After a long hiatus, I’ve now had three crêpes in the past month. The latest was this afternoon at The Essential Bakery Café. The name is familiar to local shoppers, as Essential’s products are in most supermarket’s fresh bread section. Last year, Essential opened a Café/Chocolatier on Madison and 28th (right across the street from Café Flora). Lauren and I were in the neighborhood, and Gio gave the Café positive reviews, so we stopped in for a snack 🙂
Essential Bakery Café is a warm, welcoming place with lots of windows to take advantage of sunny days like today. In the display case are all sorts of tempting chocolates and pastries. They also serve soups, sandwiches, and crêpes. We had a spinach, mushroom and bechemel crêpe. These are large fork-and-knife crépes, quite different from something at say Crêpes A-Go-Go. The shell was very soft, oozing with bechemel, and it was a flavorful package topped with black pepper and scallions. It was quite tasty, but I recommend sharing one as it’s big and intense.
It was difficult to decide which of the sweets to choose from, but we opted for two chocolates: an Earl Grey Truffle in white chocolate and a Ginger Truffle in dark chocolate. Very unique chocolates, much better than your run-of-the-mill truffle from Dilettante’s for example. The tea and ginger flavors weren’t overpowering, they simply added a little bite and complexity to the delectable chocolates they were mixed with.
Overall Essential Bakery Café was a charming place with quality food and snacks. I’ll be back to try the croissants and the chocolate pastries next!
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Essential Bakery Café and Chocolatier
2719 East Madison Street
Seattle, WA 98112