Remember the days when we were satisfied with a Nutella crêpe? We might not be able to look at this humble dish in the same way again after our experience at L’Ami Malo. A modern crêperie in the heart of the City that’s turning the pancake on it’s head.
Enter into a small, yet cosy environment with full view of an open kitchen that oozes French savoir faire. Order the ‘maki’ rolls – but instead of seaweed and rice, find smoked salmon, capers, shallot, dill, keta caviar and crème fraîche, enveloped in a uniquely rolled galette. The Roscoe Onion Tart is another tasty option – light and flavourful even without the hollandaise.
Moving on to mains, try the buckwheat polenta with crispy kale and cod wrapped in a large gluten-free galette. Try your best to squeeze in a desert. We recommend the soufflé lemon with blueberries, banana and peanut caramel sauce. But have a cocktail while you wait – it takes 20 minutes to prepare.
Tucked away at the back of the restaurant is Le Moulin, a French-inspired speakeasy bar with its own entrance on Parliament Court. Offering a unique combination of cocktails, French spirits and liqueurs, buckwheat beers, artisan cidre, and small producer wines, this intimate bar is an ideal spot for pre- and post-dinner drinks, date nights and catch-up cocktails or can be hired exclusively for events and parties.
Cocktails are inspired by speakeasy sensations, from the subtle, but fruity Pommeau Spritz (Pommeau de Normandie, calvados, apple and cidre), to the beautiful Belle (Botanist gin, Lillet Rose, St. Germain and grapefruit bitters) and the citric Francois Sour (calvados blanche, red wine, lemon and egg white).
As one would expect the wine list is exclusively French with a carefully created selection of blanc, rouge and rosé bins sitting alongside champagnes.
This slice of Brittany in Spitalfields is a breath of fresh air in the city. Your friends will thank you for the discovery.
Address: 14 Artillery Passage, E1 7LJ
Tube: Liverpool Street
Hettie is the editor and co-founder of DOSE. A keen runner, she’s also partial to a blast of high-intensity and hot yoga. A country girl at heart, she divides her time between London and the lush rolling hills of North Devon. When she’s not jetting off on her next adventure, Hettie can be found in a candle-lit alcove with a laptop, a spaniel and a full bodied Malbec.