The Crepe Café has locations in 10 countries including Australia, Brazil and UAE. Finally, the U.S.A. gets to enjoy this International Crepe concept with the first North American outlet in Tampa, Florida. We stumbled onto this new restaurant, which has only been open for a month, completely by accident on a recent trip to Tampa and I am glad we did.
While the other locations are called The Crepe Café, the new restaurant here in the States is called Flying Pan. It is however, the same idea based around a simple European “tortilla” known as a crepe. Crepes are just very thin pancakes made of flour, eggs and water. The best thing about crepes is that they can be dressed up sweet or savory. The most popular crepe dish is probably the famous Nutella Crepes and Flying Pan offers this also. However, we decided to venture a little bit out of the box.
I ordered The Tuscan Sun crepe. My crepe was stuffed with sundried tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, spinach leaves and artichokes. For an additional charge I added salmon. My crepe was HUGE and lightly drizzled with a balsamic glaze. It was delicious. For the price I would say it was more crepe than filling but there is nothing better than a dish that is sweet (the crepe) and savory (the veggies and salmon.) The balsamic glaze was just enough to add a little punch.
I also indulged in one of their loose teas which was served in a tea pot that held about 3 large servings and stayed very hot the entire meal. It felt very chic to drink my tea out of a glass cup.
Chad went with The Seaside Omelet which was also enormous and served with a side of toast. His dish was filled with salmon, spinach, Monterey Jack cheese and fresh herbs. He thought it was great and was very filling and cooked perfectly. He also ordered a Wild Berry Smoothie. It was a very sweet concoction with raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. He loved it.
My meal came with a choice of a side- either potato salad, a side salad or veggie chips. We were told that the veggie chips were “exotic”- but really- there were just a bag of Terra brand chips. While the label on the bag says “exotic” they were simply the same bagged chips you can buy at your local grocery store or Target. Nothing special. The way they were sold to us I thought we were getting some homemade crisp veggies. Oh well- I fell for the hype.
We loved the atmosphere, we loved the service, we loved the enthusiasm the staff had. The restaurant was clean and modern. The employees were obviously well trained and very knowledgeable about the brand. Our only complaint was the high prices (granted- I added salmon to my crepe and we did order a smoothie- the tea and chips were included in our meals)- we paid $26 for our food- which is higher than most of the other crepe restaurants I have been to. They also had a very small parking area. I would imagine parking would be a real hassle on a crowded busy day.
I hope they consider an Orlando location as Flying Pan is a nice alternative to a pancake house or a sandwich shop. Four out of five sprouts.