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Published July 30th 2011
Crêpes à la Carte is a student-driven crêpe stall in Melbourne University, next to the John Medley building. For those who aren't students, that's just off Grattan Street. Self-described "crêpe enthusiasts," they cook and serve their meals in minutes: perfect for a quick lunch on-the-go.
The Crêpes à la Carte stall.
Unlike some traditional French crêpes, the cooks at Crêpes à la Carte go heavy on the batter, serving a satisfyingly thick crêpe with a variety of fillings. The thickness means that the crêpe stays warm for minutes, turning a decent meal into a delicious one. While the old standards – sugar and lemon, various jams or savoury ham and cheese – are available, there's also an Australian twist. Vegemite crêpes are available, with added cheese for a heartier lunch.
The crêpes are served in cardboard cones, making the egg options prone to falling apart at the bottom. Pull the crêpe up as you eat to avoid this problem. The nearby benches are comfortable and surrounded by enough greenery to make eating there a pleasure. Although Crêpes à la Carte does not offer coffee, the KereKere café is close enough to get your caffeine fix.
Crêpes à la Carte is an excellent option for a sweet snack, both for students and non-students. Have a cup of tea with your crêpe, sit under a tree, and enjoy the blend of French and Australian culture.