My brother and sister-in-law live in a nice little neighborhood by the beach. I haven’t figured out any good nicknames for them yet, so I’ll just go with my sister’s nicknames for them, Root Canal Man, RCM for short, (my brother) and Triple T (my sister-in-law). We woke up this morning and walked downtown to have some brunch at Le Pain Quotidien. It’s a nice little bistro-type place. The brunch menu is not that extensive, but everything looks pretty decent.
Triple T ordered French Toast with Fresh Strawberries. I actually liked it a lot, because it wasn’t super sweet as french toast can sometimes be. However, I did find the use of whole grain wheat bread, although different, might have been a little too nutty for my liking. I think it’s a healthier spin on normally caloric dish.
My brother and I both ordered the Smoked Salmon and Egg Croissant Sandwich. This probably sounded better than it tasted, not that it was bad, but I think it was a little too dry. The egg salad mix had little, if any, mayo, so it tasted a little bland and crumbly. The smoked salmon was nice. The croissant could have a been a little lighter, flakier and more buttery. Generally, the mix of flavors with the salmon and egg salad went well together though. I just needed some more oil or something to give it a creamier consistency. Also, considering the $10+ price, I would have expected a little bit more sandwich.
Nevertheless, it was a decent meal, but I’m not sure I would come back mainly because it’s a little too much money for not a lot of good enough tasting food. It’s a chain, so there are a bunch of locations across the country…. I’m sure the food is basically the same, but I think the ambiance of this Manhattan Beach place, given its central location, is probably what really makes this place special. Additionally, there is a fair amount of outside seating, and generally speaking, it seems conducive to casual conversations, reading the morning paper, or just enjoying a lazy Sunday hanging out.
Le Pain Quotidien – Manhattan Beach
451 Manhattan Beach Boulevard
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
PAFO Ratings for Le Pain Quotidien – Manhattan Beach:
Price 2½ stars
Ambiance 3½ stars
Food 3½ stars
Overall rating 3 stars