We’ve been slowly working our way around Newcastle latest foodie focus, in Eldon Square. Grey’s Quarter is full of great options to snack and munch on with a variety of budgets.
Today is Crêpe Affaire’s turn. To celebrate their 1 year anniversary in the Grey’s Quarter, they approached several bloggers to review their Crêpes. We couldn’t say no!
Crêpe Affaire, Grey’s Quarter, Newcastle.
Crêpe Affaire is located on the lower level of Grey’s Quarter in Eldon Square. Directly underneath the escalators. When I say directly I mean we sat directly beneath them. There were other seats available within the unit too, but I loved this industrial style feel of metal, yellow and nature.
We were joined by an extra family member tonight too. Pheobe, the cheerleading wannabe Eaglette. Luckily she doesn’t eat much.
The first decision of the night sweet or Savoury? At first, I very thought of it as a troubled choice, but Catherine had assumed sweet was the route. It was dinner time, surely that meant savoury. Savoury in a Crêpe? Aren’t Crêpes sweet? It was an issue I’d never considered to be an issue. I turned around and recognised the person on the next table so start to ask what they were having. They’d gone sweet and queried the savoury. It’s clearly a thing that is an unspoken assumption.
The menu offers a selection of sweet and savoury Crêpes along with waffles, pastries and drinks. The older Hoopers neeeeed coffee, so it was a 5 pm given that we’d try out their coffee. The little Hoopsters are unpredictable. Imogen chose diet coke. Abigail went for a Milkshake, which was served in a mason jar style glass with a very creamy top. It looked delicious, but the photo showed out milkshake monster at her worst! We managed to sneak a quick taste and it was very rich and creamy.
The coffee was spot on. It really hit the spot and although I nurse a cup for about half an hour. It was a perfect cup, nice and strong, not too much milk, plenty of flavour without tasting scorched.
We’d put it off for long enough sweet or savoury?
Sweet or Savoury?
Imogen being the pickiest eater this week, felt a plain Crêpe with sugar on was the only way to eat a Crêpe. Abigail being swayed by the branding of Nutella decided this was the only option. Catherine dipped into the savoury world with a ham and cheese Crêpe. I’m a spicy fan, so jumped fully onto a Mexican Chicken Crêpe.
While we waited for the Crêpes to arrive, it gave me the chance to have a wander around. The Industrial metal, mixed with natural features and highlights of yellow are throughout the interior.
I love that the bright yellow works so well as a feature colour.
Ordering at Crêpe Affaire is via a pay at the till then your order is brought to your table. As everything is cooked to order, you can sit down and relax, trying to guess if your meal is the next one being carried out.
Catherine’s Ham and Cheese Crêpe arrived with a sprinkling of chives. The Wiltshire cheese oozed out with the ham as she cut into it. The sweetness of the Crêpe distracted her from the sweetness of the cheese and ham.
My Mexican Chicken arrived and looked very similar, but with a piece of flat leaf parsley.
The Mexican Chicken Crêpe consisted of fresh tomato, red onion, chicken, grains, pulses, quinoa and fresh red chilli. As a combination, it was an interesting mouthful. The Chicken, salsa and chilli were lovely, juicy and hot. The kick from the chilli was exactly what I wanted. The grains were an interesting texture and something that I didn’t mind, but put Catherine off (Yes we share food!).
Imogen’s “Base Crêpe” arrived with a dusting of icing sugar. Being the fussiest eater this week, I really didn’t know where she would go with this. She spotted the sugar shaker on the table and added more sugar. It was almost like she thought it was shrove Tuesday all over again.
Excuse Abigail’s expression, but the Nuttella monster was about to be released. Cream, Chocolate and an icing sugar dusting couldn’t hold her back.
Overall we had a lovely meal out. The Staff were very attentive and it was great to try out another venue in the Greys Quarter. The sweet Crêpes went down better with most of the family, which meant that I could devour the savoury options. It would appear to be that savoury Crêpes suffer from the marmite issue!
Although the Hoopsters chose the obvious choices, other amazing sweet options were available. Banana, Rum and Raisin, Salted Caramel Popcorn or Apple Crumble to name a few. I can see this place being a nice start to the day or lunchtime as the meals were light. Although I didn’t eat anything else that night.
Crêpe Affaire is a chain with 15 branches in the UK and others across the world.
For more info on what is available click here for their menu.