I’ve been meaning to visit Crȇpeaffaire since it opened earlier this year in St David’s Centre, next to Hugo Boss. The café and bakery joins six of its kind throughout the UK, and with another due to open soon in Hamburg, it looks as though Crȇpeaffaire are going international.
Whenever I walk past the Cardiff branch, the banana-yellow front always catches my eye and lifts my mood. So when my manager suggested a group of us go there for lunch, I didn’t take much persuading.
As the name would suggest, Crȇpeaffaire specialise in preparing both savoury and sweet crȇpes, with a selection of mouthwatering fillings. But it doesn’t stop there – the café and bakery also tempt diners with breakfast, waffles, ice cream, organic fair trade coffee, smoothies and cold drinks. Visit www.crepeaffaire.com to see the full Crȇpeaffaire menu, but be aware that the Cardiff menu does differ slightly.
The yellow theme continues inside the café, with cute neon hearts on the walls, artificial sunflowers on the tables and
ultra-modern yellow lamps hanging down from the ceiling.
A large blackboard takes up the entire surface of one wall, with pictures of ingredients and names of crȇpes scrawled onto it in brightly-coloured chalk.
Opposite, a mural of a Strawberry Delight crȇpe stretches across a white wall – as if I haven’t already given into
My manager and another colleague share the Supreme (£4.90 take-out/£5.90 eat-in), featuring a tasty mix of ham, cheese, tomato, mushrooms and spinach. The friendly staff are more than happy to split the crȇpe between two plates for us, and this is just one example of the excellent customer service we received throughout our visit.
For dessert I order the Mellow Yellow (£2.95 take-out/£3.55 eat-in), a traditional choice served with butter, sugar and lemon in a zesty, syrup-like form – much better than the ones I try to make at home!
Crȇpeaffaire also offer a take-out option, but I don’t know if the food would taste so good once I’d got
it back to the office, or if it would still be warm. That said, the crȇpe-cone (a cardboard take-out box shaped like a crȇpe) does sound rather nifty.
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