Posts Tagged ‘breakfast’

Resto 61 Strada Café, Paris

November 8, 2017


Waiting for the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature to open I needed coffee and I knew where to get it. Strada Café is an old friend but I’ve never dined there. Not having eaten anything since the Phil Collins Anguish I was quite peckish.

I asked for toast, jam and a noisette and was informed that I should get the set breakfast for €10.50. Quite pricy you might say but this is the hipstier end of the Marais and that’s the way things roll around here. The portion was generous – 4 slices of excellent grilled bread with some figgy jam and a stodge bonus of a dinky croissant. The juice was freshly squeezed and a powerful hangover suppressant. The coffee, as always here, was as good as it gets.

The room is pleasant and the clientèle upscale locals and well-heeled visitors. I felt a lot better when I came out than I did when I went in, and that’s worth a few euros premium on the average Parisian caff. I can’t remember the music so it obviously wasn’t too traumatic or loud.

Oh, and the Sophie Calle exhibition at the MdlCeN is a must-see if you’re in Paris. Witty, sometimes profound and occasionally creepy. Just like the museum itself.

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Review #55 Le Pointu, Marseille

June 22, 2016

The morning after Iceland v Hungary and the square out the back of the hotel was being vigorously de-Magyared by the Marseille street cleaners. I had a wander round looking for a place for breakfast but decided that sometimes it’s good just to do the obvious and plonked myself outside Le Pointu among my fellow tourists. A good choice.

As in O’Monaco I went for the formule of juice, croissant and coffee. For a euro more I got a much better croissant (significantly butterier) and freshly squeezed juice, as well as a good coffee and service with a smile. The square’s a pretty good place to hang out and read the paper for half an hour. With the sun out and the sound of seagulls in the air it felt almost as good as being on Sarfend seafront in the summer.


Review #53 O’Monaco, Marseille

June 20, 2016

Thanks to sleazyjet dumping us four hours late in a virtually shut Marseille-Provence airport I wasn’t in the sunniest mood after four hours sleep the following morning. Wading through the detritus of Magyar mayhem I was in search of a restorative coffee’n’croissant. O’Monaco did the job adequately.

A formule of €4,60 (actually over €5 if you’re sitting on the terrasse) gets you juice, coffee and pastry with a view of Marseille waste management (much changed since the days of Marcel Pagnol) and the staff of Monoprix girding their loins for a day of fending off football fans trying to buy strong alcohol.

The coffee was good, the croissant adequate, the juice out of a bottle. Service mostly interested in pleasing the locals.


Review #6 – The Booking Office

January 17, 2016

On a day trip to Lille (unknowingly to become an impromptu mini-break) we assembled in festive mood in the Booking Office at 7.45. Three quarters of an hour to spare to get to security. No problem.

The room is grand,maybe a bit grand at first a.m., when people are thin on the ground.

Okay, so the tea was good and prompt. But delivery time on the three breakfasts was a patience tester. Especially given that the room was bare of customers. At these prices that’s unforgivable. Hell knows what got me to choose pancakes and bacon for breakfast but I did, so no one else can be blamed for that. Bit dry.

We made the train in time for boarding. Alas, it was a different story in the evening.


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