Le Pain Quotidien, Victoria, London
Brunch is such an impressive time of day in eating life these days. That makes it hard to decide what to have. Sweet, savoury, wet, dry, cold, hot? Fear not, the brunch platter at chain Le Pain Quotidien give you everything and more.
Le Pain Quotidien is a surprisingly prolific bakery-restaurant that originates from Brussels. There are 219 other Le Pain Quotidien’s around the world to take your pick from, if the Victoria one doesn’t suit. It doesn’t have quite a footprint on the antipodes yet, there was a store in Sydney but it didn’t last.
It’s a nice location, near the station, near the main strip of Victoria. The common theme of the Le Pain Quotidien is the shared, communal tables. This is less of feature in most of the stores today, but it does make for a cosy interior.
The food on the brunch plate is quite satisfactory. For £16.95 the Farmer brunch will give you a bunch of things to devour. There’s boiled egg, ham, gruyere, granola parfait, a drink, a juice, a pastry and a choice of bread. I had it solo, but in retrospect it’s the kind of option that suits sharing very much. Especially with all those liquids.
It leans towards the more expensive side of things, as service is seperate, as it often is here in the UK. Of the goodies on the table my favourite parts were the pain au chocolat and sourdough. I believe Le Pain Quotidien does quite well when it comes to the bakery-type items. The chain first started in bakery so it makes sense that these are their flagship items.
I can’t finish without mentioning the delicious, and available spreads at your disposal. There’s three that rotate around the dining room including speculoos, blondie and noisella. These are great fun to sample, so give that a swirl on your bread too.
Slight down the road, but my preference: Pimlico Fresh