We thought we’d tried every cuisine under the sun, but then along comes Flamboree specialising in tarte flambée and made us question our very existence (clearly we didn’t holiday on the continent as kids!).
If you haven’t tried the Alsatian dish, it’s not a million miles away from a pizza, but way lighter, so you could legit have it for lunch without falling asleep at your desk afterwards. The bases are made without yeast and are so thin they take just 80 seconds to cook (so a pretty good option for a speedy lunch). Executive Chef Neil Witney (previously Executive Chef of La Bodega Negra, Casa Negra, E&O) is heading up the kitchen where he’s topping this traditional dish with contemporary toppings.
We kicked things off with lemon-spiked hummus and shards of the thin base to scoop it up with. Grab a can of custom made beer, brewed with hops from Alsace (we loved the artwork on the can!).
The classic option is topped with Dingley Dell smoky bacon lardons, crème fraiche, red onions, emmental, and splodges of herb aioli and just pipped the others to the post as our fave dish. However, there really is something for everyone. Meat-eaters will love the fully laden ‘Charcut-Oree’ with more of those crispy bacon lardons, pepper salami, saucisson, kassler ham, dijon mayo, cornichons, herbs, and crispy shallots. Meanwhile, vegans are well catered for with coriander and lemon hummus, slow roast tomato, red onion, grilled aubergine, shaved courgette, and tomato tapenade.
Although there’s also Asian-influenced dishes such as the ‘Beware the Taliwang’ with roast chicken, super spicy taliwang sauce, spring onion, coriander, kaffir lime leaf, tomato, and Indonesian sweet soy sauce. All are sliced into easy to manage slices, making this perfect for sharing.
Even desserts have been given the flamboree treatment. Topped with chocolate sauce, scoops of ice cream, dotted with marshmallows, crushed biscuit and white chocolate chips – it’s every big kid’s fantasy.
Reasonably priced, straight up delish and something just a little bit different, we reckon Flamboree will be a real crowd pleaser for those in the area.