Universally speaking, the French excel in quite a few categories – fashion, wine, cheese, champagne and culture, just to name a few. But it’s their latest import to the London food scene that will have the capital buzzing. Famed Parisian bakery, Poilâne, opened an all-day café recently in Cadogan Gardens near Sloane Square.
The Chelsea-based Cuisine de Bar by Poilâne is French luxury by way of heavenly, artisanal bread perfectly cooked in a wood-fire oven. The casual eatery serves up a menu of classic French dishes, including the famous Poilâne pastries and croissants, as well as eggs, freshly prepared tartines, soups and salads. But for those in search of the ultimate indulgent snack to cozy up to with your afternoon tea, the dangerously delicious Punition, Poilâne’s signature butter biscuits, will become your new obsession.
The airy, simply designed space gives way for a viewing of where the magic happens – a glass spectator panel looks down on the pastry lab where delicacies like toasted brioche are prepared, providing you a front row seat into the theatre of bread production. Or if you’re feeling like the next Julia Child, you can choose from a small selection of Poilâne specialty items (i.e. the luscious fruity jams or an assortment of walnut and rye loaves) to take home with you, filling your abode with the incredibly scrumptious smell of freshly baked bread and, thus, convincing your neighbors you’ve started a French patisserie in your apartment. Bon Appétit!
39 Cadogan Gardens