My boss is French, but I see him eating more Japanese sushi rolls rather than French crêpes. I wonder what he would say to.....maki galettes!
Think galettes rolled with smoked salmon (in style of Japanese maki), and paired with wasabi sauce. It got me at hello.
That is part of the very innovative maki selection which is recently-introduced by Ô COMPTOIR, a crêpe and cider bar located at Circular Road (behind Boat Quay). The French owners wanted to offer diners an interesting way to enjoy their signature galettes, and came up with this idea.
There is a current total of 6 flavor choices, namely Masala Chicken ($14), Goat Cheese Tartar ($14), Crab Avocado ($16), Duck Confit ($16), Ham & Cheese ($14), and Smoked Salmon ($18).
The makis are all prettily-presented, and served in convenient bite-sized pieces, appetizer-style. It's ideal for sharing, and makes a perfect pairing with wine or cider on a night out.
Somewhat healthy too, as it is made from gluten-free organic buckwheat flour specially imported from a small mill in Brittany region (north-west of France).
While the Ham & Cheese and Smoked Salmon maki galettes were enjoyable in its own way, our unanimous favorite was the Crab Avocado.
The crabmeat was fresh and light, and went well with the creaminess of avocado and crunchy bursts from the tobiko. Texture of the buckwheat crêpe has a pleasant soft, bouncy chew to it. It was all together delightful.
We find the idea of maki galettes refreshing indeed, and to be enjoying it with chopsticks made the experience more complete. There is also a sweet version - Salted Caramel Roll ($8).
I was told that the maki galettes are becoming increasingly popular among the diners, even their French regulars are very receptive to this creative twist to the classic galette.
Of course, Ô COMPTOIR's menu comprises of more than just maki galettes. There is a selection of classic galettes, inspiration galettes, brasserie dishes, salads, and sweet crêpes as well.
When it comes to ingredients, it's a case of "the more the better" as we indulged in the Ménage à 5 ($17), a savory buckwheat crêpe generously filled with emmental cheese, ham, sunny egg, mushroom, and tomato.
No doubt a very well-executed classic, but it was the inspiration galettes that impressed us the most. We especially like the Thai-inspired Khao San Road ($22) with prawn, mango, tomato, bean sprout, sunny egg and mint.
Options such as Chase The Spices ($18) with masala chicken, and Crab Me ($21) with crab and chili sounds very interesting too. Will probably come back again to try these savory galettes.
The sweet crêpes uses wheat flour, which yields a thinner and more delicate texture.
Coco Chanel ($11) would be not too bad a choice if you like the combination of pear, chocolate, chantilly and almond, while French Kiss ($9) will suit the chocolate and banana lovers.
My takeaway is that Ô COMPTOIR deserves much brownie points for its efforts to stay relatable and appealing to both French and local audience, while straddling the fine line between authenticity and creativity. They have performed the balancing act brilliantly.
Overall a nice dining experience. Maybe I should bring my boss here next time.
Address: 79 Circular Road, Singapore 049433
Contact: +65 6534 7645
Opening Hours: Mon-Tue 11am-12pm / Wed-Fri 11am-1am / Sat 10am-1am / Sun 10am-10pm
Prices are stated in Singapore dollars and subject to 10% service charge & 7% GST. Information is correct at point of published date.
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