I met Guilhem and Chloe a few years ago when they were selling French mustard and other imported goods. This was at the local markets when I used to sell my t-shirts. They have since opened up L'epicerie on The Strand, and after a lot of hard work, I'm happy to write that they are a thriving and iconic local cafe.
#RonnaEats holla to: L'epicerie, 73 The Strand, Whakatane
They have stayed true to their French roots and offer Whakatane a taste of home - from their in-house, freshly baked breads, to the selection of imported cheese, to the crepes and galettes on their menu. Of course no cafe is complete without coffee, and most days the cafe is packed with locals and tourists.
Morgan had a galette there yesterday, he had the Eggs Benedict and I ordered a French Toast crepe. The Benedict style had two eggs, bacon, spinach and hollandaise sauce and served on buckwheat galette. My French toast came with bananas, bacon, maple syrup and whipped cream. Ooooh child, I just couldn't believe how happy my taste buds were that morning! I love how light the crepes were, which left me satisfied, without that bloated feeling you usually get from traditional French Toasts.
They have expanded the cafe over the years to keep up with the demand for seating. If the cafe is packed, you can get takeaway and walk across the road and enjoy the view of the riverside. I also love buying cheese platters from there, for those times where you just want to feed your face with comfort food, well gourmet comfort food. Do try the goats cheese with honey, walnuts and fresh bread, then Netflix and chill.
#RonnaEats rates this: 4.5/5
- The cafe is licensed, and they serve a selection of boutique beers and wine
- Get takeaway and enjoy the riverside
- Feel like a gourmet picnic? Order ahead and beat the crowds
- Fresh bread baked in-house, order ahead so you don't miss out