A galette? What’s that, you might ask? Honestly, before I accidentally stumbled across a creperie in Belgium that served this, I had no idea as well.
The galette is a type of French crusty cake, but the one more commonly seen in restaurants and such is the Breton galette, a buckwheat flour open faced pancake with savoury fillings. Apparently crêpes refer to the sweet ones made with wheat flour! Okay so I only just learnt this today.
And there’s also the Galette des Rois, but anyway, I digress. The point is, 4 years after my trip to Belgium, I recently ate galettes once again. Back then, I remember thinking that I wasn’t going to be come a big fan of this dish anytime soon.
But last month, when I visited Ô Comptoir, a modern take on a traditional French crêperie, I decided that it really wasn’t too bad after all.
Besides the usual ham, cheese, rocket and poached egg variety, we also tried flavours like mustard chicken, thai-inspired prawn and mango salad, as well as a traditional cheese, potato and bacon.
I rather enjoyed these – the soft, moist and grainy pancake skin complemented the various tasty filings of meat, cheese, vegetables and more.
I particularly liked the Mustard Day (S$17), a galette with ingredients like grilled chicken, mustard, caramelised onions. It was a nice hearty pancake with a tangy flavour.
The Khao San Road Galette (S$19) consisting of prawn, mango, tomato, bean sprouts, egg, mint and peanut was an interesting mix. Quite a nice combination of flavour, but not my preferred filling for a galette.
The menu also had sides like truffle fries and chicken wings, galette rolls and sweet crepes. For drinks, there are wines, beers and an interesting selection of craft ciders which come in either a glass or a 750ml bottle (around S$22 to $27 for these).
I rather enjoyed the galettes at Ô Comptoir and would consider visiting again to try the other flavours, perhaps for brunch instead next time.
Though, this is the kind of thing you have to be in the mood for I think, not something that you could eat on a daily basis. Or well, maybe the French people do…?
Oh and it says on their Facebook site that their galettes and crêpes are gluten-free and eggless!
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Tel: +65 6534 7645
Open on Mondays and Tuesdays from 11.00am to 12.00am, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11.00am to 1.00am, Fridays and Saturdays from 11.00am to 2.00am and Sundays from 10.00am to 10.00pm.