Flambee Cafe. Photo by Jenn Ocken.

Dish: Flambée Café’s Salade Niçoise

Opened in June by the team that created Bistro Byronz, Flambée Café in Willow Grove is a cheery spot with shareable French-inspired dishes. The menu is a lively ride through razor-thin tarte flambées, open-faced tartine sandwiches, homey pots-au-feu and thoughtfully constructed salads. The Niçoise, reinterpreted by Byronz Family Restaurants Culinary Director John Lundin, combines seared fresh tuna with sautéed haricots verts and buttery gold potatoes that are boiled until tender, then cut and fried crisp to serve as croutons. The traditional salad’s requisite Niçoise olives don’t appear solo but rather in a punchy tapenade, while standard boiled eggs are swapped for deviled eggs enriched by crème fraiche. “Being able to take a dish from the French tradition and make it our own,” says Lundin, “is what we’ve always been about.”

Flambée Café
8210 Village Plaza Court
Mon.- Thurs., 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Fri. & Sat., 11 a.m. to 10 a.m.