Without fail, every single weekend (at least those that I actually spend in London) I wiggle my way out of bed shy of midday, and make my way down to Le Pain Quotidien on Great Marlborough Street, Soho. Usually I ignore the wet-from-the-London-drizzle outdoor seats and head straight indoors towards the large communal tables (or smaller private tables, if that’s what you prefer), all made from reclaimed or reused sources.
I order my English breakfast tea, which I learned when I came to England that it’s just breakfast tea here because well, of course it’s English, like I was supposed to know that. And without fail (and I promise I’m not lying, I’ve never ordered anything else for breakfast here) I also order the granola parfait with organic yoghurt and fresh fruits. It’s served in a tall dessert style glass, and my inner child bubbles with glee because it actually kinda feels like I’m having dessert at breakfast!
The granola parfait is topped with seasonal fruits, which can be limiting at times, but yesterday’s tease of a heatwave in London (a glorious 26 degrees and clear blue skies) brought with it tropical fruits atop my granola, including juicy luscious pieces of mango.
I often hazard a glance at the rest of Le Pain Quotidien’s menu, and even at the specials board sometimes, and although they offer the freshest of fresh breads and drool worthy deli style platters, I’m a creature of habit and will stick to my granola parfait for as long as it will have me.
Update 9-June: I’ve gone renegade and concocted my own version!