Bringing dishes that use simple and pure ingredients to create nourishing meals that feed your soul is Le Pain Quotidien, which has branches in a number of cities in the world including in London. Whilst Le Pain Quotidien is an international chain eatery, each branch has a very one-of-a-kind and homely vibe to it, leaving you feeling relaxed and re-energised upon a visit. Examples of branches that can be visited in London are in Covent Garden, Holborn, Tottenham Court Road and St. Pauls. My all-time-favourite, however, and the one that I have to urge you to enjoy has to be the one in Canary Wharf, which is located within Jubilee Place at Unit 84. Having visited this branch on countless occasions, I can confidently attest that it is simply one of the best places to enjoy food for either a quick bite or a leisurely meal with friends and family.
As you enter this branch of Le Pain Quotidien, on the left-hand side you will see a lovely display of freshly prepared goodies for take-away; in front of you is a counter for paying for take-away items; and on the right will be a stand asking you to wait to be seated. As you approach this stand, you will see that the waiters/waitresses immediately notice you and welcome you in with a reassuring smile confirming that you will be looked after here. However, don’t take my word for it, go and see for yourself! Read this informative article to simply tell you about the options that you can order and the overall fantastic experience that you can enjoy for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner!
Masala chai, turmeric latte or matcha latte anyone?
Whatever drink you want, name it and it will be at Le Pain Quotidien. Fancy an espresso, macchiato, cappuccino, latte, mocha, mocha latte? It’s there. Want something a little bit more unusual that does wonders for your health? Try the masala chai, turmeric latte or the matcha latte. If in the mood to indulge, then the Belgian hot chocolate, which is a fluffy cup of hot milk accompanied by a little pot of gorgeous melted chocolate is recommended. For any hot drinks that you order, you have the option of having soya or almond milk for no extra cost.
On the cold drinks side, there are an abundance of choices also available, so I’m confident that at least one will appeal to you if you want something cold and flavoursome. If you’re a fan of fresh juices, then the orange juice, pineapple juice and the combination of fresh melon and apple are definitely recommended as is the homemade lemonade which even comes in a raspberry flavour. If you want an extra cold drink, then the iced options are as chilly as your freezer and are ready to be served up to you. Iced latte, iced mocha, iced matcha tea and even an iced earl grey and orange are on the menu. You can have the drinks to drink in or to-take away or as I sometimes do, in a takeaway cup albeit to drink in (so I can take the whole drink with me if I have to dash off and can’t sit in for as long as planned as there is no way that any of the Le Pain Quotidien goodness should be left behind!).
The scent of the bread will draw you in...
Whether you sit in Le Pain Quotidien or not, there is something that you cannot miss, even if you’re only inside for a second… and that’s the scent of its freshly prepared bread and pastries. “Le Pain Quotidien” translated from French to English is “daily bread” and this place is without doubt the best place to order organic bread. Providing variety, texture and flavour, Le Pain Quotidien has long, slender, classic baguettes, deliciously sweet brioche loaves, chewy hazelnut and raisin flute breads as well as many other options. To embrace a little of all of their breads, I would urge you to order the organic baker’s basket, which comes with organic jams and traditional Belgian organic spreads including the speculoos spread (which is guaranteed to always hit the spot). You can enjoy the bread for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. If, however, you order certain items on the menu, your order will be accompanied by a side of complimentary bread (for which you can, surprisingly, ask for a top-up).
If like me, you are an individual with dietary requirements and/or allergies, the best place to visit is Le Pain Quotidien as you will have oh so many choices that it will be hard to decipher what to order (which is usually a rare occurrence in the majority of restaurants). Examples of options from the menu that are available for breakfast or brunch include avocado toast and scrambled eggs, gluten free organic porridge or a vegan detox bowl that consists of coconut yoghurt, organic buckwheat granola, organic almonds, red berries, pomegranate, banana, omega boasting seeds and organic agave. Options available for lunch and dinner are baked omelettes (such as the super greens and ricotta as featured in the photograph), which is served with a seasonal salad, vegan cauliflower and butternut coconut curry, organic lentil and avocado salad or a Lebanese mezze, which includes chickpea hummus, beetroot hummus, falafel, olives and flatbread. For those seeking a lighter option, whether it be for lunch or dinner, there is always a seasonal organic soup available, which is accompanied by bread.
Learn to cook like Le Pain Quotidien
As you’ve gathered from this article so far, Le Pain Quotidien is all about providing you with feel-good, nourishing, hearty and healthy food with a few options to indulge on the sweet side. If you do have a sweet tooth and your favourite part of any meal is actually dessert, then don’t worry as Le Pain Quotidien believes that if you’re generally a clean eater, then giving yourself a treat is a good thing and in fact, it goes all out in some of the treats that it offers you; so get ready to read about it. Le Pain Quotidien has the following options on its menu: a summer fruits panna cotta tart, ricotta and lime cheesecake, strawberry tart, chocolate bomb, carrot cake and an enormous Manhattan organic chocolate chip cookie. Tempted? Of course you are, who wouldn’t be? I must add though that some of the sweet treats (much like the savoury dishes) are very generous in portion size so you may wish to share.
The quality of the food served at Le Pain Quotidien is sky high and it’s the type of food to impress any true foodie. If you, like I, find that you enjoy the food so much, then you may wish to participate in one of Le Pain Quotidien’s cooking classes that it offers throughout the year in different destinations. Want to learn how to bake gorgeous breads, scones, cakes and tarts? Book yourself onto one of their classes for 48 GBP (59 USD) per person by logging on to the Le Pain Quotidien website. If a cooking class isn’t for you but you would love to take-away some of the spreads, sauces and dips, then you will be able to purchase them in jars of varying sizes within the Le Pain Quotidien restaurant that you visit. The picture above is an example of only one small section of goodies within the Canary Wharf Le Pain Quotidien restaurant that are being sold!
Fresh, vibrant and colourful food
The best part of any day, in my view, is visiting Le Pain Quotidien. The energy running throughout the restaurant is positive, the food is always perfect and beautifully presented; it’s fresh, vibrant and colourful. The service is quick, helpful and personable. It is a place where traditional simplicity is cherished, portion sizes are generous and it is certainly excellent value for money. The cost per person for a hearty meal and a drink is approximately 15 GBP (20 USD). If you choose to visit the Canary Wharf Le Pain Quotidien, then I would recommend requesting that you either sit in one of the booths at the back, as they are spacious and more private or consider sitting by the bookshelf, where you can sit in comfortable armchairs, read a book and watch the world go by (but be prepared for onlookers to stare at your gorgeous meal from the outside!). Please do note that the Le Pain Quotidien menu does have some items that change seasonally, so you may not be able to find all the items listed in this review in the Le Pain Quotidien that you visit (however, whatever you find, will certainly make you happy!).
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