I have heard so many wonderful reviews of Bar Breton through other blogs, celiac meet-ups and plain reviews through Google. This lovely little French restaurant on Fifth Avenue in the heart of Chelsea, NYC was a place I had wanted to try for months! Their mouth watering menu alone had me salivating with thoughts of amazing gallettes (crepes) both in dessert form and dinner form with ingredients such as ham and goat cheese to Nutella and chocolate mousse wrapped by a buckwheat pancake. Their menu both interesting and diverse, I thought would draw in a crowd both gluten-free friendly and gluten friendly.
Forest Ham and Egg Buckwheat Gallette
Nutella Buckwheat Gallette
I have to say that I was quite disappointed with the taste, but blown away by the presentation. How could these gorgeous meals prepared so beautifully taste so tasteless??! I was shocked. I even brought a date to this restaurants as I was sure Bar Breton would convert him into my gluten-free world. My date was not happy as he felt that the gallettes tasted like a bran bagel (ouch!) and the Pea Soup he felt did not taste remotely like peas. A man who loves food and gluten-I learned Bar Breton was not the way to go. I like converting friends, co-workers and dates to my new found lifestyle. I love when people who are not gluten-free realize just how amazing going gluten-free can actually be, however this restaurant was not life changing or Gluten-Free converting worthy.
Pea Soup with Crushed Chilled Tomato and Juice Drizzle
Grilled Mahi Mahi
I have to say as the days progressed after eating at Bar Breton, I disliked the food even more. I would not go there again, and I love gluten-free food. Now Pamela's GF Crepes on the other hand are fantastic, and those are a mix that you can make in your own home.
I am just so surprised that so many people love it there, and I am shocked to have not felt the same way. I am gluten-free and have been for a long time, and I was very disappointed. My date, now learning about gluten-free foods and baked goods has tried many other products and this restaurant was at the bottom of his list as well as mine!
I felt that the crepes were too thick. When I think of crepes I think of paper thin pancakes wrapped with rich foods, and that is something that Bar Breton did not accomplish. However, the insides of their crepes were oozing with goodie goodness but its wrapper left little to desire. I would even go to the length of saying that I would only eat there as a last resort.
I would love to hear everyone else's feedback on this post, as there are so many gluten-freebee's out there loving this restaurant...So what do you think?