Step-in through the front door and get instantly transported to Europe. Le Pain Quotidien makes me feel that way, every time I visit their New Canaan location. It is such a delightful place, with a very friendly, buzzing vibe. The communal tables at the heart of the restaurant make me feel like I am on a vacation, eating at a hidden gem, in Europe.
Delicious smell of freshly baked bread hits my senses as I walk in and my belly instantly rumbles and notifies me that I “must” have some of it right away. :-) So I do!
I love their Tartines! They have so many delicious varieties. My favorite is “Curry Chicken Salad Tartine”. Light, fresh flavors. Perfect rustic bread with a wonderful crust, and a delicious Harissa Cranberry Sauce to complete the dish. “Smoked Salmon Tartine with Avacado and Dill” is another one of my favorites.
The menu is pretty extensive with selections of soups, salads and breakfast items. It is a perfect spot for lunch or brunch.
Many people stop by just to pick up some wonderful varieties of breads being baked fresh daily. If this restaurant/bakery was in my town – I would be there every single day – just for their breads. I kid you not!
And to top it all off … they have desserts! Take your pick: Mousse, Tarts, Cookies, Waffles, Macaroons, Meringue! I must admit, their wide array of dessert choices do make me a very happy foodie!
This time I tried the Berry Tart. It was perfect little portion of heaven. As you know, Berry Tarts are available everywhere these days, but this one is truly special. The cream is so delicate in its flavor and lightly sweetened. It does not overwhelm the berries. Close your eyes…savor the bite and you will notice the difference.
When I get tired of going to the Same Ol’ Same Ol’ type of places…I head over to Le Pain Quotidien. Be sure to check them out in New Canaan or Greenwich.