L’ami Malo Takes French crêperie and revisits them with a contemporary twist
April 17, 2018
We walked down the winding alley ways of Spitalfields to Artillery passage where new French crêperie L’ami Malo is located. Its location very much adds to the character of the restaurant and once inside you are greeted with a contemporary interior. One particularly pleasing feature is that diners are able to view their dishes as they are being cooked by the chefs in the open kitchen.
As the restaurant’s website exclaims, the name L’ami Malo comes from the French for friend, L’ami, and Malo is taken from St Malo, a walled town in Brittany known for its galettes and crêpes. The crêperie is very aptly named. Galletes and crêpes feature throughout the menu and the service is very friendly with the owner chatting throughout the evening with diners at their tables.
A number of the soft drinks, wine, spirits, buckwheat beer and artisan ciders are also sourced from Brittany and elsewhere in France. The drinks are showcased at Le Moulin, which offers an intimate and unique drinking experience tucked away cozily at the back of the restaurant. The food menu offers French classic dishes with a contemporary twist incorporating galletes and crêpes.
My starter was a salmon maki, where the traditional seaweed is replaced with galette. Topped with caviar and neatly presented, the starter is a typical example of the contemporary mix of galletes with traditional French cuisine. I had the confit duck for my main course, which did not disappoint. Served with baked pear and red cabbage wrapped in galette, the theme continues. The dessert is where the crêpe really takes centre stage. My crêpe surrounded the French classic, soufflé, and served with fresh berries, it was delicious.
L’ami Malo is a hidden gem offering an imaginative difference in the dishes on its food menu and serving quality well sourced drinks. Well worth a visit, it very much encapsulates in its name the dining experience you encounter.
Written by Alex Scott for Luxuria Lifestyle