After working too many weekends I decided to have a Thursday in town to meet up with Lois - one of my best friends from Uni who has since moved up to North Wales. We both love food and decided to become "Ladies who Lunch" for the day. I recently got a tastecard trial and thought I would check out one of the restaurants on 2 for 1 offer. I've heard nice things about La Crêperie de Sophie before - not to mention always seeing them at markets around Cardiff - so we decided to give the restaurant a try.
Located in the High Street Arcade, La Crêperie de Sophie looked like a take-away crêpe shop from the outside. Walking in we were greeted by a wall of Nutella (YUM!) and the smell of cooking crêpes - I was hungry from the start.
Downstairs was an absolutely adorable seating area. It was quite small but not very crowded at 3pm on a Thursday. I would call the ambiance "relaxed" - I could imagine a crêpe restaurant could look overly romantic but they had the balance between the dim lights of romance and the chilled atmosphere of relaxation just right.
We both ordered crêpes. I had the Paysan - delicious garlic mushrooms and herbs, cheddar cheese, red onions, and green leaves. Lois ordered the Cocorico - Chicken Breast, Brie Cheese, Cranberry Sauce, green leaves and balsamic dressing.
That's a normal sized plate - the crêpe is just big! Mine was deliciously cheesy - it had far more cheese than I expected but this was great because I love cheese. I don't think I've had a savory crêpe before but it was spectacular - the flavors melded together well and you could definitely taste the herby mushrooms over the strong cheese. The crêpe itself was nice and crisp - not greasy at all. At first I worried if it would be enough food, but by the end I was stuffed.
Lois's chicken and brie was superb as well - I think the magic is in the cooking of the crêpe as I've never managed to make such a thin, well cooked and flavorsome crêpe at home. I was happy to have my cheesy crêpe though, as there was a lot of chicken but not as much brie in the Cocorico. However we each polished ours off and (sadly) did not have room for a desert crêpe.
I'm a total Crêperie de Sophie convert. The food was delicious, the ambiance was lovely, the staff were attentive and friendly. I only wish they were open in the evenings - I would love to have date night with the Brewer Half here. Unfortunately I don't get to go out for lunch very often. With the tastecard (buy one get one free crêpe) the total came to under a tenner, a very affordable lunch. Even without the tastecard all the crepes are around £5, which is great value for fantastic food.
They also have some exciting looking Crêpes and Cider nights coming up - perhaps the Brewer Half and I can have date night at La Creperie de Sophie soon!
16 High Street
Cardiff CF10 1BB
029 2037 2352