It’s often said that French cooking is an art. The presentation, the flavor, the precise balance of ingredients -- they’re all part of the culture’s distinctive cuisine. So, I was more than thrilled to discover that there’s a new crêperie right in the center of Wayne, situated in the old Johnny’s Doghouse venue.
Crêperie Béchamel has a quaint, Parisian façade and an equally cute interior. The main room, a small space dotted with two-person tables and a kitchen, creates a more intimate atmosphere, and conjures what might be a snack on Avenue des Champs-Élysées, or breakfast along the Rue Rivoli. The menu is chock full of delicious ideas, from the sweet (s’mores; banana and nutella) to the savory (mushroom; Mediterranean). And the best part? The crepes can be made with gluten-free, whole-wheat ingredients, so the meal is both appetizing and healthy. (For the more skeptical bunch, the whole grain takes nothing away from the flavor of the crepes; in fact, it enhances them, making them a very satisfying choice.)
If you’re looking for something to go with your crepes, try some of the other homemade goods, such as soup, cookies, and brownies, which are undoubtedly compatible with the tremendous flavors.
The few drawbacks I noticed were the time it took to cook; it appeared as though one crepe was cooked at a time. They’re relatively on the expensive side (ranging $9-$12), so if you’re planning on trying both sweet and savory, it’s best to split one. Additionally, paper plates aren’t the most logical option for serving crepes, because they quickly absorb the butter.
Overall, however, it’s a charming new idea that will surely be a hit. Welcome to the neighborhood, Béchamel!