What does the word "Galette" mean?
The word "Galette" is used in the French culinary vocabulary as a broad term that describes a variety of foods made in the shape of a flat thin disk.
It usually refers to foods that contain flour, like bread, biscuits or even savoury crêpes.
In the french region of Bretagne (Brittany), well renowned for being the birthplace of Crêpes, “Galettes” are indeed known to being made out of buckwheat flour and to only containing savoury fillings.
15 years of history
La Galette de France was originally established in 2005 by French duo Eric and Nadia Masure at the Subiaco Station Street Markets. Their idea was to offer a tasty range of cooked-while-you-wait crêpes as well as classic baked goods made from scratch in front of the passing-by crowd.
It didn't take long for the pair to become well known for the high quality of their products and the friendliness of their service.
Over the years, the small market stall eventually grew into four points of sale in Subiaco, South Perth, Nedlands, and for a brief period of time, in Kalamunda.
After a few years, they came to the realisation that the bigger the business, the harder it was to control and deliver the quality standards they valued so much. So they made the decision to go back to basics and downsized their business to just one retail venue.
"We have always been proud of the values La Galette de France stands for, and for helping to train younger generations of aspiring bakers."
2015 started a new chapter
The pair amicably ended their marriage, and each became independent owners of their half of the business.
Nadia now owns the one remaining retail shop of "La Galette" on Hampden Road, and Eric is the owner of "La Galette de France Wholesale", located a couple of kilometers away on Broadway.
"My main focus with this venue," says Nadia, "is providing our customers as much as possible with a greater experience of the French culture and its traditions. We go beyond serving tasty French food. We take you with us on a journey to our little fragment of France, right here, where the radio plays french songs and French news all day long. Several regions of France are represented among the staff, so if you ask us, there is a lot to learn about!"
She introduced to the already popular "Crêpe and Galette" menu, a range of French Café staple dishes that are getting great feedback.
"Simplicity is the key. Genuine, fresh and tasty food is the aim"
She continues working on adding new hearty dishes to the a la carte menu , while still being in charge of the production of La Galette de France's range of macarons
as for Eric,
Owner of La Galette de France Wholesale, baker extraordinaire Eric is still in command of his faithful team of bakers, spending most of his days and nights producing away a large range of baked good in his off-site commercial kitchen.
This keeps him very busy, as in addition to Nadia's shop, many of his products are also complementing the brews of numerous high end Cafés around Perth. He also opened more recently his own take away shop in Northbridge, "French Resistance".
For those of you who know him well, Eric remains the same. Forever reluctant to delegate part of his workload to anyone who doesn't share his expectation for quality. His loud distinctive voice resonates in the high ceiling workshop, often laughing uncontrollably over a silly joke, or grumpily mumbling that he is not happy about a batch of croissants that failed to rise properly. His favourite saying stands strong, even more so than ever:
"There is no substitute to quality."
Tasty food starts with quality ingredients
What is important to you is important to us. We source good quality ingredients for their superior nutritive value, but also because we believe that it makes all the difference in the taste of our end products.
We do not use already made bread, cake or filling mixes, or preservatives. We choose to use high quality butter over margarine, free range eggs and poultry, ham of the bone, premium quality fresh fruits, vegetables, and dairy products, as well as organic wheat flour from Terri and Dayle's Eden Valley Biodynamic Farm, to mention just a few.
"We love and respect the ingredients that we transform, and we love that it makes you happy"
"Thank you to all who have supported our business over the years." Eric & Nadia