The French are coming to Spitalfields. Don’t panic, it’s not an invasion, they bring sweet smelling crêpes and savoury galettes. Cue the heads turning, and sea parting, “make way for the deliciousness”.
The owners Emilien Lesourd and Vincent Couvreur and head chef Williams Guillemot all hail from the land of berets and baguettes. It is guaranteed then, that anything that you are lucky enough to sample at L’Ami Malo is steeped in French authenticity.
The clue is in the name, much of the inspiration for L’Ami Malo comes from the traditional french town of St Malo, which is famous for its galettes. L’Ami Malo has moved a little faster with the times and has embraced the latest food trends by altering their recipes to include the use of buckwheat. A versatile plant, that is a firm favourite with those gluten cursing individuals, as its seeds can be milled like flour.
The ingredients and their combinations are arranged on a list as long as your arm, so you may have trouble choosing. Would a crepe filled with confit duck leg, caramelised pear and red wine jus, have you putting in an order? Maybe the Hepburns smoked ham, maple cured bacon and Comté cheese would do the trick?
Relax, they aren’t so forward thinking that they have dismissed those naughty options for our sweet toothed friends either. What about the classic lemon and sugar, butter sauce, apple compote, or perhaps salted caramel…
If the food is not enough to entice you for a visit (we can’t imagine this would be the case though), then it might be worth mentioning that hidden at the back of L’Ami Malo is Le Moulin. Their own little version of a speakeasy serving seasonal cocktails using organic juices and ciders brought over from Brittany and Normandy.
The restaurant will be open six days a week serving lunch and dinner. It officially opens on the 29th January but until then, enjoy 50% off food only (advance bookings only) during their soft launch from 16th-27th January 2018.