Le Pain Quotidien

Restaurants, Pâtisseries Soho
  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Part of LPQ’s popularity lies in the fact that many people believe eating here is cheaper than going to a restaurant. Yet it’s not cheap, and 12.5% service charge is routinely added to diners’ bills. Open sandwiches, the core of the menu, arrive on flat white platters that make it easy for them to go flying across the table when cut. Harissa and ricotta proved a good combination with rocket and tomato on earthy bread, but was hardly sparkling fare. An evening menu proffers the likes of hot lyonnaise salad, confit duck or grilled sirloin. Desserts range from Aussie pavlova to American brownies; a Belgian sugar waffle represents the chain’s motherland.


Venue name: Le Pain Quotidien
Address: 18 Great Marlborough Street
Opening hours: Open 7.30am-10pm Mon-Fri; 9am-10pm Sat; 9am-7pm Sun.
Transport: Tube: Oxford Circus tube
Price: Main courses £3.50-£9.95.
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Average User Rating

2.5 / 5

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Emily C

This place is great for a casual weekend catch up. Their almond croissants are superb and obviously freshly baked. There is a 12.5% service charge added to the price which may up the price beyond what you would want to pay for a casual brunch/lunch but I couldn't fault the food I had, which was served in generous portions. Would definitely try it again.

Sarah J

I think this is a great spot to meet up with friends to catch up when you want slightly more than coffee but not necessarily a full-blown meal. But I agree with other reviews in that it is overpriced for what it is. I did enjoy the steaming bowl of fresh ginger, lemon and honey and the waitress kindly refilled this with hot water for me when it ran cold. I think the signiature dish is definitely the gorgeously topped pavlovas - so if you want to give it a try, I would go for the pavlova and I can assure that you won't be disappointed. 

Poppy L

I tried the soho branch of this French chain over the weekend and was a little disappointed. We sat outside and were completely forgotten, having to go inside when we wanted a menu, to order and to eventually pay. The food was reasonable and tasty like the other branches, but I don't think I'll be in a rush to return. The toilets were a 5/10!

Amanda S

Very unpleasant experience! Staff is disinterested and have not seen a genuine smile. I am not a coffee expert but clearly could see the milk was reheated and tasted like the worst instant. Cannot tell much about the food because we simply lost our appetite. Should have avoid it.

Tim S

I live near this Pain Quotidien and it nearly always has a good vibe. Sure food can cost as much as a regular restaurant. On the other hand you can chill and drink coffee (£2.50) in a way you wouldn't in a regular restaurant.

city of London dweller

If you sell tea to the British, then at least get it right. £1.80 for a large cup of hot milk with grey undertones doth not a cup of tea maketh! Joke. Ridiculous price and bad experience

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