A vegetarian hoping to find some great vegetarian-friendly outlets, a free-spirit on a mission to find some 'heart' in and around the UAE.
Published August 30th 2013
Summer Treats at Le Pain
You know when you first go to hang out with a new friend,outside of a setting such as work or training, where you normally meet each other? And you give them the choice of picking a place, hoping they make a good choice? Well, after several attempts to set up a rendezvous with a friend of mine, we finally got together. She picked Le Pain Quotidien, exposing her good taste.
Well, she got some brownie points for that. And I fell in love with Le Pain once again.
My romance with this bakery/cafe began in their last branch in Abu Dhabi. At first friends and I were drawn in by its casual, woody, warm décor. I must add that one of its endearing characteristics is that all the furniture is made of reclaimed wood.
It started with a cup of coffee and then from one visit to the other I tried some delicious gratines, various types of bread, pastries, their amazing fresh pain chocolat, and fruit tarts.
The staff are also a friendly bunch and have recommended some good food and helped me out for a few birthday surprises.
My recent visit to Le Pain in Dubai was the first time I really looked at their salad section for all they had to offer vegetarians. Each dish sounded enticing with a variety of freshness, cheese and dressings. When my eye fell on the goat cheese salad, I knew it was the one for me.
I was served a whole load of 'yumminess', as my friend put it. My salad was full of summer goodness - raspberries, slices of green apple, walnuts, a mountain of greens, balsamic vinegar, and some honey-based dressing that was drizzled over my favourite part, the goat cheese. Of course, me being me, I couldn't help but order a nice, hot Americano to go with my meal.
Sticking with the feel of summer, my friend ordered a refreshing cucumber soup, a dish she highly recommends. It's one of those, 'once you go green you can't go back' situations. She thoroughly enjoyed it and claimed that it has never failed her.