It’s not pizza as we know it but Alex and Regis Crepy think they’ve got the best European pizza in Cambridge, if not the UK, even if the name doesn’t trip so lightly off the tongue. We’re talking about Flam-kuche, a traditional dish from the Alsace region in France and it’s the signature dish at Amélie Flam-Kuche, the stand-out restaurant with the bright yellow van in the Grafton Centre opposite the Vue cinema that opened in August 2018.
Flam-kuche is a thin crust flatbread spread with crème fraiche and onions and topped with a variety of mouth-watering ingredients. And it’s fast, very fast. It cooks in the oven for just 90 seconds and that means you taste every delicious bit of it. It’s the perfect pre-movie (or in-movie – Alex does take-out) dish. The ingredients are fresh and sourced locally, and there’s even a signature beer brewed by the Suffolk independent, Nethergate Brewery.
Amélie is a family affair. Regis has owned several highly successful restaurants and Alex grew up working in his parents’ eateries. After he graduated from the Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne, Alex continued to learn his trade with Gaucho Restaurants in London, but he always knew he was going to open a restaurant with his father. The restaurant is named after Alex’s sister, an artist, and she has designed all the artwork.
Alex and Regis’ ambition was to impress their customers with the quality of the food and the quality of the service and they’re clearly achieving that ambition: Amélie is one of the top four restaurants on TripAdvisor for Cambridgeshire, and it’s one of only four Cambridge restaurants to make it into the Good Food Guide. This makes Alex happy, but what really feeds his passion is watching his diners as they take their first bite of the Flam-kuche, and their smiles as they recognise that here is something at once familiar and different and utterly delicious.
The Grafton Centre
(opposite the VUE cinema)
Tel: 01223 778898