Mazazu Crepe

Restaurant: Mazazu Crepe
Cuisine: Japanese/Desserts/Ice Cream
Last visited: January 7, 2012
Location: Richmond, BC (Richmond Central)
Address: Unit 3110, 4151 Hazelbridge Way (In Aberdeen food court)
Train: Aberdeen Station Northbound
Price Range: $10 or less

1Poor 2OK 3Good 4Very good 5Excellent 6: FMF Must Try!

Food: 2
Service: n/a (food court)
Ambiance: n/a (food court)
Overall: 2
Additional comments:

  • Franchise
  • Japanese style crepes
  • Crepes only
  • Sweet and savoury crepes
  • Made upon order
  • Soft serve ice cream
  • Snack
  • Food on the go
  • Budget friendly/cheap eats
  • Lunch/Dinner

**Recommendations: Soft serve ice cream in a cone.

The Aberdeen Centre food court in Richmond, BC is one of my favourite shopping mall food courts in Metro Vancouver, let alone Richmond. It’s predominantly Asian cuisine with a random Vera’s Burger Shack. The set up is clean with a good variety and the prices are affordable. After Vietnamese food at Pho Lan I was up for dessert (no surprise there), and in the context of Richmond, this is actually one of my go-to places for it.

I’ve wanted to try Mazazu Crepe since it opened, but I always get distracted with Frappe Bliss (my fav) and Qoola. On this occasion I almost got distracted again, but I finally decided to just try the crepe and settle my curiosity once and for all. I wish I didn’t mean that so literally too.

Mazazu Crepe is a franchise in Japan under the name of Mother’s Crepe. It’s a crepe only shop, but it’s not your traditional French crepe so don’t expect authenticity. The crepes are basically wannabes of French crepes, but with the occasional Japanese toppings and ingredients. The franchise could be better in Japan, but it just didn’t work here.

The sweet crepes come with either custard, soft serve ice cream, whipped cream, strawberries, bananas, chocolate brownies (not house made), Japanese cheesecake, glutinous rice cakes or red bean. It’s actually just a switch up of the same ingredients so there’s really not much selection.

The savoury crepes include ham, cheese, tuna salad, hard boiled eggs and sausage. Again it’s just a switch up of limited ingredients so there is not much selection for savoury crepes either. All the crepes are around $3.50-4.95 and they’re quite large and cheap, and unfortunately so are the ingredients. You do pay for what you get.

Personally the crepes just came across as poor imitations of French style crepes. The only thing I would come back for is the soft serve ice cream, which I actually liked, but I’d ask for it in a waffle cone.

On the table:

I ordered the Green Tea Shiratama Azuki Soft Ice Cream crepe because it was the most unique, even though I dislike red bean.

This is what I got.

Green Tea Shiratama Azuki Soft Ice Cream – 2/6 (Okay)

  • $4.95
  • It’s served with your choice of milk, green tea or twist soft serve ice cream. I ordered twist.
  • It’s only served wrapped up to-go and they don’t offer it served on plates.
  • The crepe is made upon order so it was still warm.
  • It’s filled with soft serve ice cream, glutinous rice balls, red bean, whipped cream and sprinkled with matcha powder.
  • She tried alternating the layers, but there was only one scoop of red bean at the top.
  • The whipped cream was really thick, rich and greasy and not that sweet, and I wasn’t digging it.
  • The red bean paste (azuki) was really thick and creamy and pretty sweet, but I’ve never been a fan of red bean.
  • There were some actual red beans in it and it wasn’t completely smooth. It’s actually not bad for what it was.
  • The 3 glutinous rice balls (shiratama) were chewy, squishy and plain (naturally that way). They’re filling and dense and traditionally served with azuki.
  • Shiratama have a very neutral flavour and they taste like nothing and they’re one texture throughout.
  • I would have preferred mochi which is at least a bit sweet and lighter.

Needless to say, they were incredibly messy and drippy to eat. Soft service ice cream in a warm crepe ends up being a soggy mess. I love crepes and ice cream, but not like this.

  • Even alone the crepe was not good and it was likely the only home made part.
  • For a crepe place they should have nailed the crepe.
  • The crepe was very thick and doughy and I could still taste the flour in the batter.
  • The crepe batter wasn’t sweet or eggy and it just tasted like flour and water.
  • It wasn’t crispy or browned at all and ended up being really chewy and almost stretchy.
  • The best part was the soft serve green tea ice cream. I love soft serve ice cream in general though.
  • The soft serve ice cream was quite light which I liked, but it was richer than McDonald’s soft serve which I still like!
  • It wasn’t icy, overly rich, creamy or sweet (like Dairy Queen) and I would actually come back for it. I’d order it in a waffle cone next time for sure.
  • The Milk flavoured soft serve ice cream is $2.86 and the Green Tea flavoured soft serve ice cream is $3.10.
  • On a similar note, the best soft serve ice cream I’ve had so far was at Dessert Club, ChikaLicious.

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9 Comments

  • Bow says:

    Too bad the execution of the food wasn’t very good, but was it busy ? Like, I don’t get Hong Kong cafe food, yet these places are busy…and sometimes Asians like an Asian take on French or Western food which people who have tasted the real thing aren’t impressed by Asian fusion food. Soggy crepes ? Too doughy, alas…well a hidden gem will be just round the corner.

  • LotusRapper says:

    @Bow – I know what you mean. HK, Japanese and Korean adaptations of western cuisine are sure different than the “real thing”. While these “fusion-y” adaptations aren’t necessarily for everyone, I think it’s neat that they exist, and bespeaks to the dynamics of cross-cultural influences, esp. in the area of food.

    Japanese “yoshoku” is one example where western influences caught on in the Far East, and early at that. It’s (to me) a very interesting topic, perhaps worthy of a sociological/gastro-anthropological dissertation 😀 in that it was able to penetrate and gain momentum with the Japanese culture so early on in modern history (late 1800’s/early 1900’s), whereas the same can’t be said for inside China nor Korea.

    On that note, I’ve been dying to go to the new 29th Avenue Cafe, the new iteration of the old Yoshoku-Ya on Denman.

  • Linda says:

    hehe i’m not surprised you didn’t like this crepe – there was red bean in it! lol i really wonder how the savory ones taste like but seeing as how the sweet one that you tried wasn’t great, it’ll be hard for me to try them… not even for the fact of the fillings but the crepe wasn’t even good! mmm pass for now… are cafe crepe ones better?! lol

  • LotusRapper says:

    Cafe Crepe is the gold standard, me thinks 🙂

  • Mijune says:

    @Bow – lol yeah I like HK style cafes :)…. it’s just Chinese McDonald’s… cheap comfort food. also the portions aren’t huge so I can order a few things 🙂 It’s nothing fancy, but it does the job when it need to. This place isn’t busy, but they do have customers and it’s not one of the dead stalls either. I just wasn’t a fan.

    @LR – well said! On both accounts! Cafe Crepe is definitely the standard since it’s the most popular one that’s pretty good. I’m not sure if it’s “the best” since I don’t order crepes or try crepe places often, but it’s fair to call it the standard 🙂

    @Linda – lol the red bean was only on top, so even when I avoided most of it I still didn’t like it very much unfortunately. I actually might have liked the red bean more than the crepe to be honest 🙁 Yes Cafe Crepe is definitely better IMO. 🙂

  • LotusRapper says:

    @Mijune: I’m not a crepe creep (LOL) and know the crepe landscape inside out, hehe. But one thing I really find *cool* about Cafe Crepe that separates them from all other creperies (that I know of) and many restos even …………. where else in town can you get a $5 crepe, $8 panini or organic pizza, $10 burger & fries, Parisian hot dogs, Lavazza coffees, red & white wines by the glass beers, cocktails, liqueurs/cognac/brandy/whiskey/bourbob AND a $90 bottle of champagne …… all under one casual, un-pretentious roof requiring no reservations ??? 😀

  • LotusRapper says:

    ^ ooops, no such thing as “bourbob”, unless I’ve drank one or two too many ….. 😉

  • agnes says:

    I had this too 🙂 The crepe was quite disgusting.. the only good part was the matcha soft serve and the little bit of red bean.

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