Reviews for Torchon Creperie
2 months ago
Really disappointed with our lunch today, predominantly with the service. We had been to this restaurant and found it small and somewhat dirty, today was my birthday and we were settling in for a nice lunch. However, one of our dishes was different to the menu and I couldn't eat it. Instead of offering to replace it they said I had to order something else, as if I was going to spend more money with that attitude! Ironically they didn't come back to the table for 20minutes and I had lost my appetite by then, Would never go back.
3 months ago
Just no. It was a Wednesday evening, and only moderately busy, but the galette was dry, and the fish (tuna) too old to eat. I didn't take it back because the service when ordering had already been sharp and dismissive and I decided my evening had been ruined enough. Torchon French Creperie is just another sub-standard restaurant exploiting a great location. Don't waste your money or risk spoiling your occasion.
by Mira Bi
3 months ago
Strolling through the Elliott Stables is truly an epicurean's wonderland: take your pick from the cuisines of South America (Bonz Cajun Kitchen), Italy (Bruschetteria), Spain (El Faro) or Japan (Samurai Sushi), to name a few. Nestled amongst these is Torchon French Crêperie, a quaint little joint serving an assortment of traditional crêpes and galettes.
The six of us stopped here on a Tuesday afternoon at around 2pm thinking we could avoid the lunch hour craze, but the whole place was packed! Lesson learned: it's always peak lunch hours at the Elliott Stables compound! Seating in the Torchon part of the complex is limited and arranged mostly in tables for two, so the waiter took us to a table in the middle communal dining area. Despite being seated away from the Torchon section, service was still very attentive The waiter soon came back and, with his ever-so-dreamy French accent, talked us through the menu. While the savoury galettes and dessert crêpes are the main attractions here, Torchon also offers other French classics, including croque monsieur and boeuf bourguignon.
We all ordered the dessert crêpes, and I chose the classic combination of lemon and sugar ($5.50). The crepe was thin and lemony, but not too tart or sweet - my kind of crêpe! The general consensus among us was "oh my god, that was freaking yum" so needless to say, we left with our sweet cravings satisfied. My friend had the Nutella crêpe which, I must admit, I was slightly jealous of, so I will totally be back to try that, as well as their savoury concoctions.
All in all, we had a fantastic experience at Torchon. Complete with rustic décor, delicious crêpe and some very charming Frenchmen, Torchon offers a little bit of France right here in Auckland - très bien!
by Helena Chen
3 months ago
I’ve dined at Torchon French Creperie twice now; both times during brunch hours and ordering their crepes. Torchon offers both sweet and savoury crepe variations, so it’s perfect as a meal as well as breakfast/dessert. I also love that their waitresses are French; it makes the experience feel very authentic.
The first time I ate here (almost a year ago now) we ordered a sweet fresh fruit & berry crepe, and a savoury egg, cheese and sausage crepe. The sweet one was quite standard, and the berries definitely weren't fresh. However, it was during the autumn/winter season so I suppose fresh berries would be hard to come by. I loved how the savoury crepe came in a parcel style with the fillings inside. Both crepes tasted great, were reasonably large and definitely filling enough for breakfast/brunch.
The second experience I had here was just a few days ago on a Saturday. The weekend brunch menu actually had less options available than the regular brunch menu, which was a little annoying. I ended up ordering the caramelized apple crepe with cinnamon and maple syrup, and my boyfriend ordered the rhubarb and cream crepe. We also got a chai latte to share, which came out nice and quick. My apple crepe had a good amount of apples, and also quite a lot of very sweet maple syrup on it. I love sweet things so it was great for me, but if you don’t have much of a sweet tooth, it may be too much for you. The rhubarb crepe on the other hand was nice and tarty, and not too sweet; the cream complemented it very nicely.
Overall, I really enjoyed both my experiences at Torchon, and will definitely be returning again soon to try out some of their other crepe flavour; I've heard some good things about the Nutella & almond one!
4 months ago
Part of the excellent Elliott Stables Epicurean Village which offers all of the variety of food court dining while retaining an intimate restaurant feel. Torchon Creperie is one of my favourite places for breakfast. The gallette with traditional breakfast fare bacon, eggs, sausages is delicious on a buckwheat crepe. The standout part of this dish has to be the creamy mushrooms. I think it's big enough to share. The croque monsieur is rich and crispy this is no average ham & cheese toastie highly recommended. The cinnamon apple crepe is oozing with caramel and the perfect way to finish or even on it's own as a naughty afternoon snack with an apple cider cutely served in a ceramic cup. At times the service is more efficient than effusive but can be forgiven as part of its french charm.
by Nom Nom Panda
6 months ago
Elliott Stables is an amazing-looking upmarket food court, with wooden framing and cobblestones on the floor, but it is also relatively pricey, especially if you turn up for dinner.
As I was not particularly hungry and did not want to be forced into a full meal, I picked one of the few options available for under $10, a French onion soup at Torchon. This little French eatery has its own seating, but I ate in the central area as others were purchasing from other restaurants.
The soup arrived surprisingly quickly, hotter in some places than others. The cheese on top was unmelted, and the garlic bread it came with was cold. I don't mind when soup is reheated, but I do expect my bread to be freshly toasted, even if the meal did not cost much. I was also not impressed by the sad and yellowing side salad, though again for $1.50 I can't really complain.
The most annoying thing about eating at the Stables (through no fault of the restaurant) is that you can't really get 3G coverage. You are forced to use their pathetic WIFI for which you need to type "Accept" into a screen, and you only have 30 min of internet access afterwards.
The whole food court looks great, but a lot of work need to be done to make it actually attractive. More care with the food at Torchon would be a good start.
by Sweets And Brains
7 months ago
My friend and I were hungry for some crepes when we remembered Torchon was just nearby. We both ate here before and enjoyed their crepes. When we came in, there was French (hip hop?) music playing, pretty cool contrast to their vintage chic decor.
Our crepes came to us quite quickly after we’ve ordered. We got banana & chocolate sauce, fresh fruit & berry and nutella & almonds . The other two were fine but my favourite would have to be nutella and almonds. I love the combination with the texture of crepe.
They do have a lot more than sweets, they have galettes (savoury) and other French stuff like boeuf bourgugignon and other options I might try next time.
Overall, nice crepes, friendly service and atmosphere was relaxing (the free wifi is a plusss!)
More photos on: http://sweetsandbrains.com/2014/02/04/torchon/
by Jesse James .
7 months ago
I had the croque monsieur - it was delicious - the best toasted sandwich I have ever had. I would rather pay for theirs than make my own it was just amazing.
The man at the counter was very helpful too.
Not that this should matter but the staff are rather attractive.
by Arietta Yin
7 months ago
January 2014: 3.0 rating
Torchon does excellent authentic crepes just like those in France. Indeed, I haven't had sweet crepes as excellently done anywhere in New Zealand yet, although I still prefer the savoury crepes like the chicken and mushroom one personally. The chicken is succulent and the creamy texture of the mushrooms really go well with the light crepe wrapped around. I think the crepes are also gluten free because they're made from buckwheat, if I remember right, so that's pretty awesome too.
It's also really nice how you can sit wherever you want in the Elliots Stables area and your friends can go to any of the other eateries (because not everyone likes crepes) and at night the atmosphere is very cosy with lots of groups and families at tables and soft candlelight everywhere. The cleaners are also very quick at wiping down tables and packing away empty plates so someone else can sit at the table at once, which is excellent.
However, my second visit was less satisfactory service-wise. I didn't get any crepes that visit, just three appetisers because I wanted to try several items on the menu and it was something like $8 for three or something. I don't quite remember what the appetisers are called and it seems they've been removed from the current menu, but I'll do my best to describe them.
The first was potatoes au gratin, and in true French fashion the potato slices were absolutely drenched in butter and either a creamy sauce or more melted butter. It had a lovely creamy smooth texture, but way too much butter for my liking. If you love buttery goodness and fluffy potatoes, this is the dish for you. Otherwise, try to get another dish to counteract the rich butter. I was spooning through it when I luckily spotted a piece of glass, I'm not sure where from, before I swallowed it. I went back to the counter to ask them about it, because not only is glass dangerous but it also means the dish itself isn't very clean to eat because other things might have gotten into it, but the lady behind the counter just shrugged and didn't even bother with an apology, let alone getting me another one or compensating me for that bad experience. It's because of this I haven't been back since, I'm afraid. I did intend on contacting them through Facebook to complain, but was incredibly busy for the next fortnight or so and then felt it was too late to say anything then. Perhaps it was a one-off with a sullen waitress.
The second dish was some marinated mushrooms, in a very strange tasting oily dark liquid I didn't enjoy at all. I fished out all the mushrooms but otherwise didn't sample any more of the dish. The third dish was my favourite of the three because it wasn't too strongly flavoured, and it's like tomato and onions softly boiled in tomato sauce and then topped with some finely chopped broccoli that had been cooked in butter. The tomato chunks and onions were soft and had heaps of flavour and the tomatoes were slightly tart but mostly sweet as quality tomatoes should be.
To end, I haven't heard of anyone who's had a poor experience with Torchon service so hopefully my experience is a one-off, and their specialty crepes are definitely to die for which saved my rating from toppling too far. The appetisers are rather meh though, so save your money for the sweet and savoury crepes!
April 2014: 3.5 rating
I went for some sweet crepes on a revisit and they were very well presented and quite good. I think they're a bit sweeter now than they were last year, which I'm not too much a fan of, but if I did have to opt for a sweet crepe I really like the lemon and sugar one. It actually tastes like lemon and the icing sugar gives the crepe a nice texture. All the same, I do have to admit Torchon's best are the savoury crepes.
by Zetin Moza
10 months ago
This little cafe is a part of the Elliott Stables dining experience. I love the fact that most of their staff are actually French! They provide great service (with their French accent).
The menu provides both savoury and sweet crepes. I particularly love the Chicken and Mushroom crepe (Forestiere) for lunch or dinner, followed by the Nutella and Almonds crepe for that little sweet after taste. The portions are decent sized, but you can choose to share 3 crepes between two people (2 savoury and 1 sweet for example). Decently priced, this place is excellent for a quaint french experience.
by Segolene De Fontenay
Jul 27, 2013
Disappointing French culinary experience at Torchon. Not only the French staff didn't know what a 'ble noir/sarrasin' crepe was, but the 'galette' tasted like cardboard with hardly any buckwheat, interesting for a place that claims to be a French creperie. My creme brulee was also two days old looking more like tapioca...not to mention a very below average service. Being French myself (And from Brittany!) I thought they might have been interested in some 'constructive feedback'...but clearly they didn't want to know.
Jun 03, 2013
I ordered the chicken ratatouille crepe as it used to be my favourite and I had not had it in a while. The crepe was served in quick time and I realised why. They used to cook the chicken fresh, now they use cuts of chicken from a roll. The chicken was dry and tasteless and I was left very disappointed !
by Olivia Winston
Oct 03, 2012
I thoroughly enjoyed my ocean gallette. Very generous quantity of smoked salmon, with lashings of sour cream and sprinkled with chives.
I liked the fact that the gallette was not overly salty, and I was able to season it to my own preference with the table salt. With lots of lemon that I squeezed over the top, it was extremely tasty, and very filling.
Very friendly French wait staff, and a cosy setting.
It is very cool how there are about four different places that you can sit to eat at this place. It has its own double doors out on to the cobblestone street, as well as doors into the Elliot Stables indoor eating hall.
Thumbs up to this place.
by Meghan Wang
Oct 01, 2012
I was having lunch at Elliot Stables last week with some friends. I ordered the French onion soup, which tasted really awful and bitter, smelt really bad too. I took it back, and the waitress basically said there was nothing she could do. She tasted the soup out of the pot and said that is what it is meant to taste like, and if we didn't like it, it was too bad and not her problem. When we asked for a refund or some sort of remedy, she all but yelled at us saying there was nothing she could do, and it wasn't her problem, eventually telling us to leave.
Absolutely awful service, have never been treated this way in a restaurant before. The waitress was so rude, and we won't be going back.
by Yusoff Kamal
Sep 02, 2012
Went on Sunday afternoon when it's not busy.
Elliot Stables are one place that not to be missed...when you in the city with food for thought!
Great place to accomodate any numbers of crowd...that is when you can actually find a seat.
Torchon French Cafe make good lunch. I enjoy it and the quantity is generous.
Food: Great taste.
Service: Good and friendly staff.
Jun 24, 2012
I've mixed sentiments about this place. This used to be my all time favourite place to sit down, have an apple cider or a coffee with some crepes or my favourite creme brulee.
There was one time where I went there alone to have a crepe and a cup of coffee. Just so you know, I am a patient and smiley sort of customer. My coffee arrived. Good coffee...but with my coffee finished... no crepe in sight. After 40 minutes of waiting for my berry crepe to arrive... it seems that they didn't put my order down properly...
I politely enquired them about it. The waiter apologised profusely and I wasn't charged for my meal and berry crepe arrived hot and tasty. That redeemed them I suppose.
But last time I went there, it seems that they've changed the creme brulee recipe to a sub-standard one...
Good-bye to the delicious vanilla creme brulee with the right consistency, caramalized sugar and vanilla beans at the bottom... Sigh...at $8 something, I didn't really care about the price to be honest... despite being able to make it at home. Now... not so sure... I think the over-cooked the egg mixture with the milk because texture didn't seem right. Or maybe it was just my bad pot-luck.
Read a couple of reviews about the quality of crepes. Never been to France, so can't say much about genuine French cuisine. Not really an avid crepe taster, but have had crepes in roulottes in Tahiti, so not exactly a complete naive taster, so yes, I agree, the crepes would be much improved if they did them hotter and better textured. Tahitian friend didn't enjoy their nutella crepe, thought it was rubbish and ended up leaving half of it.
It's a bit of a shame because it's such a nice place. Other hot foods on menu would be better. I enjoy the relaxed atmosphere there. Staff there always very friendly and nice to me. Kind of fun with converse with them in French from time to time, they are always very willing and patient with my accent!
I think this place is nice to bring a friend for brunch if you want to break them gently into the world of French cuisine. Decor on wall is fascinating to look at and music is faultless.
For a fun novelty thing for newbies, try the crepe suzette. Blue flames and alcohol infused crepes can't go wrong unless you hate citrus fruits. Very sweet, warm and tangy.
I would recommend trying the hot foods other than crepes these days, because if I go back, that will be what I'm doing.
May 31, 2012
We visited this cafe a few weeks ago, after suddenly remembering we'd had a great experience there last year. This time it was dreadful. We were first of all surprised that it was empty, despite the fact that it was lunch time, midweek. We ordered coffee and apple crepes. After a long wait, the crepes arrived (still no coffee) and these were barely warm, thick and rubbery; the uncooked apple slices were almost invisable underneath a blanket of cinnamon powder. We ate only one forkful each and the taste confirmed the appearance (we have lived in France and know a good crepe from a failure). My husband went to the counter to complain and after a few minutes he returned and suggested we leave. I was amazed to learn neither he nor the waitress suggested that because the food was inedible there should be no charge. Our fault I guess, for not insisting. But Torchon, this is the result, you get a bad review and a promise from us that we will never bother you again. Was the $18 worth it?
by Lena Kodaira
Apr 17, 2012
I've been here twice now and each time has been absolutely fantastic! The first time I came was for a dinner with my classmates in my high-school French class. There were about 30 of us total and service was not compromised, they went out of their way to treat us with great service and French charm (one of the waiters particularly stole one of my friend's heart!).
I came back here yesterday to have the Latine galette, which is a vegetarian savoury crepe with a ratatouille and pesto filling and yes, it was just as delicious as it sounds! My two friends both had the banana, honey and almond crepes and they were practically licking their plates.
It was lunch hour when we went and the cafe was pretty full, it took a while for our menus to be brought to us but they nonetheless made up for it with friendly service. And who doesn't love being called "Mademoiselle" by a beautiful Gallic man every now and then ;)
by Toni Topham
Feb 09, 2012
Absolutely love this restaurant. Makes me feel I am back eating in Paris. The three cheese galette here is heaven, wonderful pate also.
Try to meet people for lunch or dinner here as much as possible, love the atmosphere - the cobbled path and decor is all part of the enjoyment.
Jul 14, 2011
love this place! and those bad reviews are really lame Torchon is a busy restaurant and it might take awhile to get your food and coffee but i guess you just need to learn to be patient! definitely on a Sunday morning!!! i recommend this lovely little creperie! you must go at all costs!
by Christina Bava
Jul 04, 2011
We took a group of 8 for Sunday breakfast. Coffees took more than half an hour to make and were cold. Two breakfasts were completely missed out and guests had to sit and watch everyone eating. Two other orders were incorrect. Galettes were like cardboard. Staff rudely argued when we paid to leave. Avoid this place at all costs!
Jan 15, 2011
I went for lunch there with a friend during the week. The Salad Nicoise was really delicious and good value for money - a good size and just right for lunch. And service was quick. Very friendly and pleasant staff. Will be going there with my husband to try the Beef Bourbignon tonight.
by Vic Par
Aug 13, 2010
Tried this place last week - nice warm haven on a rainy Auckland day. Have seen it & been meaning to go. Lovely french staff - very authentic. Authentic french menu (prepare for rich food!) Crepes were extremely tasty.
Jul 24, 2009
I looooveee Torchon. I take all my friends and family there! I love the food, atmosphere, being greeted with a bonjour mademoiselle and the price is affordable ranging from around $5 for like a lemon sugar crepe to $15 for the more fancier ones. I have tried most of the crepes on the menu and so far so good! I'm definitely going to keep going
Jun 22, 2009
Run by the French, despite that food very good. View of possibly the hardest working meter maid in town. Saw the guy ticket 4 vehicles while we were having crepes. Only there 20 minutes. Don't park outside.
Suggest you don't arrive at closing time otherwise you'll get a lot of woo woo woo & la la la. Nice people wish them best of luck with their venture.
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