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Krepesz European Palacsinta Cafe

Posted by Devon Scoble / Reviewed on June 21, 2009 / review policy

Krepesz European Palascinta Cafe Krepesz European Palascinta Cafe is a new spot on Kensington's cafe-happy Augusta Ave. Specializing in Hungarian-style crepes, it features an interior as sweet and comforting as its culinary creations.

Krepesz European Palascinta CafeDecked out in bridesmaid yellow, the cafe is stenciled with trees, birds and telephone poles stretching toward a distant horizon, and suggesting communication with a more innocent time. Bright and sunny, the d├ęcor is as charming and playful as a 1950s party dress (or maybe I've just been spending too much time on www.etsy.com lately.)

Krepesz European Palascinta Cafe

The menu is simple and stylish too. Unfortunately I do not find these qualities as endearing in menu form. Crisp and streamlined with plastic letters on smooth metal, it looks fab, but offers little by way of explanation. I inquire about the Vegetarian Crepe, and am told it comes with spinach, tomato and feta cheese. Unfortunately my server forgets to mention that it's also slathered in sour cream, and what was supposed to be a teeny little diversion from my new lactose avoidance plan turns into a full-on dairy assault. Delicious? Sure, but my aching stomach and long-suffering boyfriend would've appreciated a heads-up on the dairy. If he has to sleep in the Dutch oven tonight, you owe him an apology, Krepesz!

Similarly, but less controversially, the Chicken Crepe conjured thoughts of grilled chicken breast, but was actually ground chicken in a mild paprika jus--tasty, but unexpected.

Krepesz European Palascinta Cafe

Sparse explanations aside, the crepes themselves are divine. Stretchy and soft, smooth and just a little sweet, they're everything crepes should be. Although I was a little non-plussed by the aforementioned Vegetarian Crepe, I also recognized that sweet crepes outnumber savoury by a ratio of 2:1. Clearly I didn't order the house specialty.

My friend said she'd come back, and so would I, but I wouldn't get the Vegetarian Crepe again. The feta was super salty, and there was a smidge of crunchy dirt in my spinach. Likewise, the Chicken Crepe was good, but not great. With Hibiscus across the street offering amazing savoury crepe fillings that are both better and cheaper, I just don't see the point. However, if the heavenly shells are any indication of the quality of sweets on offer for desert crepes, then I'll return for those.

I'm not sure I've done Krepesz European Palascinta Cafe justice. Service is friendly, the atmosphere is just lovely, and the place is really, really new. Krepesz may need a little time to iron out the kinks in their fillings, but their crepes are off to a sweet, smooth start.

Savoury Crepes: $8
Sweet Crepes: $7

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Discussion

18 Comments

Vic / June 24, 2009 at 09:30 am
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Interesting, I've never tried Hungarian-style crepes before. I never even knew there were restaurants that offered crepes in Kensington market. I would've liked to see you try one of the dessert crepes though. Maybe in a future review =)
Gwenyth Love / June 24, 2009 at 09:48 am
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Great review Devon, as always! Lets go for a dessert crepe soon!
/grins
Tim / June 24, 2009 at 10:04 am
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This review seems really incomplete. I get that two girls can only eat so many crepes, but to not order at least one sweet option (especially when they outnumber the savoury options 2:1) makes me feel like you didn't sample enough items to properly give a verdict on this place.
KiWe Girl / June 24, 2009 at 02:13 pm
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I was recently at Krespz and had an opportuity to have the nutella/chocolate/rum crepe...it was simply divine. Highly recommended!
piccola / June 24, 2009 at 10:24 pm
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I agree with Tim. Either go with more people, or eat there more than once.
Robby B / July 22, 2009 at 11:59 am
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Was passing through the area on a sunny day and spotted this place. Tried it out right away and wasn't disappointed. It wasn't cheap, but the portions were big and they were prepared with great care. I recommend the sweet cottage cheese crepe, it us a Hungarian classic. I can't wait to try some of their other variations!
Julia / February 12, 2010 at 06:13 pm
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Hungarians (in general) aren't famous for knowing how to cook/being vegetarian. Not surprised that the vegetarian crepe sucked.
Christian replying to a comment from Julia / March 6, 2010 at 11:47 pm
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It sounds like you are well-versed about Hungarians and their cuisine (in general). Why eat the vegetarian crepe then - there are plenty of sweet crepes on the menu to choose from.
Beatrice / July 29, 2010 at 10:13 pm
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Great spot, great crepes! And Hungarian cuisine is absolutely amazing, though on the fatty side for those who are not used to it or don't want to cut the fat down with a shot of palinka :)
Christian / October 16, 2010 at 10:38 am
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Not everyone knows, but Krepesz also serves very good espresso drinks using 49th Parallel beans over a Synesso machine, which only a few high end espresso bars can be proud of in Toronto, such as Crema Coffee Co. You can find a detailed review of our coffee on coffeestork at http://blog.coffeestork.com/.
rc / October 21, 2010 at 07:22 pm
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Had the best espresso in Toronto at Krepesz. Read my review on Coffeestork.

http://blog.coffeestork.com/?p=653



Sam / March 4, 2011 at 05:49 pm
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Someone highly recommended their Chimney Cake so I took my aunt there. We ordered two Lattes because I wanted to show my aunt the nice patterns they made on top. The latte was so good that my aunt literally drank the coffee in one gulp. One of the best lattes I have had in Toronto. They had problems with the dough that day so I didn't get a chance to try their Chimney Cake but I don't mind going back another time to have another cup of their Latte. If you like coffee you definately have to try this place.
John / February 5, 2013 at 02:34 pm
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Way to expensive for Crepes!
Skye / February 6, 2013 at 09:04 am
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Amazing Hungarian crepes here. And I had no idea their espresso was so good as well! I'll be sure to order one on my next visit to Kensington.

And yes: considering how meat-heavy Hungarian food tends to be, it would have been nice to have seen a second review from a second visit.
Tony / March 24, 2013 at 04:44 pm
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walking into this place is like walking into your kitchen after shoveling your parents driveway and finding your mom preparing you a warm cooked meal and the perfect latte..

:)

*****!
sakura / April 28, 2013 at 11:33 am
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Am I the only reader to find the dutch oven reference somewhat inappropriate in a restaurant review?
Megan / April 13, 2014 at 01:47 am
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Used to be really good! ..their coffee is definitely not the same I think they sold the place and the new owner is still learning how to make a good coffee, the crepe for the price..nothing especial, it wasn't bad, but nothing compered to how used to be.
don't think i'm going back anytime soon
Fred Berktin / November 2, 2014 at 09:26 am
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In response to the laxtose intolerant boyfriend. If you have a serious health issue with food items you should be the one asking if the food you are ordering contains any of the items you are allergic to. It's not up to the cook or the waiter/waitress to give you the entire recipe. Just saying. I love the food and the friendly service here

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