(I started writing this review back in August, 2014, when I visited the restaurant).
It’s hard to believe that this cute, little cafe is located in a strip mall near office parks in Fremont. You definitely forget about that once you are inside, relaxing in the air conditioning on your stylish banquette. I went there with my daughter after a visit to Kaiser, across the street, and had a wonderful time.
While Petit Cafe serves sandwiches, the focus of their menu is on crepes and they have a wider variety of them than I have seen anywhere else. Mika and I decided to split both a savory and a dessert one, a combination I’d suggest for anyone dining with a partner. The only problem is that we got the dessert crepe before the savory one – and we had to wait for a long time for both. Don’t come here if you’re already starving.
We had the mozarella, mushroom and avocado crepe, which comes with a side (we chose pasta) and drizzled pesto sauce. It was excellent. I had been doubtful about whether mushrooms and avocado would work together, but they did wonderfully – though it was the magnificent pesto sauce which really brought them together. Mika loved it as well.
We had the La La Lo Lo crepe for dessert. These are actually several mini-crepes, stack together and filled with strawberries, bananas and chocolate sauce, and served with a side of vanilla ice cream. It was also divine. The chocolate was real chocolate, not nutella (which, in the US, is mostly palm oil) and the flavors combined beautifully.
Most crepes, both sweet and savory, are $8.
We also split a strawberry blitz smoothy ($4.50, I believe), which we both liked.
Service was good, though as I mentioned, slow, though I won’t fault the kitchen for not making the crepes in advance and then reheating them. In all, I’m looking forward to going bakc to Kaiser just to have an excuse to go back.
Frodo Joe’s Petit Cafe
39286 Paseo Padre Pkwy (b/t Capitol Ave & Walnut Ave)
T-Sa 9 AM – 9 PM
Su-M 9 AM – 4 PM