Aux Amis du Monde: By Farrah Praisal
A French creperie that’s magnifique
Crepe: “A very thin `pancake` of French
origin” so says the dictionary. I first enjoyed crepes when
I was a child in the form of crepes Suzette and the crepe
and I have had a love affair ever since. It was later in
life that I discovered the savory crepe and it has only
enhanced the affair. I love the delicate texture and the way
the paper thin crepes just melt in your mouth. If you too
are a lover of crepes than you must pay a visit to Aux Amis
Du Monde which translates to “Friends of the World”.
The creperie/café is located on Ratchamanka Soi 2 just off
Moon Muang in the Thapae Gate area of town inside the moat
and 3 doors down from the Laughing Leprechaun. Even though
that area of Moon Muang can be a bit noisy and is usually
awash with tourists, the eatery is just far enough down the
Soi to be surprisingly peaceful and quiet as I enjoyed a
very relaxing meal with friends. The interior of Aux Amis Du
Monde is simple and pleasant — an open kitchen along one
side opts for utility over glamour (a big soda refrigerator
and a counter of condiments are plainly visible). The former
sewing machine cum cafe tables and wooden benches are lent
warmth by the simplistic country feel of the venue though
the benches can be a bit hard on the derriere. There are
just four tables inside and another four outside. Antonio,
the affable proprietor, is very pleasant and welcomed us
like old friends.
Aux Amis Du Monde has an extensive menu printed in both
English and French. The selection is vast and fantastic! You
will be spoilt for choice...I want to work my way through
the menu so I plan many a return visit for more tasting
sensations. It seems like whatever filling you fancy is sure
to be on hand as well as many you never would have imagined.
In addition to the many selections for the carnivore,
vegetarians have a whole bevy of sophisticated choices too!
All of the savory crepes — all those big, dark brown,
crisp-around-the-edges, thin, tangy buckwheat pancakes – are
very reasonably priced, and that includes a little green
house salad so the whole thing adds up to a meal — very
simple but very satisfying.
If you read about the buckwheat crepes of Brittany, there
are lots of touted health benefits; there’s potassium,
calcium, magnesium, protein, phosphorus and other goodies,
but all that information fades into the background when you
dig into a folded pancake cradling a plush filling of
chicken, herbs and cream sauce or a riskier culinary anomaly
like “Bergere” with its satisfying assemblage of goat
cheese, air dried beef and potatoes.
The restaurant offers several set menus also. These include
your choice of four savory crepes, your choice of four sweet
crepes, a side salad, a glass of wine or cider and a cup of
coffee or tea. Priced at a very fair 270 to 300 baht, these
are a bargain. Also featured is a variety of crepes with
alcohol as well as some pasta dishes.
No matter what save room for dessert. Heck, you’ve got lots
left in your wallet, so throw caution to the wind with a
mammoth share-able buttery crepe enfolding warm
chocolate-and sliced almonds. Our other favorite was the
chestnut cream filled crepe.
You will find some interesting drinks to accompany your
crepes here also. Aux Amis Du Monde carries the rare and
delicious Beer Lao at 70 baht per bottle and the famous
Belgian beer Leffe at 150 baht. We enjoyed a kir Royale at
80 baht before our meal and the red house wine was deemed
enjoyable by my colleagues. They also carry plenty of fresh
fruit juices and milk shakes.
To sum it all up I would say: Magnifique! The crepes were
excellent and created right before your eyes by the
talented, skilful employees! One can choose from an exciting
range of both savory and sweet crepes and enjoy them in a
relaxed, informal atmosphere with a friendly and welcoming
If I must find a negative I would have to say that the area
in general doesn’t have great parking but there seems to be
plenty on the opposite side of the moat and the walk back to
your vehicle will more than welcome after a filling meal.
Aux Amis Du Monde is open 11am to 12 midnight daily and they
do takeaway. Call 08-57091065 for more information.
Definitely worth a visit!
Vietnamese Asparagus and Crabmeat soup
Somewhat different from the Thai variety, this soup however does have the
spiciness expected. You can add or subtract more chilli if required, but the
recipe will produce a dish that the expat palate can handle, as the chilli is
used more as a garnish.
Boil the stock in a deep pot and add fish sauce and
white pepper. Cut asparagus into 6 cm lengths and add to the stock, along with
Turn down the heat and simmer for two minutes, then whisk the egg whites and
stir into the soup, forming white threads in the soup and cook gently for
another minute. Place in serving bowl and garnish with the spring onions and
Ingredients Serves 4
White pepper ¼
Canned asparagus 9 spears
Spring onions chopped 2
Fresh red and green chillichopped