Eighty dollars for crepes. Despite a fine meal, that will be my last impression of Ti Couz: eighty dollars for crepes.
We started with a light appetizer crepe. I had one with almond butter (dairy, not nut). The crepe batter was nice and hearty, the almond butter rich and flavorful. Yet somehow, the combination was light on the palate. It was a nice way to start the meal.
Next, we shared a large salad. Id read several good things about the salads here on Chowhound and we were both in the mood for greens. The salad was fine, but a bit boring. Costco brand organic greens tossed with a simple vinaigrette. For $10, I could make a far better salad at home.
For the entrée, I had a crepe with tomatoes, caramelized onions and cheese. It made a nice combination. The onions were good, but its hard to ruin caramelized onions. The tomatoes and cheese were so-so. I guess Im spoiled by my farmers market tomatoes and cheese from the Cheeseboard. The cheese just didnt have any interesting flavors, and the texture became congealed by the time I had finished.
The dessert crepes were good. The batter was much lighter and sweeter, though not too sweet. We shared one with bananas and sugar and one with berries and berry butter. These were probably the best dessert crepes Ive had, although we were too full at this point to finish them.
The highlight of the meal was the French Cider. We had a bottle of dry, apple cider with the app and entrée crepes. It was excellent. I dont know much about cider, but I loved this stuff. With dessert, we had two glasses of a sweet, nonalcoholic cider that was wonderful. I avoided the draft cider because it wasnt French.
Then came the ouch! with the bill. The thing about Ti Couz is that its really difficult to keep track of how much youre spending because of how the menu is organized. You order all of these additions on your crepes and the formula is a bit confusing and its easy to lose track of things. Im a numbers guy. Im able to keep a running tally of the bill at restaurants, and Im usually right to within a few dollars. But at Ti Couz, I wasnt even close.
For eighty dollars, I think we could have done a lot better: a French bistro or a sit down pizza place. And the quality of ingredients didnt impress me enough to warrant the exuberant costs. Admittedly, we were famished and we ordered a lot of food. Regardless, I dont think we could have a full dinner there for under fifty.
Im glad I tried Ti Couz but I dont think I will return, nor would I recommend it. Now I just need to find a source for good bottles of French cider.