I finally had the chance to go to Le Bretagne with my friend Solene. I was so excited to try this place with her because of course it is very rare for me to actually be going out in Japan of all places with a French girl to an authentic French restaurant. I would not have even expected to know where the restaurant was if not for her because it is very well hidden between one of the small side streets along Kagurazaka. She can vouch for its authenticity as she was telling me the whole time that this is the real french food that you can only find around her province in Bretagne (ブルターニュ). They also have other branches around Tokyo but she also tells me that this is probably her favorite branch because of the ambiance of the place. (They have many branches of the place around France and soon in New york too check out their website)
Here is the view from the outside. It is open area and very cozy just like around France as Solene tells me.
You will see many paintings and postcards inside. It was very crowded today but you will feel right at home as soon as you walk in.
The main thing that they serve here are Galettes and she tells me that it is really simple and cheap food in france but I guess its a bit overpriced in Japan. I will not really complain though about the price since where can you really get a taste of real Galettes in Japan? I also had a taste of their Cider, and I bought a bottle to take home after since Solene taught me where I could buy the Cider. (My grandmother loved it)
How can something as simple taste so good? I guess the secret is in the chef and the owner of the restaurant. He is an actual french from the same region my friend comes from, and is now living in Japan. I was also very impressed with the service and ambiance the restaurant offered. The staff of the restaurant are required to speak in French with each other regardless of the fact that they are Japanese. So it was really interesting because you would hear a lot of French around the Kitchen as you are eating. The servers can also speak in Japanese of course and some can speak in English, it was really refreshing.
Galette: Bretonne ( ブレトンヌ）Mushrooms, Bacon, Scrambled egg, cheese, fresh cream from Hokkaido, Espelette pepper
Quimperoise（カンペロワーズ）Homemade stewed apples, salted butter caramel and vanilla ice cream.
I cannot wait to take a lot more friends here to the restaurant. Also my grandmother and I are planning to reserve for lunch at the restaurant this week. It gets pretty crowded around the weekend so it is best to make a reservation before you come here. I am sure that you will not regret coming, and if you don’t like the French Galettes you have the option to choose their other Galettes which were adjusted to the Japanese taste. Otherwise I will recommend these that my Solene recommended to try since she tells me that these are the usual Galettes that they have in her hometown.
Recommendations by Solene: For the Galletes she recommends the Bretonne ( ブレトンヌ）and the Broceliande（ブロッセリアンド）and for the dessert Crepes with ice cream she recommends the Quimperoise（カンペロワーズ）and of course do not forget to drink their Cider! They have alcoholic and non alcoholic ones.
Where to find the store: If you are familiar with Kagurazaka you will know that there is a red temple somewhere there. Right in front of the temple and a little to the right is an udon store (うどん) There is a street there, and if you walk straight inside till the end you will see it to the left. You will not miss it for sure. Here is their website in case you want to take an early reservation because they get crowded during the weekend: Kagurazaka, Le Bretagne