You don't need Shrove Tuesday as an excuse to wolf down a crêpe in Paris, especially if you're planning on indulging in authentic Breton galettes eaten in probably the best crêperie ever, Breizh Café, winner of Le Fooding's "Fooding d'Honneur" award for 2010. With three branches worldwide, - one in the Breton motherland at Cancale, one in Tokyo and the newest chalet-like outpost in the Marais - Breizh has a reputation as the place to get your pancake on. The extensive menu features classics and house specials in both savoury galette form (made with buckwheat) and ordinary sweet form, all washed down with the obligatory cider. You can sample the variations on the complète theme (egg, ham, cheese), go for a daily special such as scallops, leeks and cream (depending on the season of course) or do a faux-lighter-option with goats' cheese and salad. You can also knock back cancale oysters when in season. Just make sure you leave room for pudding - we could only muster crepes with caramel au beurre salé on our visit but the mini banana, caramel and vanilla ice cream extravaganza sure was tempting.
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