My FAVOURITE thing about Paris is the crêpes. I’m not kidding- there’s nothing better than a nutella crêpe from a street stall. Finally, we have a dedicated crêperie in Jozi and it really is the prettiest space ever. There’s an indoor area and a gorgeous outdoor courtyard.
Owner, Robyn Timson, has always been passionate about gardens and plants, and wanted to transmute that passion into a restaurant. Running with a botanical theme, Arbour is decorated in hues of green and grey and has mostly outdoor seating. Sorry about the not – so – great pics, we decided to go last minute and didn’t have the SLR with us.
The restaurant is a South African take on a French crêperie, and serves a variety of sweet and savoury crêpes, known as galettes in France, as well as a few other light meal choices like salads and soups.
The crêpe or galette base offers a canvas for any number of flavour combinations from simple flavours such as ham, gruyere and egg (a classic choice) to lavish duck and cherry. For the health conscious among us, it’s also comforting to know the galette is made from buckwheat flour which is naturally gluten free. In France, crêpes are traditionally served with delicious dry apple cider, and Arbour offers an Eric Bordelat version at R30 a glass.
So, my verdict on the crêpes? A little pricey (think R45 for a cinnamon and sugar ice cream and R60+ for more exotic toppings like nutella and banana). Granted, crêpes come with a scoop of ice cream (not Country Fresh, really good, artisan ice cream) which I’d normally be happy to pay R15-R20 for on its own.
Taste wise- if Paris crêpes are my number one, and this recipe from Drizzle and Dip is number two (you NEED to try it out at home), then Arbour crêpes are probably number three. The space is lovely and I really recommend you check it out.
Address: Wrenrose Shopping Centre, 64 St Andrew Street, Birdhaven.
Open Mon – Sat, 7am – 4pm and on Thursday nights- best to go from 6pm onwards, enjoy some wine around the fire outside.