A circumstance would have it, when the craving for a lazy Sunday brunch set in, I was lucky enough to be in the city. I wasn’t about the pass up on an opportunity to indulge myself silly, so a decision was made (by me) to head to Roule Galette and feast on galettes and crepes.
I’d walked past this establishment many times, yet never ventured in, even though the dulcet tones of the french singers over the sound system in this small little cafe called to me. I couldn’t help but notice the interesting artwork, obviously produced by someone affiliated with the cafe, and whoever designed their logo certainly had a sense of humour.
Who could resist a seductively posed cartoon crepe/galette after all. Indeed, the same could be asked of the extensive range of galettes (thin buckwheat savoury pancakes) and crepes they make to order. After drinking our surprisingly good coffees (they didn’t advertise who their suppliers were), we hungrily dug into our galettes.
I’d ordered the Forestière, filled with béchamel (French white sauce) with bacon, mushroom and cheese.
You can’t see much here, but after carefully opening the envelope-like parcel…
…the galette was gloriously revealed in its entirety. Amazing! So creamy and rich, without being too salty, the bacon added a nice texture while the galette held the whole dish together. Satisfying, I was definitely happy with this dish.
M chose the somewhat more ‘breakfast-like’ Complète with an egg, ham, shredded cheese and butter.
I found it less interesting than mine, but it was good nevertheless. I’d mentioned before that I fully intended to indulge myself silly, so we each ordered a sweet crepe in addition to the galettes.
One glance at the picture of the Anne-So, with chocolate, ice cream and flaked almonds, on the menu and my decision was made.
Rich and decadent, I’m not sure you could ever go wrong with this combination. The crepe was thin, yet perfectly suited to soaking up the dripping ice-cream. M decided to one-up me, and ordered the Gourmande with ice cream, fresh banana, chocolate, strawberry and flaked almonds.
This massive dessert was definitely something to behold. Somehow he finished his crepe before I did, but maybe that’s testament to how good it was.
Both of us left Roule Galette feeling very satisfied and cheery, with bellies filled with good food that cost surprisingly little. Fast service and good food at a reasonable price definitely make this a great cafe to indulge in a delicious crepes, galettes and coffee, and for imagining that you’re in a tiny, cosy cafe in Bretagne, France perhaps.
Scott Alley, 241 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Mon-Thu 730am-8pm, Fri 730am-930pm, Sat-Sun 10am-5pm