Krepesz in Kensington

22 Aug

The hubby and I planned a little jaunt into Kensington Market this weekend, one of my favourite places in the city. Not only is it prime people-watching space, but you can find anything your little heart desires there. I happened to mention to my folks that we were headed down there and they recommended a little crepe place – a “palacscinta” cafe – that they’d tried and enjoyed. It seemed likely we’d want to pop in somewhere for a snack and, perhaps, a pint, so I took it under advisement.

After wandering around the crowded, slightly insane but somehow organized market for a while, we decided it was time for a wee nibble and found Krepesz European Palascinta Cafe on Augusta. It had an inviting patio with people happily eating and chatting away, so we plopped ourselves down at a table and had a look at the menu. Right off the bat, we knew a decision would be tough. The crepe menu is split into two categories: savoury & sweet. Since we were considering pints, we thought savoury would be the best route though the banana and Nutella crepe called to me. Loudly. Additionally, Krepesz features a number of other Hungarian specialties that looked like comfort food specials. On a winter day, their house soup would be perfect for getting rid of the chill in your bones.

Our server came out shortly thereafter and took our order: a pitcher of Mill St. Organic and the savoury chicken & feta crepe.  Offhandedly,  J mentioned that we’d be splitting the dish. Our waitress nodded, thanked us, and went inside. A few minutes she returned with our pitcher and, bless her heart, frosty cold glasses. In a perfect world, all pint glasses would arrive that cold. It’s  a little thing, but details are important. J poured our drinks and we chatted idly while watching all the fellow market-goers. My favourite game, Spot the Tourist, is almost too easy here.

Ten minutes later, our waitress was back with our crepe…that she’d halved and placed on two plates since we’d be sharing. (Like I said, details.)  The ground chicken wasn’t dried out and the spinach was just barely cooked without wilting away to nothing. The salty bite from the feta & mozzarella was great and it did not go unnoticed that, even split in two, the portions were huge.  Massive. For under $8, you cannot go wrong with this dish.

This place is indicative of the best places in Kensington: unassuming with great, fresh food cooked with care and served by people who effortlessly make your time there as pleasurable as can be.

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