I love the good life and particular great food. Good food is meant to be shared. Follow me on my adventures through food, travelling and all that I am passionate about.
Published July 16th 2013
Anyone who has been to the Royal Adelaide Show or Adelaide Fringe will be familiar with Adelaide's Famous Poffertjes. The Hooft family who is behind Adelaide's Famous Poffertjes began their poffertjes making business in Holland in the early 1900s and introduced their poffertjes to Australia in 1964. Five generations on in Adelaide they are still successfully making poffertjes. After rising to fame with twenty six years at the Royal Adelaide Show, they now have a permanent home at Creperie Bruxelles on Henley Beach Road, Mile End.
On a quiet section of Henley Beach Road, Creperie Bruxelles is not located in the most assuming of areas for a dessert café. Its frontage is quaint and reminiscent of a by gone era. In fact, I was told that creating a 1920s like décor was the intention. This is captured inside by restored original pressed metal ceilings and old wrought iron work as decorations fixed to the wall. Nostalgic prints of Adelaide's Famous Poffertjes in its infancy along with old family portraits adorn the walls. Perhaps most prominent is the use of a vintage tram front with operating front headlights as part of a countertop. One wonders whether this could be the remains of an old tram from yesteryear that used to service the area.
This is the second time that the Hooft family has opened a shop instead of just trading as a food stand. The first time they operated one was back in the early seventies - for four years they managed the Little Dove Coffee Shop on The Parade in Norwood. Thus the birth of Adelaide's first dessert place.
The crepes served at Creperie Bruxelles were elegantly simple. Though the pears in the crepe were more poached than caramelised and I would have preferred more of the slivered almonds, it was nonetheless delicious, especially the subtleness of the chai cream. Similarly the crepes were filled with banana and drizzled over with salted caramel. They were delightful as well but the caramel did not contain enough salt to make its presence known.
Crepes with caramelised pear, almonds & chai cream $12
Light and crispy, the Brussels waffles came topped with strawberries together with a side of Belgium dark liquid chocolate and ice cream. It was unlike the Liege waffles to which I am accustomed to, the latter being denser, chewier and sweeter.
Bruxelles waffles with chocolate, strawberries & ice cream $11
Dusted with cinnamon sugar, the poffertjes came with various options like rum butter and Cointreau syrup. I settled on the popular choice of cream and lemon. These delicate morsels of fluffy Dutch pancakes are best eaten straight off the poffertjes maker with a trickle of Bruxelles Syrup.
Catering at the moment to everything sweet such as poffertjes, crepes and waffles, Creperie Bruxelles' menu is set to grow to include savoury crepes for dinner on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The plan for a weekend brunch menu is also on the cards. As to keeping with their tradition of providing poffertjes at the annual Royal Adelaide Show every September, it is envisaged that Creperie Bruxelles' doors will be closed for business during this time.