What are galettes?

In France, galettes are savory crepes hailing from Britanny in Northwestern France. They are made from buckwheat flour, and are a little sturdier and heartier than the crepes made with white flour that you'll encounter on the streets of Paris, whether sweet or savory. Crepes are an economical street food and can be had for as little as 2 Euros ($2.38).

But Galette Cafe in the 7th arrondissement (district) of Paris is no street stall. Neither is it a stuffy, formal restaurant. The environment is friendly and unassuming but the quality of the galettes disarms you.  I have been here twice, once on a recommendation from a friend, the second time on my own recommendation. I even ate the same thing because it was so delicious: Scallopes de la Plancha with leek fondue.  Four fat, moist scallops seared and sitting in a pool of "melted" leeks in a light cream sauce, all on a large but delicate buckwheat crepe. ($21). 

I also tasted Cancale oysters, from the northwestern Breton coast -- some of the best I've ever had -- and a local hard apple cider. Indeed, Galette Cafe is a slice of Brittany in Paris. The raw oysters are briny but sweet, oh-so fresh, and a great way to start a meal. Six oysters with mignonette sauce, a sauteed vegetable and cheese galette and a dessert crepe with salted caramel sauce came as a prix fixe menu for 25 Euros ($29.75).     

Galette Cafe, 2 Rue de l'Universitie, Paris, 75007.     

Posted May 28, 2018.