Restaurant review #21 – Chances are you’ve probably been in one of the many establishments worldwide of Le Pain Quotidien. Or at least you’ve seen one of them! There is also one in the heart of Bruges, near the central market place and the Burg. Pain Quotidien is French for Daily Bread. They sell a wide variety of bread over the counter, and you can also sit down for breakfast, lunch or just a coffee with some baked goodies. The restaurant always has one large communal table (for 10 people or more), but also other tables for 2 if you want to have a more private conversation. There’s always something vegan available and vegan items are clearly marked on the menu card. Le Pain Quotidien confirmed to us that the bread served at the table is always vegan. Most of the breads sold over the counter are also vegan, but the raisin bread (kramiek), sugar bread and brioche are non-vegan. We were at Le Pain Quotidien in Bruges for lunch on a Friday, and the place was packed. It was a beautifull sunny day though, and there was still room at the terrace in the back of the restaurant. I was happy to be able to sit outside, as the indoor place was very loud and crowded. The terrace has one large communal table and a couple of tables for 2.
We ordered these:
- small bowl of soup of the day (always vegan; 4,50€)
- a quinoa salad, with grilled zucchini and eggplant, hummus, with a caviar of red beets and lentils (14,90€)
- and the Oriental dish: tahini, hummus of red beet and lentils with lemon zest, with salad and sundried tomatoes (14,10 €).
The food was good, fresh, and came with a variety of breads, with lost of prepacked dairybutter on the side though (although we had explicitly asked for vegan, and these dishes are marked on the menu as being vegan). We returned them and asked whether there wasn’t any vegan butter, but that wasn’t available. Service was rather slow (very friendly though), and seemed a bit chaotic (we could overhear mixed up orders on other tables).
All in all, nice food, but a bit overpriced for being a rather ‘light snack’ lunch.
Being a nice summer day, we were happy to sit outside! Pity about the (near) dead plants on the terrace. Ouch!
There is a “Le Pain Quotidien” in Antwerp, Bruges, Brussels, Charleroi, Ghent, Hasselt, Knokke-Heist, Leuven, Luik, Mechelen, Mons, Namen, Nijvel, Waterloo, Waver and Wemmel. Le Pain Quotidien is open from 7AM, so you can also get breakfast. No late dinners though as it closes around 7 in the evening.