Thursday, April 9, 2009

Le Pain Quotidien - Breakfast place in Belguim

Breakfast is a meal most often eaten in the morning, of course, no matter how late you wake up. Actually, this Breakfast word came about because it means breaking the fast after one has not eaten since the night before.

What about breakfast in Belgium? It normally consists of breads, toasted or untoasted, with several marmalades, jams, and nut spreads, such as Nutella or just with a bar of chocolate. Other common toppings include sliced meats and cheeses. Pastries and croissants may be served on. Belgians often enjoy coffee, tea, hot chocolate, water, or fresh juice with breakfast too.

Now, look at what we had for breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien Shop ... Actually, this shop is a franchise type of patisseries under the company name of Village du Pain. Le Pain Quotidien also has stores in Belgium, France, Switzerland, Turkey, USA (New York, California and DC), Australia, Canada, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Qatar and Bahrain.

But for me, since I saw this shop first time in Antwerp, this is a kind of my dream shop ... I still want to own this kind of shop where customers can eat and drink with no rush. Owner no need to prepare anything much since most of food were pre-made, just greeting and delivering foods to customers only.

Same as Le Pain Quitidien, there was only 2 waitresses for getting order, delivering food, getting money. In addition, they knew where was the territory between shop staff vs. customers since customers would easily sat and read newspaper with no disturbing. Look at the overall shop design (easy wooden style which look comfort and calm) while the way they serve including the utensil (plain but with design which also make easy and comfort feeling). I just wonder how comes Belgian people don't need to rush for working ?!?!

Bread (sliced sour dough bread and croissants) were served in basket which was linened with grey clothes -- no plate since customers were served with marble board and knife. Coffee or Tea were served in a cup (no ear, then it's more like a bowl). Same as when ordering tea, it was served with no ear cup (in the pictures below are one cup over the other since we ordered mint green tea -- green tea bag was in small cup while fresh mint tea was in the pot). All jams and spreads were left on table -- so envy weather & temperature in Belgium since in Thailand we can't leave them like this ...

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