Earlier this week I found myself walking onto a smelly, construction-filled side street thinking it was an odd place for a restaurant. Thankfully, Galette 88 is well advertised because if not, I would’ve thought I got the address wrong.
The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version:
A little pricier than what I like to spend for a work lunch, but worth every penny. Will definitely go back soon!
Mon – Fri 11 am – 2:30 pm
The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:
The picture below makes the street look much cleaner than it was. I’ll blame it on a bad day, but the sidewalk was gross, it didn’t smell pleasant, there was construction going on, and the building across the way looked pretty abandoned. That impression, though, completely fades as soon as you walk into Galette 88. Light wooden tables are strategically placed and there are two sets of tree trunks/branches with lights around them, which make the place feel a little warmer. The bar where I chose to eat my lunch, has 5 stools and faces the street (the glass has a fogged decal so you can really only see whatever is at eye level). The space feels large because of the high ceilings and open floor plan. The kitchen is at the back, while the counter to order is to the right of the entrance. Their menu is on a butcher paper that hangs from its roll on the wall. They also have specials, which are displayed to the right of the cashier (I didn’t notice them until I sat down).
The lady at the register (can you even call it that now that it’s only an iPad?) was very nice and said that their most popular galette is the chicken one and her favorite is the brie hugger. I ordered the brie hugger and it came out to $13.59, not including tip. Once you pay, you are handed a number and they bring your order to you (they also bus your plate at the end). There is also a water station that is self serve.
What I ate:
- Brie hugger galette($11 + $1 for soft egg)
I got my meal within ten minutes and it definitely looked tasty. I knew what to expect because I had visited their website beforehand, but essentially Galette 88 is a modern creperie serving traditional buckwheat galettes and sweet crepes (as stated on their website). Whatever negative notion you have of savory crepes, throw it out the window. Trust me, do yourself a favor and indulge!
Before I get into the actual galette review, I will say that it wasn’t until I started writing this post that I realized my brie-hugger was definitely supposed to have chicken. My mind was kind of preoccupied when I was ordering, but I don’t remember reading that it had chicken (so I wasn’t expecting it) and for some reason it wasn’t given to me. I guess that gives me a reason to go back again (not that I need one). I can only imagine the chicken making this even better! The brie-hugger that I had, did have all the other ingredients: brie, asiago, mozzarella, roasted red onions, basil pesto and soft-cooked egg (which is an additional $1). Each galette comes with a small salad of mixed greens on top. I read on their website that to-go orders no longer come with a salad, unless specifically requested. I would say that both the salad and egg are essential to making this truly orgasmic. The egg adds a great taste and the fact that its soft cooked means the yolk blends with all the flavors and is nice and “juicy”. The salad makes it feel a little fresher, since this galette in particular has a lot of cheese, it cuts the salty taste and really helps bring the dish together. The cheeses tasted so good together, the onion added texture, and the basil pesto really topped everything off. If there was something I had to critique, I would say that the pesto was borderline salty (but really, thatâs only if you twisted my arm to say something negative).
For those worried that a savory crepe doesn’t fill you up, let me tell you, it was hard to finish. I only did because it was so tasty, and imagine if it actually had chicken, it would’ve been that much more filling.
I’m so glad I found Galette 88, I love that it is different from your average lunch meal and definitely delicious! I hope you enjoy!
Come back tomorrow for an L.A. breakfast spot that makes you want to get up early!