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Published August 28th 2013
Lunch time is crepe time in the city
Stranger things have happened. It's Tuesday, lunchtime, and I'm sharing a table with three people I don't know. That's not the oddest thing about my meal, though – that honour lies with the beef lasagne in front of me. It's composed of crepes.
Aix Cafe Creperie Salon in Centre Place, Melbourne
I'm dining at Aix Café Creperie Salon, possibly the most interesting little eating house in the alleyful of interesting places that is Centre Place, in Melbourne's CBD. Aix Café is not the most popular. The tables are full (hence my position) but trade at the counter is slow compared to its neighbours. It is one of the very few places that serves up a freshly-cooked hot lunch for under $10.
On to the food. My curiosity led me to try the 'beef crepe lasagne' which is exactly as advertised. It's surprisingly similar to ordinary lasagne, and served with a salad. One of my companions has ordered something tantalising with goats cheese and informs me that it's excellent. Our newly-seated tablemates are staring at both meals hungrily. I'm pretty sure they'll end up being adventurous with the menu too, although it offers all the traditional basic crepes offered by a Paris creperie.
The seating situation turns out to be part of the enjoyment. The tiny space of the restaurant is smaller than a single bedroom and equipped with mini-tables that interrupt plush red benches. Arriving at a busy time, I took the only available space in an empty four-seat booth. The three free seats were rejected by picky diners at first, but I was joined by one, then more. We defied our Anglo heritage enough to actually talk to one another.
Digging into my hearty dish, with pleasant conversation, I was glad to have taken a punt on this strange little place for lunch.