Sometimes it’s the simplest things that impress the most. A perfect toasted Ham and Cheese Croissant ($6.50) made with Gruyere cheese, and served with crisp thin slices of cucumber and radish, and a small pot containing three mustards, won me over here.
Where's here, you ask? Well I am dining at a reasonably new entry to the Norton Street dining scene - Le Pain Quotidien. The space is bright, with a warmth and rustic charm which you’ll enjoy as you dine at the communal table, or at smaller surrounding tables.
Cupping my hands around a warm bowl of well-made Caffè Latte ($4.50) was a perfect antidote to the chilly air; and their Mocha ($5.00) attested to the use of good quality chocolate.
Daytime dining options include Tartines (open sandwiches) and a rich Ham and Gruyere Organic Omelette ($13.50).
Perhaps an Organic Egg with Hollandaise Sauce ($12) served with toast and salad, with optional Ham ($14) or Smoked Salmon ($16)?
There’s also a selection of bakery treats, freshly made breads, brioche, muffins, and croissants - available as eat-in or take-away treats.
Beyond the bakery, the shelves contain an array of other products. I was very happy to take home my own jar of the addictive Natural Black Olives ($10.90) and the Poivre Noir de la Cote de Malabar ($20), a great black pepper with grinder.
You can also catch them for an early dinner from 6pm every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. They also run a monthly business card draw which is apparently worth entering - this month I won (the prize being a $50 voucher), so we'll be going to try their evening offerings some time soon. I will report back as to how it goes!
Le Pain Quotidien
54 Norton Street, Leichhardt
Ph: (02) 9564 0099