Tucked in the corner in Langham Square in Markham is T-Swirl Crêpe, a relatively new eatery from the US (majority of their locations are found in New York), but inspired by Japanese-style crêpes when the owner went to Japan.
Most people associate crêpes as desserts, but T-Swirl Crêpe has both sweet and savoury that are great for on-the-go. There are a few seating available though. During my visit, I hadn’t eaten dinner yet so I opted for a savoury one. Please note, I was invited by a friend to try T-Swirl Crêpe and while I tried one savoury crêpe on the house, I did not try out the others mentioned in this post.
The name was derived from the tool used (it is shaped like a T) and the movement to spread the batter on the hot plate (watch video here). The batter is made using rice flour, so it is gluten-free. The crêpe itself is not thick but it had a crispy, soft texture.
Watch a video of a crêpe being assembled.
I had the Chicken Teriyaki ($11.95) – Sliced Chicken Breast, Baby Spinach, Julienned Carrots, Corn, Red Onions, Organic Boiled Eggs, Crunchy Shallots, Sesame Seed, Sesame Dressing, and Teriyaki Sauce. Vegetables aren’t cooked so you get the freshness and texture.
Strawberry Banana ($8.95) – Sliced Strawberries, Sliced Bananas, Custard Cream, Whipped Yogurt, Chocolate Pearls, Crushed Pistachio.
Chocolate Nut Party ($9.95) – Almonds, Chocolate Truffles, Whipped Yogurt, Chocolate Custard Cream, Chocolate Sauce, Chocolate Ice Cream (Gelato), Crushed Pistachio, Chocolate Pearls, Chocolate Pocky Sticks
Lychee Romantic ($9.95) – Lychees, Raspberries, Rose Custard Cream, Whipped Yogurt, Crushed Pistachio
Angus Short Ribs ($12.95) – Angus Short Ribs, Chopped Iceberg Lettuce, Julienned Carrots, Red Onions, Red Peppers, Crunchy Shallots, String Beans, Sesame Seeds, Chipotle Aioli, Tofu Sauce.
T-swirl Fruits Cocktail ($10.95) – Sliced Strawberries, Sliced Bananas, Blueberries, Raspberries, Mangos, Custard Cream, Whipped Yogurt, Crushed Pistachio, Chocolate Pearls
A few things to note: orders to take a bit to prepare as it is made-to-order. Temperature varies as the protein in savoury crêpes are cooked to order and the crêpe are left to cool before assembling ingredients, which most are cold. It might not make a difference with the dessert ones, but it would be nice to have a warm savoury crêpe. Also, they are not quite filled as the ones in the pictures on the menu or advertisement… you can add additional toppings, but at extra costs.
If you happen to be in the Markham area, today (October 7), T-Swirl is celebrating their 2 year anniversary and is offering $3 on all crêpes from 5pm-10pm. If you can’t make it between those times, you can still get your crêpes for $2 off.
Disclaimer: While the food was complimentary, the opinions expressed in this post are my own.
28 S Unionville Ave. Suite #1056