I'm not sure where originally this thing is from ( should be Europe ), But it's been very popular in Japan for last 6~7 yrs, since the biggest coffee shop chain " DOUTOR " has introduced this cake as their flag ship product to Japanese people.
I happen to know the manager guy from the panini/coffee shop -- i forgot the
name -- on 26th st ( bet Mad & 5th ) which is owned by the same coffee chain -- this place isn't japanese cafe, no japanese people are working ( except this manager), selling the baked goods from Balthather, homemade soup, the " heat press in front of your eyes " panini, totally European --.Several month ago, he told me that the company was planning to sell the Mille Crepe in NY, and I've forgotten about this until tonight.
I just saw this Mille Crepe -- here it's called 25 Layer crepe cake -- at CAFE Spisroza ( 52 Irving Place 212-460-0033 ), and I asked the guy at the counter
" Where is this from ? " , and he said " I'm not sure the name but it's from Japanese bakery." , then I tried....It's exactly the same Mille Crepe in Japan!Now I know they've started selling this.
The Mille Crepe is the layer ( about 15 layer,not 25, but looks like hundreds of layer) of paper thin crepe with semi-sweet white cream that is sandwhiched every single layer, it's beautiful.The crepes are about size of pancake, so it looks like a whole piece of cake.It's cut in 8 and served by a slice.
I think the wards " Mille crepe " are from
Mille-Feuille ( literally means " a thousand of leaves" in french ) and Crepe.