For anyone who’s been to Paris or even Europe in general, a reverence exists for artisan crêpes. “Is it a pancake or a tortilla?” American tourists ask, trying to compare the deliciously thin dough to past experiences.
With a nostalgia for Paris and a need for delicious food, Elizabeth Kerin and I set out for lunch in Oak Cliff’s new Sylvan Thirty development which features local and organic retailers as well as apartment space.
After conveniently parking right outside the retail complex, Elizabeth and I entered the tiny Whisk Crêpes Café where the blonde, curly-haired owner Julien Eelsen greeted us. According to the Sylvan Thirty website, Eelsen hails from Paris and attempts to bring a piece of home to Dallas with his restaurant.
The sleek interior of the café transported us to modern Paris. Chalkboards tell the special of the day; succulents adorn the tables; and light fixtures resemble the inspiration for the restaurant’s name: whisks.
The creperie’s menu allows customers to either build their own crêpe with a buckwheat or white wheat flour crêpe as the base, which they can then top with eggs, bacon, meats, cheese or a variety of vegetables.
On the advice of Eelsen, Elizabeth and I picked from the specialty crêpes, plates that range between $9-$12.
Elizabeth chose the prosciutto and cantaloupe crêpe topped with parmigiano, arugula, hazelnuts, honey and balsamic with the buckwheat batter. I went with the goat cheese crêpe topped with honey, arugula and walnuts on the white wheat flour crêpe.
Both savory crêpes included sweet elements complementing the bitter flavors for full, delectable bites. The prosciutto and cantaloupe gave the crêpe a very fresh taste, while the goat cheese crêpe incorporated creaminess with crunch.
Each table included a bottle of water, but the menu also includes various soft drinks or espresso drinks. I ordered a cappuccino, which they made with an automated espresso machine. The machine, though it lacks the touch of a barista, still provides a caffeine fix.
Dessert presented a difficult decision, as each sweet crêpe ($7-$9) sounded more decadent than the last. Finally, we chose the lemon curd and strawberries with whipped cream, fresh mint and a cookie.
Elizabeth ingeniously crumbled the cookie overtop the whole ensemble. The mint flavors along with the tartness of the lemon curd and the sweetness of the strawberries presented a delicious and novel combination of flavors.
Eelsen’s friendliness, the crêpes’ genuine deliciousness and the restaurant’s overall leisurely atmosphere create a Parisian oasis everyone should visit.
Whisk Crepes Café
1888 Sylvan Avenue, F120
Dallas, Texas, 75208
Tuesday – Friday: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.