Le Pain Quotidien
Recoleta . Buenos Aires
- Ambience 80%
- Service 70%
- Food (Execution) 90%
- Creativity 80%
- Value 80%
Le Pain Quotidien
Address: Posadas 1402
Restaurant Type: Cafe, Casual Dining
Hours: Mon-Fri 8 am to 9 pm[/types] Sat-Sun 9 am to 8 pm[/types] [/types]
Summary of Review
Restaurant Review for Le Pain Quotidien
Rating: 4.2 stars
You don’t have to be a food critic to appreciate aesthetics and good food. It comes naturally to most people. Why then do so many restaurateurs have so much trouble providing these two basic elements? No such problem at Le Pain Quotidien.
Unlike the hordes of businesses in Buenos Aires that put French monikers on their entrance doors and front display windows to appear cosmopolitan or European, Le Pain Quotidien has a much better excuse … it’s French. The owner and master baker (and brilliant businessman) behind this café cum bakery cum bistro chain, Alain Coumont, grew up in France and Belgium and has brought his love of baking (in a way only a Frenchman can do it) to Buenos Aires.
I’m no free range, give me only organic, fanatic, but even I can appreciate a restaurant that places quality, healthy ingredients, freshly prepared at the top of the priority list. The more you visit the place, the more comfortable you become.
I was, of course, excited to see eggs on the menu. Free range eggs at that. Nothing better than an egg that has been given plenty of space to develop. Just kidding. It’s a well-known fact that hens that are given a little room to ruffle their feathers lay better tasting eggs. On the first visit I ordered the poached egg on country bread with a little sprinkling of micro-greens on the side. All very healthy but that bread could have used a little butter and a few minutes face down in a cast iron pan. But just to have the poached egg was a treat.
On my next visit to Le Pain Quotidien I threw a curve ball at the waiter. I played the same trick I did on the staff at Oui Oui in Palermo. I ordered the ham and cheese croissant with a poached egg of the side. This egg sandwich is something I merely call “the Gringo”. The only problem is that it came out on the tiny little plate they serve the sandwich on that had no edges to catch the oozing yolk of the poached egg. My next curve ball will be to request a regular plate. This may totally confuse the brigade of cooks and waiters. I’ll update you on the results in a future post.
Service is up to snuff. Ambiance is beyond good. They even have a website that is informative and compelling.
If you’re staying at the Alvear Hotel, The 4 Seasons, the Park Hyatt or any one of the dozens of hotels within a few blocks and want a casual and pleasant place to sip on a good cup of coffee, have a nice breakfast, lunch or afternoon coffee or tea break, you won’t find a better spot in Recoleta than Le Pain Quotidien. And, of course, with so much praise, it obviously serves eggs for breakfast. Enjoy.