Unkaizan Ja­panese Res­tau­rant

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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

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