It may not be a hidden gem to Almonte residents, but it’s certainly a treasure. Located inside the Heritage Court Mall on Mill Street in Almonte is a restaurant that proves once and for all crepes aren’t just for brunch or dessert.
Mill Street Crepe Company has been open for six years and draws a steady crowd of local regulars and visitors (from far and near) for its lunch/brunch hours, but it’s also open for dinner on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays starting at 5 p.m. It’s been a regular haunt of my partner for some time, so when I mentioned I wanted to drop in for a dinner taste, there wasn’t any argument in the house.
Like any first-timer to a restaurant, I always look to the specials board for some ideas and I certainly wasn’t disappointed with my choice. It was a generously-sized crepe stuffed with chorizo sausage and peaches, accompanied by the chef’s take on Italian wedding soup. My partner in this culinary crime had the crispy shrimp crepe and Caesar salad combo. The slight heat of the chorizo was perfectly balanced by the sweetness of the peach slices and the sauce/oil mix didn’t overpower this heavenly blend but simply added just the right touch of moistness. The crispy shrimp version was loaded with caramelized onion, spinach and boursin cheese and according my partner was the next best thing to something I can’t put in family-oriented print.
All of the ingredients in Mill Street Crepe Company’s dishes are locally sourced and their batters and sauces are hand-made on site. They offer a gluten-free version of their crepes and unlike a lot of gluten-free products, there’s no loss of taste or texture.
This restaurant and the mall it’s located in are owned by Gord Pike who had the vision of creating a European bistro/diner nestled among some of the best artisan and specialty shops in the valley. A few shop owners have complained about some personal weight gain after Mill Street Crepe opened (an occupational hazard for sure).
They are licensed for alcohol service and carry a small but well-selected number of wines and craft beers, and the friendly staff is eager to provide suggestions to compliment the variety of dishes served.
As you might suspect from a crepe restaurant, they have a mouth-watering array of dessert crepes and house-made ice creams. We shared a raspberry white chocolate creation that was delightful. Our total with drinks and tip came to a reasonable $65.
Their lunch crepe plates (served with either salad or soup) range from $16-$18 and the dinner offerings run from $19-$20. Dessert crepes are a great excuse to cave to temptation and cost from $7-$10.
They are open from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch Mondays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the weekends. Dinner times are from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
As their hand-painted window sign says, they offer a bit of France in Almonte and you’ll be back for more once you try them.
This article was first published in the September issue of Hometown News. For more articles from our September issue, pick up a print copy at a local retailer or read our digital version.