Wednesday 16 August 2006 5.24pm
I'd disagree that Le Pain Quotidien
is corporate and would recommend it to anyone.
It's lovely. Yes, I'm sure business people go in there, but I wouldn't have said it would make a suitable venue for a business meeting at all, so I'm not too concerned about it getting overrun with suits.
They serve their (excellent) coffee in bowls, with a jug of hot steamed milk, it's fantastically authentic. The bread is organic and delicious and on the tables there are jars of the most fantastic praline spread I have ever tried - you can just help yourself. I order bread as an excuse to eat some of this fabulous praline spread. There are also lovely jams, etc, as well. You can buy bread, all of the spreads and preserves, and all manner of other lovely French / Belgian delicacies (olives, artichokes, etc).
The decor is (obviously) based around the arches - the exposed brick is lovely as ever. They even have Aveda handwash in the bathrooms (this made my day!).
A truly great addition to our lovely area.