Looking for some “very thin pancakes”? Wheat or Buckwheat, sweet or savory, we’ve got the place.
This month’s Spotlight is on Le Pont Marie, a prim little crepe and galette shop in the Kami Furumachi area.
Le Pont Marie’s front window bears a hand-drawn map of some of Paris’ most immediately recognizable landmarks and monuments. Inside, the owner (whose business card reads “Pong,” pronounced “Pon-jee”) is busily cooking galettes behind the creperie’s narrow bar. The only seats in the little shop are at a counter looking out the front window over Kaji-koji Rd, and at a small table in the corner. A projector hanging from the ceiling throws old movie clips onto the wall as quirky music reminiscent of something out of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Amelie quietly fills the background.
When Pong brought us our cider and galettes, we were busy examining the Moulin Rouge and Arc de Triomphe, and inconsiderately asking the Frenchman accompanying us all sorts of questions about Paris, a city he’s never lived in.
At 1,290JPY + tax, the lunch set comes with a side salad, your choice of one savory galette, one crepe, and a drink. And although the set is a little on the pricy side, it’s also a welcome change from the usual fare.
After a few bites, our French companion was elated to inform us that the crepes and galettes were authentic, “just like back home.” And well they should be; Pong decided to open her shop after spending a few months living abroad with a French family that operated–you guessed it: a French creperie.
When asked about her recommendations, Pong was eager to tell us about an ice cream dish that combined vanilla ice cream and french butter with 100% pure Tochi (栃 – Japanese horse chestnut) honey taken from Mt. Asahi. The honey is produced in small amounts, and Pong’s is the only shop that handles it in Niigata city.
Finally, Le Pont Marie also offers a takeout menu for people just passing by.
So whether you’re stopping in for a treat or grabbing something on the run, swing by the Kami Furumachi area for a fresh dose of French culture.
Also, be sure to check out Le Pont Marie’s Facebook page for the latest in specials and more.
Mon – Fri Hours
Lunch: 11:30 – 14:30
Cafe & Diner: 14:30 – 20:00
Take Out: 11:30 – 20:00
Sat & Sun Hours
11:30 – 17:00
(Le Pont Marie also closes irregularly in order to operate stalls at special events)
Map (zoom out for English)