As you walk into Le Pain Quotidien, the smell of fresh bread hits you in the face. Funnily enough, the name means daily bread. Get ready for my brunch at Le Pain Quotidien South Kensington experience.
There is nothing that I like more than sitting down with friends, passing warm fresh bread straight out the oven across the table lathered in strawberry jam or nutella over a latte for a starter option here. Somehow time seems to rush past us and before we know it, three hours just flew and we are sat in the same spot, only with the bread basket almost empty and satisfied faces across the table.
I usually come to Le Pain for their divine quinoa scones, tartines (oh my) and bread. Breakfast and lunch is also a great idea here and with a range of food on the menu, you are bound to fins something you fancy. They also do a gluten-free bread range which is out of this world.
It was a warm/windy day but the sun made a view appearances and disappearing acts mind you. I took a fashion student friend of mine for company and a catch up. We headed to Le pain Quotidien in South Kensington and took an outdoor table in an effort to top up on our vitamin D levels since we hardly seem to see sunshine in London.
Yes the scarf stayed on throughout the brunch. As I said, it was a little windy.
Seeded bread with beetroot hummus to tease our stomach with a side of carrot and ginger juice which is pretty awesome and refreshing by the way.
We tucked into chicken cobb salad (super filling). I am not a huge fan of blue cheese but the avocado and chicken was a hit with me. They are super friendly and accommodating here, so I am sure the cheese can be swapped with whatever takes your fancy. I am more of a brie and goats cheese kind of girl.
Salmon and poached eggs. Check out the presentation. take note of this gluten-free seeded bread which is to die for.
The ricotta and kale eggs was seriously good. It is topped with pumpkin seeds for some added crunch and comes with a side of beetroot and carrot salad. I would definitely return for this dish. I have never had a ricotta egg dish before so this was a new and delightful experience for me. I do prefer ricotta to most cheese as its creamier and contains less fat and it’s actually quite versatile. You can mix with pastas, they make a great topping for pizzas and can be incorporated in salads which is a good option for a light and healthy lunch.
Finally. Cheat time!
The Belgian waffles was delicious to taste however, it could have been a little warmer. I definitely don’t do cold waffles. The generous chocolate sauce made a great combo and much prefer that to a syrup option.
The quinoa scones are always a winner with me. Smothered with a thick layer of jam and cream, just the way I like it and with matcha lattes to hand to warm our souls with the cold breeze.
How cute are these bowls? You won’t be drinking lattes out of bowls anywhere else, trust me.
They also use both almond and soya milk for teas and coffees so they cater for everyone intolerance here. If you are a vegan, this place is perfect for you with their varied range of plant foods. Their vast range of breads including gluten-free options is something to get excited about here. Made fresh on the day and the best part is, you can buy the loafs on your way out and enjoy it in the comfort of your own home too. There is something on the menu here for everyone.
It was a pleasant experience. Thanks Le pain Quotidien for hosting us.
There are a handful of cafes dotted around London. Head over to the site to find your local one. I prefer the one in South Kensington as it has nice outdoor seating area. The one on Kings Road is also big and great for families with ample buggy space.
How do you brunch?