Le Pain Quotidien
Great breakfast spot with fresh bread and pastry
Time Out Says
From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2009Wholesome sandwiches, scrummy soups and delicious coffees and pastries make this shopping centre patisserie a cut above other coffee shops.
There’s nothing fancy about Le Pain Quotidien, in fact they seem to pride themselves on stripping everything – the decor and the food – back to the bare essentials. But they certainly do the basics very well.
Thanks to delicious nutty breads and a few curious tweaks, boring old egg sarnies never tasted so good. The same goes for the soups and the shareable cold-cut platter, where freshness and simplicity shine through.
The secret of the success here is the straightforward pleasure derived from good-quality basic ingredients. This is real food. Try the mammoth chicken Caesar sandwich – it’s refreshing to get a generous, garlicky chicken breast instead of the mystery meat served up by rival establishments.
The coffee, served French-style, is delicious and it would be a crime not to use a gargantuan bowl of the frothy stuff to wash down a naughty-but-nice pastry. One gripe; the takeaway prices at the bakery/patisserie section are a little on the steep side, especially if you arrive late in the evening when the goodies are less fresh.
By Time Out Dubai staff | 17 Mar 2009
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