You know when you go out to eat and you take an hour and a half agonising over the menu because everything looks so good? That’s L’Ami Malo in a nutshell. The good news is that whatever you choose is guaranteed to be the ‘right’ choice.
Tucked away on a trendy lane in Spitalfields, the French creperie offers more than just crepes. For starters, we opted for their ‘smoked salmon maki rolls’ which are presented in the form of sushi rolls but consist of rolled up buckwheat crepe with delicious light filling, and their buckwheat tabbouleh (buckwheat is a theme here…). Both were generously sized yet fresh, and not too filling.
For main dishes, you have the choice of filled galettes or ‘classic’ mains such as duck leg and veg or cider cured salmon (a little more fancy than the average meat and two veg you might get at your nans…). We both opted for galettes – one with asparagus and wild mushroom and one with slow roast lamb. Although the veg option includes cheese and sauce, the chef is happy to alter this to make it vegan friendly.
They were hands down the best crepes we have tried, and I don’t think we spoke apart from to voice our appreciation of the food in front of us for the whole 5 minutes it took for us to gobble them down. The batter is non-greasy and yep – you guessed it – made from buckwheat, so not only are they delicious but they’re also guilt free!
The restaurant offer a wide selection of desserts which again proved to be a difficult decision, resulting in us eventually opting for the lemon and blueberry souffle which was slightly too rich (but not rich enough to stop us devouring the whole thing) and a selection of ice cream and sorbet – try the pear sorbet for the ultimate palette cleanser.
The space has a feeling of intimacy and the staff are super attentive without being overbearing. One of the attractions of L’Ami Malo is the pricing. Prices of mains range from £10-14 which, considering the quality of ingredients, is very reasonable. We left feeling full, satisfied and ready to plan our next trip before this hidden gem receives the attention it deserves and you have to book months in advance!
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