Sunday, 18 March 2012

Crappy breakfast en Paris




 




  


London, I'm sorry. It was a crisp sunny day, I had dreams of flaky croissants resting on copies of Le Figaro, a snatched cafe au lait in the shadow of Notre Dame... I was lulled by the romance of breakfast in Paris.

I was wrong, I was blinded by notions of the Gallic "small lunch". It was, how you say, boff.

The pictures above look fanciful but Le Cafe Marly was nothing better than a peachy location (in the courtyard of the Louvre). Best bit? Looking down into one of the gallery's sculpture halls en route to the loo. Worst bit? Paying £15 for an odd-tasting green tea, a diminutive plate of passable pastries and a lovely orange presse.

Next day, a more promising find. An airy cafe near the Bourse with huge communal tables bearing jam pots and papers. I forget the name, for it was not memorable. Cool hot chocolate, so-so bread, overdone scrambled egg not cooked to order, underdone boiled egg and a surly waitress.

Paris, j'adore, but not for breakfast.

If you have a recommendation for breakfast in Paris, please share it will the Muesli Lover using the comment form. Merci.

2 comments:

  1. Bonjour. Sorry to hear about your crap breakfast experience in Paris, but as they say here, "c'est normale". Le Café Marly - like with all other Costes brothers joint – is an overpriced waste of time. And Le Pain Quotidien (where it seems you brunched) for all its natural looks/vibe is a huge Belgian chain.

    Not to toot our own horn too much, but, well, that's why I'm here: The next time you're in Paris on a weekend, feel free to come to Coutume Café, where we take over the kitchen for the weekend brunch service.

    We make our own granola from scratch, create new proper-brunch dishes every weekend, and should you just want eggs we make them to order. (The majority of food you eat in Paris is pre-made en masse, hence why waitstaff get hostile about any changes to what the so-called "chefs" have "created".) On top of that, since we're encamped at one of Paris' few specialty coffeehouses, you'll get great coffee to accompany our awesome f***ing food.

    À bientôt ;)

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  2. Thanks for your comment. Great to know there's breakfast hope in the City of Light. That place certainly wasn't branded Pain... and the service/food was a lot worse, but it may have been Pain by stealth I guess. Will definitely come by Coutume next time we're in Paris. Your place sounds awesome. ML

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