Breakfast at Le Ble
Palermo Viejo . Buenos Aires
- Ambience 70%
- Service 70%
- Food (Execution) 70%
- Creativity 80%
- Value 80%
Breakfast at Le Ble
Telephone: +54 911 4864-2814
Restaurant Type: Cafe, Casual Dining
Cuisine: Price: $$$ Hours: Sun - Sat 8 am to 8 pm[/types] [/types] [/types]
Summary of Review
Restaurant Review for Breakfast at Le Ble
Le Ble is a French bakery/boulangerie and restaurant bundled into one. You can buy big loaves of a variety of fresh-baked breads, classic French baguettes, pastries, and of course, Argentine medialunas (croissants).
But Le Ble also offers a wide range of breakfast items, salads and sandwiches.
There are somewhere around 15 locations throughout Buenos Aires, I’ve found that the service, prices and quality of the food can vary significantly from one location to another.
I’ve tried three different breakfast items at Le Ble and this review reflects my experience at the location in Palermo, which is the preferred location of those I’ve visited.
One option is the Bagel Americano. Avoid it. Every now and then restaurants in Buenos Aires attempt to recreate something from the outside world and in putting their own little spin on it, screw it up entirely. And that’s exactly what Le Ble did with the Bagel Americano (ham, eggs and cheese on a what they call a bagel).
The problem? The bagel’s not a bagel. Worse yet, on the day we ordered this breakfast sandwich the “not-bagel” was dry and crumbling, making it almost impossible to hold the sandwich.
Next deficiency? They put some nasty bright orange substance they call cheese that resembled Cheese Whiz (a.k.a. ballpark nacho cheese). Whatever you call, it’s not appetizing.
There were two other ingredients on the Bagel Americano, ham and egg. They got those two items right. But when you fail on 50% of the ingredients you tend to have a less than favorable result. They should fix this breakfast sandwich. First, use real cheese. Second, learn to bake a real bagel or better yet, serve the sandwich on a buttered poppy-seed bun, toasted on the grill and rename it the Breakfast Yack.
The Croque Madame? There are only handful of places that have a Croque Madame on the menu in Buenos Aires. There is restaurant chain that is similar to Le Ble, called Croque Madame that serves a total failure. You’d think if they named the restaurant after a food item they could get it right. The one at Le Ble is quite good, though. Again, they made the wrong choice of bread for this application, in my opinion. The brioche-style bread they used was too crumbly and sweet. Just a plain ole white bread (pan de miga in Argentina) properly fried in butter would be better suited. Otherwise, this was a good rendition. I hope to get to know the cooks well enough to get them to make the bread modification for me in the future.
I’ve also tried the Desayuno de Viaje, which is an American-style breakfast, complete with undercooked (as usual, in Buenos Aires) pancetta and sausage (although nothing close to the type of sausage you would typically see on an American or British breakfast plate). But at least they’re making the effort to put something other than a croissant on the breakfast menu. Kudos for that.
Despite the list of shortcomings, the only one of the items that isn’t worth ordering, in my opinion, is that Bagel Americano. The Croque Madame is the best you’ll find in Buenos Aires (other than in my kitchen).
Le Ble - Palermo
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