Braised Beef Crepe @ Cafe Orleans

Price: $20.00

When: January 28, 2017, 6:15 PM

Reservations: Recommended

Verdict? Recommended

While I’m delightedly devouring the Fried Green Tomato Sandwich at Cafe Orleans, Elaine has ordered herself the Braised Beef Crepe, and is starting to dig in.

We’ve had good luck with crepes at Cafe Orleans. The last one – the Chicken Gumbo Crepe – was tasty, well-balanced, and fresh. We’re hoping the Beef crepe lives up to the standard.

Presentation-wise, this is similar to the Chicken Gumbo. Two crepes, dressed in brown sauce, served atop a scoop of pureed green peas. There’s a side of sliced beef, sitting in additional sauce.

The crepe is solid. It has a delicate beef flavor. The brown sauce is mild – a reinforcement, not a primary. It does a nice ballet on the tongue.

The peas are outstanding. Perfectly cooked. Not mushy at all. There’s no need for salt. If you’re like me, you’ll push them around in the brown sauce for some extra flavor on the fork.

Finally, the beef side is a nice-to-have. It feels like leftover crepe filling. The quality is good, and, outside of the crepe, it has a nice atomic flavor profile. It’s not strictly necessary, but it will help get you full.

This is a fine dish. Elaine said, “I recommend this, but I wish it were a little warmer.” She’s right: this was served warm, not hot; the temperature could have been kicked up a few degrees. The Chicken Gumbo Crepe is a touch better, but this is perfectly good. It delivered. We’d definitely eat it again.