Unkaizan Japanese Restaurant
Husband-and-wife team Vincent-Elias and Soumia Djennad are on a mission to change people’s perceptions of French cuisine. MY French Factory is a crêperie situated beside Cenang Mall. It opened in 2014 and has quickly gained a strong fan base among locals and tourists.
‘People think French food is all about fine dining,’ says Soumia. ‘They forget that we have popular traditional food and simple dishes too.’
Vincent-Elias mans the large crêpe griddle inside the small restaurant and with expert concentration spreads the batter thinly around the wheel. Soumia explains that ‘everything on the menu is homemade and fresh. We make our crêpes in front of people so it’s like a show for our customers.’
On the menu is a large selection of sweet and savoury crêpes, waffles, cold drinks and delicious desserts such as crème brûlée, lemon meringue pie, tiramisu and fruit tarts. You might even find freshlymade pasta on the menu occasionally. The savoury crêpes, also called galettes, are made with carefully sourced organic buckwheat flour, which is naturally gluten free, and the resulting batter is also vegan-friendly. You could keep it that way, or you could add egg and cheese to the homemade tomato sauce topping for a knockout breakfast. But it’s the sweet crêpes that draw our attention. The different possible combinations of flavours are mindboggling. There’s homemade salted caramel, chocolate sauce, Nutella, bananas, mangoes, strawberries, dried coconuts, ice cream... the list is seemingly endless. After a refreshing jar of freshlysqueezed, homemade pink lemonade, we opt for C23, a sweet crêpe with banana, Nutella, coconut and coconut ice cream, and after we devour it, it’s honestly difficult not to lick the plate clean. N8 Langgura Baron Resort New Wing, Jalan Pantai Cenang (04 955 5196/ www.facebook.com/ myfrenchfactorylangkawi). Don’t miss the homemade green tea ice cream. Jalan Telok Baru, Pantai Tengah (04 955 4118/www. unkaizan.com).
Eating & Drinking 2015/2016