New spots keep cropping up in my neighborhood, between Batignolles and Villiers in the 17th arrondissement of Paris. A recent addition is Brutus, the first cider bar in Paris, which also specializes in the classic French pancake, the crêpe. Named for king Brutus, the 1st king of the Bretons, where the crêpe originated, this small spot on the corner of Rue des Dames and Rue de Cheroy looks nothing like the rustic crêperies we’ve come to know. The decor is bright yet warm with marmoreal walls and the food is tasty.
I won’t go and say it’s the best crêpe in Paris or anything, but it’s good. There’s a lunch formula for a crêpe (either classic or moroccan chicken) with a dessert crêpe and a cider for 14 euro, a veritable steal for Paris standards. Just make sure to get there on the early side of lunch or expect a wait as they get quite backed up in the kitchen. Overall, it’s been a welcome addition to the neighborhood.