Le Pain Quotidien

Restaurants, Pâtisseries Soho
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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.

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Venue name: Le Pain Quotidien
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Address: 18 Great Marlborough Street
London
W1F 7HS
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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Eloise
tastemaker

Anywhere that serves coffee in a bowl is a win with me. I came for a business breakfast and was pleasantly surprised with the healthier approach to their menu. I can’t deny that the food is overpriced and my breakfast – the vegan detox bowl – was small but was extremely tasty and presented well. The eggs and avocado that was leaving the kitchen also looked wonderful. Our service was quick and they were very attentive. I’d definitely consider coming again but this isn’t the place I’d choose to spend my Saturday mornings.

Ioanna La
Tastemaker

I really love Le Pain, but most of all I love their banoffee pie. This coffee cup they have that you put your hands around so you keep warm over the winter, or the tables outside during the warmer days, make it one of my favourite coffee places in the city centre even though I usually avoid chains. Their flexible opening hours and convenient location are definitely a plus. They have some seriously good spreads, too, which you can also buy and take home with you! Dark chocolate spread is addictive and highly recommended. Le Pain is nothing too exceptional, but it is definitely reliable every time! Recommended for a casual meeting over coffee!

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
tastemaker

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
Tastemaker

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