A new restaurant focused on Breton crêpes and pours of cider is opening soon in downtown's Vancouver House development.
Called Ça Marche Crêperie, the new venture comes from esteemed local restaurateur Maxime Bettili, owner of Kitsilano's enduring French bistro Au Comptoir.
Ça Marche will offer traditional crêpes inspired by those from France's Brittany region, as well as local cider, in what the restaurant describes as "a contemporary atmosphere."
What distinguishes Brittany crêpes from any ol' crêpes? The folks at Brittany Tourism - who, are, obviously big crêpe enthusiasts - explain as follows: "In Lower Brittany crêpes are made with either wheat flour or buckwheat (sometimes still called sarrasin), but in Upper Brittany the buckwheat pancake is savoury and called a galette. After that it all depends on the thickness of the batter, the mixing of the flour, the cook’s know-how and some very well-kept secrets."
There are a number of forms and flavours for the crêpes, which likely will be reflected on Ça Marche's menu.
The project has been several months in the works, with rumblings about the restaurant going back to December 2020. Details about the restaurant on social media have been scant, and no website is linked, however, Ça Marche Crêperie did indicate about a month ago on Facebook that the restaurant would be opening this fall.
Vancouver House is already home to some exciting restaurants, including a branch of Autostrada Osteria and the just-opened Linh Café. One of the original restaurants announced for the development is celebrity chef David Chang's Momofuku Noodle Bar, which has been stalled due to the pandemic.
For now, keep your eye on the space at 1471 Continental St in Vancouver, and follow @camarche_creperie on Instagram for more updates.