We celebrated CT Snapshot’s one year anniversary at Watertown’s Diva La Crêpe. We previously visited two crêperies in Rehoboth, Delaware last August. These crêperies proved both delicious and awful in terms of their quality and service. We found the best ones provided quick, quality service,reasonable prices and variety in terms of their menu items. We felt it was high time we tried a crêperie in Connecticut. When we searched for crêperies in our state, we discovered that the prices were higher than the ones in Delaware. Some would argue that you should expect high prices of quality, French cuisine. We hoped Diva La Crêpe, a crêperie with a Japanese twist, would disprove this notion.
Important Note: We encourage Diva La Crêpe to check out Groupon and Living Social to increase their number of customers. They exist in a slightly hidden location, but could quickly become a staple of Connecticut crêperies if they take advantage of these opportunities.
Diva La Crêpe
Location: 544 Straits Turnpike, Watertown, CT
Atmosphere: 8/10-When we stepped into Diva La Crêpe, we noticed its quaint atmosphere. The chalkboard menu, checker tiled floors and pictures of France stood out to us the most. We were taken, but not fully enamored. If Diva La Crêpe adds a few more decorations to express that they are a Japanese influenced crêperie,they would likely attract more customers. Nonetheless. Diva’s modern feel made for an enjoyable stay. We appreciated the fact that Diva doesn’t try to masquerade as a restaurant that serves expensive French cuisine.
Service: 10/10- What Diva may lack in decor, they make up for in service. We encountered fast and friendly service at Diva. By friendly, we mean a conversational, smiling, polite staff. We have reviewed several restaurants throughout the state and never encountered service this friendly. The chefs also cooked the crêpes quickly without sacrificing composition and taste. We enjoyed the fact that the chefs make the crêpes in front of you. This speaks to the honesty and confidence of the staff.
Price/Selection: 10/10-You don’t have to make a dent in your wallet to eat here. Crêpe prices range from just $4-8. You can buy beverages and ice cream for $4 and under. You will also find plenty of variety here. Breakfast crêpes, sweet crêpes, Japanese style ice cream crêpes and savory crêpes comprise the menu. You can try a large selection of crêpes at any time of day. Check out our choices for the most creative crêpes-
1. Choco Loco-a Japanese style ice cream crêpe with nutella, bananas, chocolate ice cream, whipped cream and drizzled with chocolate sauce.
2. Alaska-a savory crêpe with smoked salmon, cream cheese, cucumber, basil, spinach and house mayonnaise dressing.
3. Fantastic New York-a Japanese style ice cream crêpe with cheese cake, strawberry, ice cream and whipped cream.
4. Spicy Mango-a savory crepe with grilled chicken breast, mango, spring mixed greens an spicy mango dressing.
Composition/Taste: 9/10-The crêpes’ decor proved both artistic and appetizing. The mere design of the crêpes compelled us to chow down and try more of them. The crêpes lived up to their savory and sweet labels on the menu. The ingredients are fresh. We especially enjoyed sinking our teeth into the Japanese ice cream style crêpes. The flavorful ice cream complimented the other ingredients quite well.
Making the choice: You likely found a number of crêperies in Connecticut. If you’re wondering what makes Diva La Crêpe stand out among them, consider these differences:
Diva La Crêpe vs. Bon Appetit Crêperie & Cafe: We believe customer service is key when making a decision about a restaurant. One Yelp user wrote of Bon Appetit, “My boyfriend left a 20% tip on the table and we went up to her hostess stand to pay. After he had paid she said something to him I’m guessing that was asking if we needed change, implying that we need to leave a tip. When he said, “oh no it’s all set” (meaning we left it on the table) she got upset and said to us with an attitude “You need to leave at least a 15% tip!” I was in utter shock.” We believe this type of treatment is unacceptable. Waiters and waitresses should not demand tips from customers or automatically assume that they did not tip.
Diva La Crêpe vs. Caroline’s Crêperie: Caroline’s Crêperie boasts great ratings on Yelp. Their menu also displays a good variety in terms of crêpes. Diva La Crêpe offers a more unique selection with their Japanese style ice cream crêpes. Caroline’s Crêperie is slightly more expensive, ranging from $4-10 in price of crêpes.
In a nutshell: 37/40- Diva La Crêpe earns an A for its unique selection, great taste and affordable menu items. We encourage you to stop by Diva La Crêpe for breakfast, lunch and dinner and tell your friends.