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Published September 27th 2022
The chance to experience the French Crepe in Australia
There are unfortunately only three of these places in Australia. Coomera, Newmarket and now South Brisbane. Miss Claude migrated with her family in 1971 with little more than family and a few trunks, but she fell in love with Australia. What she brought to us, is far more special. Authentic French crepes.
She says, "Over the years many people have asked, "Claude, what did you bring in those two trunks to start a new life? Cooking utensils? Cookbooks with your famous crepe recipe?" I tell them I brought clothes and some precious books that belonged to my grandfather. My Mother's special recipe, which she used to make crepes when I was a little girl, was in my head.
I have always made crepes for my children and grandchildren. They are what connects me to France, and now my family is making them to share with those I think of as My Very Big Australian Family. How wonderful is that? Bon Appetit !!! Miss Claude"
And I had to privilege to enjoy them in Australia versus needing to travel to France.
I stumbled on it by accident. I had travelled to Brisbane to see the new Opera sung by Ali Macgregor and Alexandra Flood "The Human Voice" and "The Call" conducted by Zoe Zeniodi. Zoe is the first Female Greek Maestro Conductor with a doctorate in both Piano and Conducting. She performs internationally but this is her premiere debut in Australia. See her conductor's note. On the night I attended, they received a standing ovation.
On the Saturday morning, we wanted to meet up before going off to Lone Pine to cuddle koalas. Zoe, of course, had to head back to Greece after conducting the final night of the Opera, so this was her only chance to experience our unique Australian animals. And Lone Pine in Brisbane is the best place. I cuddled my first koala there in 1987. We also feed the kangaroos, which is not so unique for me, because they practically walk to my front door. The joys of living bush. But it was a delight to see Zoe's face and send back images to family in Greece, especially the children.
So across from the Atlas Apartments, where many were staying, was a little crepe shop. Zoe suggested we meet there for coffee and catch up. She found a gem. It was fab and I would love them to open in Melbourne. I wonder if they are open to franchise?
Salmon Avocado crepe that just melted in your mouth
These are the most delicious crepes I have experienced outside of France or that my husband has cooked. I ordered for breakfast a salmon and avocado crepe with a cappuccino. Along with the company it was divine. Staff were efficient and friendly but not over the top. It was huge, and they were happy for me to take half of my meal in a takeaway box.
It was fresh, clean, and of course, the weather was perfect to sit outdoors and enjoy fine food and fine company. It is tucked away in the hotel district of South Bank Brisbane but worth a search to enjoy.
First of all the crepe was huge but perfectly presented. Light, delicate both crepe and flavours. I could not eat all of it, but lovely, efficient staff were more than willing to let me take away the rest for another meal.
Zoe Zeniodi cuddles her first koala at Lone Pine Sanctuary
Breakfast and dinner sorted and delicious, so now off to cuddle koalas. Just make sure you keep take away cold, especially with salmon. In this day and age of starvation in other countries, I do not believe in throwing food out.
The staff were lovely and quick to serve. The place was spotless. The decor top notch. And protective shields have stayed. I think this is a lifetime change for us all and for the better.
And, of course, you can order online, get takeaway, and cater events with style.