In a nutshell: Fast casual restaurant that specialises in the Alsatian dish tarte flambée
Summing it all up: Neil Witney (previously La Bodega Negra, E&O etc) is behind Old Street’s Flamboree which is putting a contemporary spin on the tarte flambée
Flamboree has just opened in Old Street and is specialising in tarte flambée, a dish that originates in Alsace in eastern France. If you’ve ever been to Alsace you will almost certainly have eaten tarte flambée, a traditional regional dish dating back to the late 19th century.
For anyone not familiar with the dish, it’s a bit like pizza but the dough has no yeast and is rolled very thinly so the base comes out flakey and crisp after a quick blast in the oven in the restaurant’s gas-fired rotating deck oven. The dough is a lot lighter and healthier compared to pizza dough so you can happily eat one for lunch and not need a lie down afterwards.
Neil Witney, who was previously Executive Chef of Will Ricker restaurants (La Bodega Negra, E&O etc), is behind Flamboree, which is aiming to give the dish a contemporary spin, with both classic and more adventurous toppings. So expect to find these and more on the menu:
- Ma’Classique - Dingley Dell smoky bacon lardons, crème fraiche, red onions, Emmental, and herb aioli
- Beware the Taliwang – roast chicken, spicy taliwang sauce, spring onion, coriander, kaffir lime leaf, tomato, and Indonesian sweet soy sauce
- The Royal Levantine – roasted peppers and aubergines, crème fraiche, feta, tahini, pomegranate pearls and molasses, and za’atar
- The Great Veganer – coriander and lemon hummus, slow roast tomato, red onion, grilled aubergine, shaved courgette, and tomato tapenade
As well as the ‘flams' as they’re calling them, Flamboree will have raclette, salads, and a few desserts such as the sweet flam topped with marshmallow, dark chocolate sauce, and ice cream.
On the drinks side, there’s (unsurprisingly) a few Alsace wines including a Reisling and Pinot Blanc as well as Flamboree’s own range of beers brewed in conjunction with London’s Reunion Brewery. One of the beers has even been brewed with Alsatian hops which they sourced especially for the project.
More about Flamboree
Where is it? 154 Old Street, Shoreditch, EC1V 9BP
When does it open? Open now (50 Free Regular Tarte Flambées to be given away on Tuesday 23rd April 11am – 3pm)
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