The Creperie
By Caroline Barlott

Romance and Nostalgia

French music drifts through the dimly lit space while hard cover books cover one wall, and empty wine bottles another. The Creperie’s manager, Mahoney Kassab, believes it’s one of the most romantic spots in town; and, the reservation list that fills up quickly on dates like Valentine’s Day show that the restaurants many customers agree.

“When I came to the restaurant about two years ago, I fell in love with it,” says Mahoney.

Mahoney has been managing the restaurant for several years now, and he has a strong background in the food industry, having owned a Mediterranean restaurant in Riverbend, a French café on Rice Howard Way, an Italian sandwich shop in west Edmonton and a seafood restaurant in Dubai.

His experience served him well when he started managing The Creperie, though he admits the restaurant has always held a pretty strong spot in Edmonton’s dining scene.

They like the food and the memories. A lot of people got engaged here or had their first date here. Everyone has memories here. - Mahoney Kassab, manager
The Creperie serves more than just crepes; they also create elegant entrees, such as beef medallions.
Beef medallions chasseur at The Creperie. Photo provided by The Creperie

French Lessons

Mahoney says that many of restaurant's current regulars are actually the children and, in some cases, even grandchildren, of The Creperie’s original guests. When the restaurant first opened, the owner decided to invite high schools, who could bring their students to the restaurant and have a French meal for a reasonable price. The idea was that the students could practice their French language skills in a different environment, providing a unique learning experience.

The idea was a success, and the restaurant continues to serve groups of French students. Those original students told their own kids about the experience of eating at The Creperie, and now the next generation is bringing their children to the restaurant.

“They like the food and the memories. A lot of people got engaged here or had their first date here. Everyone has memories here,” says Mahoney.

The Creperie serves more than just crepes; they also create elegant entrees, such as salmon.
In addition to crepes, the restaurant also serves up delicious entrees, such as salmon. Photo provided by The Creperie

Classic Cuisine

The menu contains many crowd favourites and an impressive selection of crêpes, ranging from several seafood options to vegetarian selections. Some of the savoury crêpes are classic, including the Crêpe Pacific with salmon, baby shrimp and asparagus in a creamy dill sauce, while other involve twists on the classics, such as the Crêpe Ginger Beef, which melds both spicy and sweet flavours.

Towards the back of the restaurant is what looks like a large circular cutting board; it’s where the crêpes are composed, explains Mahoney, adding that he uses simple and fresh ingredients in the dishes. Some of the entrees and crêpes have been updated over the years, but many remain the same, and it’s that nostalgia that keeps many individuals coming back. “We have a lot of regulars. People come her for years and years. The last couple I met said they have been coming here for 30 years,” says Mahoney.

The Creperie is the perfect setting for a date night meal
The elegant, dimly lit restaurant is the perfect setting for a date night meal. Photo provided by The Creperie
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