Thursday, September 24, 2015

Le Pain Quotidien @ Mall of the Emirates, Dubai

Founded in Brussels nearly 25 years ago, the Le Pain Quotidien brand of bakery-restaurants has spread across the globe, from New York to London, Mexico City to Mumbai to Moscow, Istanbul to Tokyo to Sydney. Its outpost in Dubai's Mall of the Emirates is a fiercely popular lunchtime spot; if you succeed in securing a table, you'll be fast rewarded as a friendly server comes around with complimentary bread & a sampling of spreads, from speculoos cookie butter to sun-dried tomato paste. 

With a menu this extensive, there are bound to be both hits & misses - we'd ecstatically endorse the thick, steaming-hot lentil soup & the creamy, chilled chia seed porridge with oranges, yoghurt & honey, as well as the tartine topped with grilled shrimp, guacamole & parmesan. The Angler Brunch surfaces as a satisfyingly hearty platter of smoked salmon & soft-boiled egg with with croissant, baguette & granola parfait, while the scrambled organic eggs come spiced with harissa, capsicum & tomatoes. Pumpkin soup proves encouragingly well-tuned in both taste & texture, while salmon is paired with quinoa risotto that's pretty punchy in flavour. We'd probably skip the lacklustre beef bourguignon though, & we'd certainly shun the sourish hummus.

Surprisingly, most of the desserts we sampled were disappointing - the mixed berries tart, chocolate eclair, oatmeal-banana cake & cream mille-feuille all tasted either past their prime or poorly stored. The only one we liked was the plum-quinoa tart. Coffee is available, but for something more interesting, go for the hot saffron tea.

Le Pain Quotidien
Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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14 comments:

  1. I like the name of the place "The Daily Bread", very heartwarming! The food looks pretty good, too! There is nothing like freshly baked bread! :)

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    1. Linda: yes, that's a very evocative name :) and yep, i'd happily eat that entire basket of fresh bread :D

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  2. "Organic food is what our grandparents called food." Interesting. A little learning isn't really a dangerous thing, eh? We have a bakery here named "Daily Bread" but I don't think there's anything organic there.

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, it's fascinating but also scary to see how food production has evolved in the past century :) daily bread sounds like a good name for any bakery cafe :)

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  3. This looks right up my alley. I'd love to dig into that bread bowl.

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    1. The Yum List: would gladly share that bread with you for a satisfying breakfast! :)

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  4. My legs will go jelly by just staring at those loaves!

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    1. Ken: I consider that a good sign! :D

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  5. omg, u are so fast in writing up!
    I miss the food here. they are all so yummy (erm, not those cakes. hehe)
    and i bought the bread spread too! it expensive but worth spending on.

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    1. Ai Wei: heheh, ya, surprising hor, i think we all expected the cakes to be delicious, but something went wrong there.
      ohhh, i didn't know you bought the spread ... nice! especially since some of the flavours cannot be found in KL :D

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  6. So now including EDD version? Eat Drink Dubai. haha. I been here few times, love the egg benedicts :)

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    1. Irvine: haha, EDD only for a short period of time :) sounds like the savoury dishes here are the ones to order instead of the desserts, heh :)

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  7. I like chia seed, very healthy! But have never tried it in porridge, sound interesting.

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    1. CK: ya, when i saw that on the menu, i knew i had to order it :D

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