Le Ble

Almagro, Belgrano, Caballito, Chacarita, Colegiales, Palermo, Palermo Freud - Sensible, Recoleta, Villa Crespo, Villa Devoto, Villa Urquiza

  • Ambience 80%
  • Service 70%
  • Food 65%
  • Creativity 75%
  • Value 80%

Restaurant Details
Restaurant Details
Le Ble
Locale: Almagro, Belgrano, Caballito, Chacarita, Colegiales, Palermo, Palermo Freud - Sensible, Recoleta, Villa Crespo, Villa Devoto, Villa Urquiza
Address: Av. Callao 1583
Telephone: +54 11 4822-8979
Restaurant Type: Cafe, Casual Dining
Cuisine: Coffee - Bread - Pastries, Sandwiches-Salads
Service Type: Table Service, Take-out
Price: $$$
Menu items offered: Breads and Pastries, Coffee, Croissants, Croque Madame, Desserts, Egg Breakfast Dishes, Espresso, French toast, Salads, Sandwiches, Scrambled Eggs, Waffles
Mon-Fri: 8am to 8pm, Sat-Sun: 9am to 6pm,

Review Summary
Erratic service, quality and execution at this chain of boulangerie-style restaurants. The coffee and croissant are acceptable. Skip lunch and dinner. There are much better options somewhere down the street.

The full review for Le Ble

Review by: Ollie O Rating: 3.4 stars Review Date: 12/04/2017

Le Ble is another one of the many restaurants in Buenos Aires with boulangerie roots. The emphasize is on breads and pastries. The bake big, tasty croissants (the French kind) and big loaves of country bread. They attempt to employ this emphasis in their menu.

There are numerous locations of Le Ble through Buenos Aires. About a dozen or so. Enough to qualify the restaurant as a chain. Both execution and service can vary significantly from location to location, and from one visit to the next. Sometimes the waitresses are attentive and friendly. Other times they have attitudes, look confused, or ignore you.

The menu looks impressive. A big assortment of items. And it’s moderately creative. I was first drawn to the restaurant by its impressive offering of breakfast items on the menu. There’s a Croque Madame, a full American-style breakfast, and an Egg Sandwich, in addition to all of the more typical breads and pastries offered in local cafés and pastelerías. We’ve had them all and were not particularly impressed. Read the review about breakfast at Le Ble here.

The savory items have not fared much better. I had the pork sandwich. It has the potential to be one of the best in the city. The bread was delicious, with bits of melted cheese on top. But the pork was a bit chewy. It would have benefited from being chopped rather than piled on the sandwich in chunks. It was needing dressing or a sauce. And the only other condiment was a pile of undressed arugula leaves. Just a big disappointment.

What about the salmon sandwich and egg sandwich? If size were a category, they’d get extra points for that. They supposedly are served on bagels. Newsflash! Just because something has a hole in the middle doesn’t make it (a) a donut or (b) a bagel. Using that definition, a rubber tire would qualify.

Now I ask you … If your specialty were baking, wouldn’t you master a bread item on your menu? In Le Ble’s defense, they aren’t the only boulangerie or repostería in town that has wholly failed to master the bagel. Supposed experts in this genre, Mooi, Maru Botano and Ninina Bakery have all missed the mark. We’ve only found one place in Buenos Aires that serves real bagels, Sheikob’s Bagels in Palermo Soho.

To add insult to injury, on that salmon sandwich, there was more arugula than there was salmon and bread. On the egg sandwich, there was some ugly, bright orange concoction they called cheddar cheese that looked and tasted like the stuff they pour on nachos at baseball parks in the United States. And the thing they called the bagel was dry and crumbling.

I’m not the only one that thinks this place is barely average. On consumer review sites, Yelp and Tripadvisor, Le Ble only garnered a meager 3.5 stars on both. That puts Le Ble in the bottom 25% of all rated restaurants in Buenos Aires.

With erratic service, quality and execution and barely better than average ambiance, we fail to see why anyone would want to go there for anything other than coffee and croissants. Definitely, skip lunch and dinner at Le Ble. Somewhere down the street does them both better.

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