When I was growing up, one of my favourite meals was chicken and mushroom crepes. My mum would make it on occasion; it was a fiddly dish that took ages because she had to make the crepes first, then the filling, assemble the whole thing, and bake it in the oven.
I can just see her now in our fan-less kitchen in Sri Lanka, the back door always wide open to let in the slightest breeze, making my favourite crepes for dinner.
Which no doubt explains my fondness for crepes. And why I was delighted to hear about the opening of Suzette.
Suzette is a French crêperie and café that opened in early 2017 in downtown Vientiane. it is owned and operated by a French chef, Valerian, who previously managed the food service at the French embassy and then the Ansara Hotel. That kind of experience with both preparing and serving food in Laos can only make Suzette, Valerian's first solo venture, that much stronger.
I love the clean simplicity of the cafe inside, with its white-washed walls, polished wooden table tops and the exposed beams of the ceiling. Bunches of dried wildflowers sit in jam jars and soft lit lamps, together with the glass shopfront spreads a load of natural light into the long room.
We order a selection of crepes - a simple crepe with lemon and sugar, waffles with icing sugar and a more substantial croque monsieur. The food is quick to arrive and tasty, delivered by a very charming and smiley waiter.
The chic grey and white menus show a range of sweet and savoury crepes, waffles and galettes, as well as a collection of croque monsieur sandwiches. The portions are not overly large but filling nonetheless.
We also order coffee, tea (organic, made with tea leaves, not bags), fresh orange juice, and (giving it a go), babycinos. This last order causes some confusion but it's soon sorted (hint: might want to add that to the menu).
Suzette also sells homemade biscuits and granola for takeaway. So, if you like your meals with a side of takeaway, this is the spot for you.
Suzette is open all day from 8am-9pm, and recently extended its hours for Friday evening aperitifs. It is downtown between Jazzy Brick and Coco & Co, just down from Joma.