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Le pain quotidien, worth going?

food for life May 7, 2008 06:24 AM

Just wondering if anyone has been there recently, and if it's worth it. I'm planning on going tomorrow.
I've been to the one in NY in the UES, cute waiters.
I had a email from sweetspot saying they were opening in March so I drove by, and they weren't opened yet. Guesse they got there dates wrong.

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  1. Leslieville RE: food for life May 7, 2008 07:00 AM

    If you do a search, there is quite a long thread on this. The general concensus seems to be that they're not all that reat.

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      magic RE: food for life May 7, 2008 07:30 AM

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/419821

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        snoobie RE: food for life May 7, 2008 09:31 AM

        I was extremely disappointed in the sandwich that I ate. The bread was ok.... the pastry ok..... I heard from others that they were also disappointed in the main dishes.

        1. sloweater RE: food for life May 7, 2008 10:59 AM

          Joanne Kates savaged them in the Globe and Mail this past Saturday. I would have to agree with most of what she said.

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            mrbozo RE: sloweater May 7, 2008 11:11 AM

            Save your shekels and head to Montreal to indulge in French/Belgian pastries and bread. Beautiful city and the epicentre of Gallic gastronomy in North America.

            OK, Thuet, Pain Perdu, Ace Bakeries, and the Dominion stores that carry Première Moisson baked goods get it right most of the time. Otherwise, sadly, long live the Vienna stick and the horseshoe-shaped bun.

          2. sugarcube RE: food for life May 7, 2008 06:38 PM

            The new Eglinton location is a nice spot for lunch/brunch if you happen to be in the area, but not worth a specific trip over there.

            I chose their apple turnover. Decent flaky texture, but the interior was filled with applesauce and not chunks of apple (what I envision in a usual turnover). However, I would be cautious about asking their items to be warmed up. Mine was overheated: the pastry became slightly chewy :( and the applesauce was like molten lava.

            1. Googs RE: food for life May 8, 2008 07:47 AM

              Here is the previous LPQ thread and a link to the Kates review to give some context to this discussion:
              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/419821
              http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servle...

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