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Mar 28, 2011 01:58 PM

Currently in Paris: Brief report on Des Gateaux et du Pain; seeking advice on Le Grand Pan

Des Gateaux et du Pain:

I arrived shortly after 8am (around 8:05), hoping to try their warm croissants. Unfortunately, the "trip" turned out to be a letdown because the croissants that I got were no longer warm. Should I have specifically requested that it be hot from the oven? The croissants were pretty good, but not as crispy as I would like.


Le Grand Pan:

I will be eating here later this week. Am planning to order the cotes du porc for 2. As a solo diner, will there be room for anything else? I saw their menu, and would like to order a starter and/or dessert, but am worried about ordering way too much food.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. The porc is about a light kilo, you can always order more stuff and you do not have to finish, unless you eat like Uhockey and then you would get the porc and the veal cotes and finish both.

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    1. re: Delucacheesemonger

      Post-visit follow-up:

      Turns out that I didn't need to worry. Le Grand Pan serves up demi portions of the porc as well.

      At first, I thought the manager was telling me that one person could finish the whole portion. That was a misunderstanding, and he was really saying that demi portions are an option for individual diners.

      Finished off an entree, demi portion of the porc, and dessert, pas de probleme. The pork was really great. Many thanks to everyone who recommended this great find!!

      1. You could have specifically requested that your croissant be hot from the oven; I doubt that they would roll out dough, shape the croissant, proof and bake it while you wait. Maybe for Catherine Deneuve or Carla Bruni. Bakery schedules are not set in stone. Croissants are one of those fleeing things; a perfect one doesn't come along often. A pretty good one usually make my day.

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        1. re: PBSF

          Deluca -- Thanks, that's exactly what I was hoping to learn. If the cote du porc is gonna be around two pounds, I think I will be able to handle this and a starter. Might have to take a "pass" on dessert. Unfortunately, I can't eat like Uhockey can.

          PBSF -- Thanks for the cheer-me-up. I think it was Nancy S. who posted that everything at DGEDP was "exquisitely warm" at 8am. Reading that post really got my hopes up for something awesome. Oh well. If I run into Madame Deneuve while she is out shopping for bread, I will beg her to purchase a croissant for me.

          1. re: nl06

            Madame Deneuve has been rumored to stop by around 8am at Gerard Mulot on Sundays for her fill of breakfast pastries. She double parks, runs in and picks up her order, sunglasses and all.
            It is possible to get warm breakfast pastries. The best chance to find them is at a good boulangerie near where you are staying at and check out what just came out of the oven when they open. May not be a plain croissant but maybe a pain au raisin, almond croissant, etc, . When I show up at my favorite neighborhood boulangerie, Moulin de la Vierge at around 7:30, there are always a few things that are just out of the oven, still too hot to eat or even wrapped for bringing back to our apartment. Trekking across town in such an early hour is very admirable.

            1. re: PBSF

              Mme Deneuve has also been spotted more than once enjoying her wonton at Mirama!

              1. re: Parigi

                Thanks for the tip. Definitely have to drop by at Mirama more often.

            2. re: nl06

              My apologies for leading you astray. In September, I bought croissants and chausson aux pommes at Des Gateaux et du Pain every day for a week at 8am (I would wait outside until they opened the doors), and each time they were warm.

              1. re: Nancy S.

                No worries, Nancy S. When one door closes, another one opens. After leaving DGEDP, I walked around the neighborhood and stumbled upon Gare Montparnasse.

                Found the Baillardran stand, and guess what -- the canelé traditionnel were warm. So, the food gods were not entirely cruel to me that day.

                But I am jealous that you were able to enjoy warm croissants every day for a week last fall!

              2. re: nl06

                For reasons that have always been obscure to me, some of the chic-est viennoiseries do not deliver warm breakfast pastries at breakfast time. It's as if the croissants and all had been made the night before and sometimes if you drop in at a random time during the day, you may come in ready for the new batch.

                I think warm breakfast pastries at breakfast times are the minimum syndical one could ask for.