which had smoked salmon and I had food poisoning where I puked and had diarrhea for two full days.
Steve Jacobs / August 19, 2010 at 05:01 am
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YOU'LL FEEL LIKE CRAP AFTER BEING BURNED AT THIS JOINT !!!
Reviewed by stevej
Overall

2.0 starsFood
2.0 starsServices
2.0 starsAtmosphere
2.0 stars
Price Range (per person): $11-$25 Visit Again?: No Party Size: 2 At least $11.00 plus taxes and tip for a freaking crepe!

$7.00 for a Martini!

Are you folks nuts, or do you just have way too much cash on hand?

How about this idea?? Make your own crepe for pennies a serving,, buy a full bottle of vodka for about 23 bucks...and celebrate not being ripped-off at this pretentious here today - gone tomorrow joint!?

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