I developed a love of tarte flambee (as it’s known in French) when my husband lived in Strasbourg for a year during university. Known as flammkuchen in German, some people like to call this ‘pizza’ – maybe because they like getting into fights on the internet?
Actually, flammkuchen is a very crisp, light flatbread dough that’s traditionally topped with fromage blanc or crème fraiche, thinly sliced onions, and lardons – aka bacon bits. It’s absolutely delicious and why I was happy to trek across Cambridge to find Amélie inside The Grafton.
Don’t be put off by the fact that this restaurant is located inside a shopping centre. This is no bog standard fast food affair. This is gorgeous food, done well, by people who clearly care about the dishes they’re serving.
We decided to split a fondue to begin – what a great idea! Crispy toasted bread and a rich, savoury, gooey mass of melted cheese. You can’t go wrong!
For our mains, I went for the traditional style, but this time topped with some cheese. If you’ve never tried this dish before you really really need to head to Amélie to have it done properly. I can’t rave about it enough. Crisp, delicate, crispy – deeply savoury and yet somehow light as well.
There are plenty of other styles to choose from as well, ranging from vegetarian ones all the way to exotic types like Thai curry!
Head to www.amelierestaurants.co.uk for their menu!