I have walked past Le Pain Quotidien (“LPQ”) in Surry Hills many times now but have never actually been in there. I am not quite sure why as I love bread, pastries, tarts and coffee and everything that has a little bit of French touch!
I was catching up with the lovely N, she is due to give birth soon (probably would have given birth by the time she reads this!), and wanted one last girlie catch up. I didn’t realise that they had a branch in Leichardt! From memory, there are four LPQ’s around Sydney – Surry Hills, Bondi Junction, Leichardt and in the not-so-new Westfield Sydney.
The LPQ in Leichardt is on Norton Street, right opposite the Norton Street Plaza. I love the comfy fit out, the communal table in the middle and the outdoor setting. It’s a very cozy café, I love the ambiance and the display of scrumptious looking cakes and pastries. I wanted one of each! I was quite impressed with the breakfast menu, it had variety ranging from porridge, to muesli to bacon and eggs and if you wanted something more simple, bread with Belgian praline spread. From memory, we went to something very similar in Paris!
The large bowl of coffee was nice but a little unsatisfying! The coffee was weak, but the temperature and smoothness was perfect. It was a shame, as I was looking forward to their coffee.
I wanted something healthy and opted for the bircher muesli ($5.95). The bircher muesli which consisted of oats, raisins, and nuts were soaked in orange juice and then topped with strawberries, yogurt and icing sugar was delicious. The bowl was deceiving; the muesli was moist and it was incredibly filling!
N opted for croissants, 2 croissants which were served with butter. The croissants were warm, buttery, and incredibly flaky! I couldn’t help but smother it with extra butter, talk about butter overload! It was wonderful though, oh how i heart buttery croissants! N really enjoyed it.
I couldn’t help but drool at the counter and ‘had’ to get some pastries for afternoon tea and desserts! This cafe is bright with a rustic charm, pity the coffee wasn’t great, but will definitely try their other locations.
Unfortunately, ‘The Mother’ demolished both the almond croissants and chocolate tart before I could even take a photo of it! He did say that they were ‘yummy’ – standard response!
N adores this cafe and I can see why. The temptation is far too great for me, I have no self control! It was so lovely to catch up with N, I look forward to meeting your baby soon.
GA’s ratings: 7 / 10
Le Pain Quotidien
54 Norton Street
Ph: +61 2 9564 0099