“Suzette” is a fun word to say, making your lips first pucker, then smile. It is also the name of Nariman Point’s new creperie, and can be found echoing around the space, stamped on the masthead of old French newspaper prints, embroidered onto the chef’s apron, scripted into the owner’s favourite story about King Edward VII's mistress and starring on the menu, moniker of a show stopping, virginal crepe made with orange blossom water instead of the traditional Grand Marnier (more on that a la fin).
Say it with us: “Suzette.”
Duo Jour + 1
Run by three lovely French expats and bpb subscriber-turned-friends, Suzette is housed in a tiny space (seating for 20 people) that manages to pack a lot in: wooden tables, a breakfast bar, Sri Lankan glass jars filled with organic spices. Here are also personal relics – books on French food and existential novels, fun play lists from parties in Paris, photograph of a grinning best friend wearing a chapeau. The menu too involves treats exported from France, predominantly featuring traditional sweet and savoury Brittany-style crepes. Also available are summer salads, juices, “Smoozies” (written the way the French would pronounce it), tea and coffee.
bpb visited bright and early on launch day to find that we had narrowly missed the 10% lifetime discount, an honour that comes with being the first customers here. Part, deux.
Our breakfast, the debauchery of which we are still recovering from, began with the Complet, a crisp buckwheat crepe folded over chicken bacon, Emmental cheese and an egg where the yolk is just the right amount of runny - a champion morning meal. Also delish is the ratatouille version, saucy and quintessentially French (add mozzarella or feta cheese if you dare). Vegetarians, focus your attention on a Provence, filled with juicy tomatoes and made pleasantly bitter with olive tapenade. On this, drizzle homemade chilli oil with a generous hand.
Somewhere between our savoury and sweet crepes floated in mini portions of Nicoise salad - colourful veggies tossed in summer-proof French vinaigrette, made rich with egg and tuna cream – and watermelon-mint juice that could have been cooler. Other beverages include deliciously rich Callebaut hot chocolate, Mariage Frères tea – try the black Marco Polo – and shots of espresso so strong that they made this Scouter’s eyes water.
There She Goes Again
If our dietician was present, she would have urged us to end our breakfast with a honey, banana and oatmeal Smoozie, but we picked instead a classic crepe paired with homemade butterscotch-y caramel, which tastes of summer in Paris: smooth, golden, absolutely beautiful. And in the end, we forked up the belle du jour - tanned and slim, glistening and glamorous, sweet, sticky and smelling of orange blossoms. Who’s that dish, we asked? “Suzette,” they said.
Getting there: Suzette creperie and café, ground floor, Atlanta Building, Nariman Point, call 22880055 crepes start at Rs 100. Open 8.30 am to 6 pm, closed on Sunday but can be rented out for D-I-Y crepe parties.
bpb pays for its own meals.
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