Buckwheat pancakes, crêpes, and cocktails by the canal.
Paris is certainly no stranger to a good crêperie, yet it’s rare to find one that brings buckwheat pancakes and cocktails into the mix. Enter Kasha: a cozy and chic restaurant-bar in the 10th arrondissement serving a modern take on the classic French food.
The word “Kasha” comes from the Russian word for buckwheat, and while buckwheat flour is frequently used as a base for crepe batter, the reference hits a little closer to home for owner Alexis Auzepy. As the child of a Russian mother and an Italian father, he has truly dedicated this restaurant to his family’s heritage. The uber popular and delicious galette (buckwheat pancakes) found on the menu are directly inspired by his family’s Italian and Russian backgrounds.
Alex’s goal with this restaurant was to make an untraditional crêperie that catered to both travelers and locals, and was extremely family-friendly. After buying the space from the old owner, he completely gutted the restaurant and rebuilt everything to fit his vision. During the day, you’ll find a bright and airy modern lunch spot. At night it turns into a classy bar with craft cocktails and a focus on local, natural wine. According to Alex,
“The natural wine movement has brought a new approach to drinking and enjoying wine, and once you start on it, it’s hard to switch back.”
The menu here changes every season, so you’ll always be trying new and exciting recipes. Alex’s good friend and chef, Alexis Bigaoui creates them and prefers to focus on local products. Their signatures are savoury galettes, but if you’re in the mood for something sweet, sweet crêpes are hard to deny. We recommend the burrata galette with it’s delicious ball of burrata and pesto, or the artichoke galette, with (you guessed it) artichoke cream and a runny egg. If you still have room and crave a little something extra, their crêpe cake is a must with beautifully defined layers and sprinkling of roasted hazelnuts.
With its idyllic location by the Canal Saint Martin, and its evolved modern take on the classic, Kasha is certainly creating waves in Paris. Whether you’re stopping by for brunch or for a quick drink later in the evening, you are sure to find a great atmosphere and even better food that will leave you serene and satisfied.