Millie makes smoked salmon crepes crispier than the French.
Arrivederci, ramen. And you, too, taco. Your days as downtown's food fads du jour are over.
Or they are if Carson Leung and Christinn Hua have any say. They've just launched Millie Creperie (161 Baldwin, at Spadina, 416-977-1922, milliecreperie.com, @milliecreperie, Rating: NNNN) in Kensington Market, a way-cute take-away dedicated to the Tokyo street food known as the Harajuku crepe.
"I didn't like crepes until I had one in Japan," says Hua. "I always found French crepes soggy and boring."
Millie's crepes are anything but. Shaped like ice cream cones and crispier than expected, they come both savoury and sweet. Of the former, we narrowly prefer the smoked salmon, cream cheese and pickled red onion combo ($7.95) with an extra shot of spicy mayo over the so-called Rabbit Food mix of spinach, ripe tomato and shredded cheddar ($4.95).
Devotees of Dairy Queen will appreciate Millie's Japanese Special Crepe, with house-made green tea gelato, sliced strawberries and whipped cream, and her playful spin on a banana split (both $6.75). You can also cut the crepe and order them as parfaits layered with crunchy cornflakes and finished with chocolate Pocky antennae ($5.95).
All terrific stuff, but who's Millie?
"We named the café after the classic mille feuille crepe," says Hua. "But so many people keep asking me if I'm Millie, I'm thinking of changing my name!"