We had brunch plans for Good Friday, but knew we had to have a small brekkie beforehand, since Mexican meal times are much later than we’re accustomed to. We wandered around and saw a nice outdoor patio for Le Pain Quotidien. We had been to this restaurant once before, in New York City and actually had a very bad experience (bad customer service; they charged us for oatmeal and then didn’t have any, so they got mad at us for wanting our money back, as if it were our fault!), but decided to try it in Mexico City. I had a freshly made green juice and a pain au chocolat (or pan de chocolate as it’s called here) and both were good. Little did we know that our family friends wanted to take us to the very same place for brunch! We returned a couple of hours later and this time I had an open faced sandwich with jamón Serrano, pesto, and fresh mozzarella. The ingredients were fresh, flavourful, and tasty. The meal was both light and filling, and still left me room for dessert, which you don’t want to skip at this bakery. I had a rich, chocolatey tart that I’d highly recommend, except that I don’t know what it’s called. Our family friends simply asked for a variety of pastries and desserts to be brought to our table and we selected from a big tray. I’m pleased to have had a good experience at this famous café after the negative experience in New York. I’d recommend Le Pain Quotidien if you like sweets or if you want a fairly light, simple meal.
Ratings (on a scale of 1-5):
Food taste: 3.5
Food portion size: 4
Food health: 3.5
Décor: 3 (we ate on the patio)
Ambiance: 3 (not bad, but not especially good)
Music: n/a (not sure if they play music inside, but we couldn’t hear any on the patio)