Located near the Croydon branch of Abbots and Kinney, La Lorientaise Creperie serves a range of savoury and sweet dishes based on the French pancake known as crepes. The place was very popular; there was a large crowd present when we visited.
The use of buckwheat flour in their savoury crepes gave them a crisp texture that contrasted well with the filling. The smoked salmon in the La Saumon had a smoky flavour and was partnered well by the creamy leeks. Topping the crepe was a lemon wedge whose sharpness helped to cut through the creaminess of the leeks.
La Saumon (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Their La Gourmande crepe was a bit like an Aussie Big Breakfast in crepe form, with its filling consisting of ingredients that you would expect in a big breakfast. We particularly enjoyed the sausage, which had a delectable smoky flavour, and the bacon was cooked to the degree we like. Caramelised onions intensified the smoky flavour and the egg was nice and soft. The dish was best enjoyed eaten together with some of the tomato relish topping the dish.
La Gourmande (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Compared to their savoury crepes, the crepe in their sweet dishes had a softer texture, more along the lines that most Australians are used to. The combination of Nutella and coconut ice cream in the La Coco was divine. The coconut ice cream had a strong coconut flavour and was not too sweet. A sprinkling of shredded coconut added texture and completed the dish.
Aside from crepes the cafe also offers croissants and the French toasted sandwiches known as Croques. The décor of the café gave it a rustic feel and customers have a choice of indoor or outdoor seating. The outdoor seating was noticeably popular with those who visited with their dogs.