Restaurant Review: Suzette Bistro

>> Thursday, May 7, 2015

Ever since our early travels to France, I have been addicted to both sweet and savory crepes. There have been a couple places that have begun to serve conventional crepes but I have not been unable to find a place in town that served galettes, which is a crispier version of a crepe and made with buckwheat flour. They are normally served with savoury fillings and definitely more substantial. When I heard that the owners of Cassis were opening a restaurant in Mission that had both galettes and crepes on their menu, I immediately made a table reservation.

Edit: I recently did a brunch segment on CBC radio about Suzette. Check it out here!

Atmosphere: The redecorated space now exhibits a brightened up minimalistic dining area. The French speaking servers adds to the authenticity where you could imagine being transported away. Due to the small dining room, be sure to make reservations.

Price Range: Mid $10s - $20+

Food and Wine: I highly recommend the Galettes when dining here. I had the opportunity to try the Norvegienne and Forestiere galettes. The Norvegienne featured leeks cooked in a cream sauce with slices of smoked salmon and mixed field greens. I really enjoyed the creaminess of the leeks when combined with the salty salmon, especially with the crunch of the outer edges of the galette.

The Forestiere consisted of a medley of mushrooms sautéed with garlic and parsley, also topped with mixed field greens. I am a huge fan of mushrooms and believe this galette exemplifies what it means to highlight the lowly mushroom. The lightly dressed greens on top adds a freshness and elevates the texture of this dish. Perfect with a nice glass of rose.

My husband was craving a burger and decided on the Suzette Burger, which comes with comte cheese, sautéed mushrooms, butter lettuce all smothered over a homemade medium cooked alberta beef patty. At Suzette, they like to serve their burgers slightly under, so if you’re not a fan be sure to let them know you want the patty cooked through. I highly recommend trying it cooked as per the kitchen’s directions. There’s just something special about a burger that isn’t cooked all the way through. You really get to taste the juicy of the meat plus it packs a bigger flavour punch. Even though the menu seems to list quite a few ingredients, they never overwhelm the flavour of the patty and the burger itself isn’t overly heavy. The side of french fries (which I couldn’t stop stealing away) and veggies are just a bonus.

I was really impressed with the selections of sweet crepes, ranging from simple to decadent without ever going over the top, just like how it’s done in France. The Bretonne comes with a simple drizzle of caramel and salted butter. Who doesn’t love salted caramel? Hitting all the right notes, it was quickly devoured. The Normande was a bit more extravagant, with apples caramelized in calvados (a brandy from lower Normandy in France) and a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. The apples themselves were amazing. They were so tender and sweet. The chewy crepe was the perfect vessel for those apples and the ice cream provided a nice sweetness balance.

My Picks: Norvegienne Galette, Normande Crepe

Overall: A perfect brunch, lunch or dinner location. Suzette, definitely does a galette or crepe right. There are definitely other options such as pasta or different mains, which I definitely need to try. I’m just ecstatic over the fact that we now have a place where we can stop in and grab a crepe or a galette whenever we want.

Suzette Bistro
2210 4 Street SW
Calgary, AB
(403) 802-0036

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