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Le Pain Quotidien

ColabaSouth Mumbai    & IN 3 MORE LOCATIONS

  • 02266150202
  • Dhanraj Mahal, CSM Road, Apollo Bunder, Gateway of India, Colaba, Mumbai
  • European, French
  • Meal for 2 - 1800
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Do NOT eat here!

My wife and I went to this restaurant last night as a part of a certain deal with a popular online reservations website. We left quite disappointed and want to share our experience with others:

1. This restaurant will NOT offer you a soup spoon to eat your soup
2. They did not have ANY of the desserts which were a part of the deal
3. The deal mentioned 25% off on all IMFL. However, they offered us this deal only on the wines. Why?
4. The second course's chicken was cold, stale and absolutely tasteless
5. The dessert (chocolate mousse) was served extremely cold and hard and it was only when we asked for it to be heated that it became remotely edible

Overall this place is not worth your time. The people on the adjoining table were complaining as well and got up mid-meal and left the restaurant. They also had similar complaints in terms of the food being served cold and being either too spicy or too bland. The chef came and made some lame excuses which we didn't buy.

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October 14, 2014response from management at lepainquotidien:

Dear Akhil,
Thank you for sharing your valuable feedback with us. We are saddened to learn that your experience was not satisfactory and sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused. Rest assured this is definitely not the standard we strive for. Your feedback allows us to make appropriately focused corrections and we have forwarded it to the team. Kindly share your contact details with us at lpqindiasocail@gmail.com and we will get in touch with you. We hope you give us the opportunity to reinstate your faith in us and make your next

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Terrible & stale food, please avoid!

We went to LPQ, Colaba on the night of April 5, 2014 and had a disastrous experience. The bread basket was cold, warmed when asked for. The breads were most surprisingly hard and seemed stale. We went for the soup of the day which was strictly ok. We then ordered the Mediterranean platter for starters and the only redeeming feature was the beetroot caprese, the breads portions again were unimaginative. I ordered the red wine, fresh fruit & cranberry sangria which was fine.

We ordered the grilled mediterranean tartine which had barely any grilled vegetables but was laden with a sour melted cheese, the bread again being hard. To top it off, we ordered 2 desserts, the velvet cake and the hazelnut eclair, both of which left halfway since they had been on the ledge too long.

All in all, a terrible experience, one of the worst meals that we have had. Pained to pay 2k+ for this crap. Sad since I have had decent experiences at the LPQ, BKC.

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August 13, 2014response from management at lepainquotidien:

Hello Shailesh,
We hope you enjoyed your brunch at our BKC restaurant, Shailesh. We look forward to welcoming you back to Le Pain Quotidien soon!

Warm Regards,
Team Le Pain Quotidien

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Le Pain Quotidien, Colaba

It is fashioned exactly the same way it is in the other Le Pain Quotidien chains around the world -- The ambience is just perfect, decor similar to their boulangeries in Paris and the service is excellent with a smile. The Baguettes and Breads looked the same. Even the plates were the same rectangular ones. We were reminded of our first Le Pain Quotidien experience in Monte Marte, Paris. That was for breakfast then. We were here for lunch today.
How is the food @Le Pain Quotidien, Colaba? We ordered their famous Tartines to start with -- Smoked Chicken with Rocket Leaves strewn generously. Absolutely heavenly. Unfortunately though, they had served it along with the main course. Unusual. Took away our initial delight as we had to rush through what could otherwise have been a leisurely munching of the Tartines.

I had this strong craving for Pork Belly for the main course, but their current menu did not offer it. :-( Apparently, the menu changes every week or so. A long and hard look at the menu once again, and we settled for the Slow-Cooked Lamb and Belgian Meatballs. The lamb was fantastic, tender and cooked in a very good sauce, and served in a hollow round bread. Interesting! Although Deepa had a tough time tearing the bread from the sides to eat along with the lamb. The Meatballs were less dramatic in comparison, served with a small bowl of rice with a strong flavour of a herb/spice that the staff couldn’t name. It was so overbearing that my daughter refused to another spoon after tasting it once and instead, chose the delicious lamb that Mamma had ordered. Couldn’t blame her!! Not a great dish. Not very bad though. But handsomely filling.

Overall, I did not understand the fascination for rocket leaves and heavy spices in the food. The leaves kept falling off the Tartines making it oh-so-embarrassing to bite them. And then, they were loaded in the Meat-ball gravy and the Salads.

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April 1, 2014response from management at lepainquotidien:

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your valuable feedback and suggestions. I greatly appreciate your compliments and at the same time we took note of your feedback. It allows us to make appropriately focused corrections. We thank you for your continuous support and look forward to welcoming you back in the not too distant future.

Kind regards,
Nikoulina Berg
General Manager Operations

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baking its way into the good books

le pain quotidian is one of those restaurants or rather a café that although not exceptional is still a must visit destination ..if nothing they do try hard to please ..its located in the plush Bandra Kurla complex road right at the gateway of this newly developed suburb ..the café has a friendly yet young at heart vibe and it isn't one of those places where you'll have a druggie puffing away his cigarettes so its definitely a family friendly choice however couples looking for a quick cheap bite this definitely isn't for you...menu wise the options are limited however whatever they do have can be pretty good ..we ordered the Cajun spiced roast chicken with cheese spatzle which was at best decent ...for the novices Cajun is a French style of cooking tht uses roughly cooked ingredients tht generally include parsley, bay leaf, green onions and dried cayenne pepper...the chicken had none of the above but it was a decent eat nonetheless however very far from being Cajun . the three stars of my review are mainly because of the le pain style Arabic fusion mezze platter which was simply wonderful with the chef hitting all the right notes and bringing in interesting flavours and the slow cooked chicken leg with white bean cassoulet a very traditional French dish a little bland for indian taste buds but good enough to be devoured with elan...a word of warning though despite the health ministry's advisory and various health bodies warning against the ill health benefits of the basa fish thts all this café chooses to serve which is quiet a bummer . all in mixed feelings evoked at the end and a bitter sweet aftertaste although tht could be due to the Belgian chocolate cream cake...baking a forte of this restaurant I must add!!

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March 19, 2014response from management at lepainquotidien:

Dear Karan,

Thank you for your valuable feedback and suggestions. I greatly appreciate your compliments and at the same time we took note of your feedback as well. It will definitely help us to serve you better on your next visit. We are currently working on our new menu and we will take your feedback on it into consideration. We thank you for your continuous support and look forward to welcoming you back in the not too distant future.

Kind regards,
Nikoulina Berg
General Manager Operations

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Valet Parking Issue

Me and my boyfriend are a very big fans of Le Pain Quotidien, it's one of the places which we go very frequent away from the chaos of the city where we can have the best cup of coffee, hot chocolate, food, desserts, and everything else. Last night, we arrived on our bike and couldn't find a place in front of the cafe, so my boyfriend kept going in circle to find another place, but couldn't. We came back to the cafe and asked the people of Le Pain who are responsible about the Parking to help and they acted very cold and rude and said that they can't do anything or even move the bikes lining in front of the cafe a bit to make more space. For our surprise, we found the people responsible about the Valet Parking of next door restaurant are helping us and giving us a space in front of their place. And as a customer, you go to where you are most appreciated, so voila! Le Pain lost a customer for the day because the customer chose the restaurant next door instead because of the nice gesture of its staff and the rude gesture of other.

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March 7, 2014response from management at lepainquotidien:

Dear Eman,

Thank you for your valuable feedback and suggestions. The issue you mentioned is certainly not acceptable for Le Pain Quotidien.
I will ensure a detailed follow-up is conducted in order to avoid such shortfalls.
The standard of service experienced by you is definitely not the level that we aspire to achieve. I trust you will give us another opportunity to make amends.

Kind regards,
Nikoulina Berg
General Manager Operations

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tres bon nuruteur!

LPQ is one of the finest french cafes in mumbai. Whether you happen to visit the BKC one or the Colaba outlet,you will have a gourmet experience!!!.The alcohol is very reasonably priced a pint of Indian beer at 150 bucks ,however the food is a bit pricey.Nevertheless the Beef tenderloin stake and the pan seared bekti fish that we ordered were exquisite,but with less than desirable portions.They also have an exclusive tasting menu,however those will be around 800 bucks per dish ,so we shied away !!The deserts offered are mouth watering,my favourite being the lemon tart and the cheese cake platter.
In and all a great experience with gourmet food!!

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Great French food

This is a bakery cum restaurant which
Serves simple , elegant French fare made with organic ingredients wherever possible . They use reclaimed wood in construction , employ energy sufficient lighting throughout their restaurants . They also have communal table where friends& strangers alike come together to break bread & linger for awhile. Their salads , tartines, pasta all are topnotch. They serve the perfect brownie . A must visit place .

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Very frenchy

Have had sooo much about this place especially when its reviews splashed all over that it was obviously not me to give it a miss! Being an obsessed foodie and my hunger to check out new places to eat (no pun intended) I visited this place twice, but was disappointed on both counts. Blame my lack of fondness for French cuisine or the fact that this place generally lets out a dull vibe in terms of service, that I felt disappointed the minute I opened the menu. However, I decided to give it a shot and ordered a Bruschetta Platter, a cookie platter and a chicken & psto sandwich. The dishes lacked taste and did not do justice to the enormous bill which followed. I would still not be too upfront about my review as I would like to give the benefit of doubt that my palette is just not suited for bland French cuisine.

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September 28,2013

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bad bread

I am a vegetarian so i speak for that.
Quality of food- We ordered 2 desserts and a Mediterranean platter. The most dissappointing part was the old, hard and dry bread in the Mediterranean not worth rs.595/-. Because as the name suggests I expected to get fresh daily bread. The rich belgium cake was good. The hazelnut bombe ok.
Money - expensive
Service - Very friendly service
Ambiance- The 40watt bulbs on the long table makes it really hot and negates the effect of the air conditioner. Otherwise the wooden interiors makes a pretty warm place.

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Quality Guaranteed

Great place to have a relaxed time with friends/family. The hot chocolate is flavoursome without being too sweet. The food is all freshly prepared and the breads are of great quality. Desserts are nice.
The community table is a good place if you are alone and dont mind having conversations with folks you dont know.
The pasta & soups are especially soothing when had for a late lunch or early supper.

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LPQ The Best

Visited this place along with a friend of mine. We visited their BKC outlet which is very beautifully done. The interiors are fresh and elegant. The food is great. We went in with beers and did not go in for Hard liquor. The dishes that we had were grilled vegetable tartine, Asian Chicken Tartine, Chilly Chess Toast, Red bean Hummus. All the dishes were excellent not bland suting the indian palate perfectly.

The rates were also very reasonable, by the time we finished our lunch we were expecting a huge bill but what we got was a delightful surprise. The bill amount was something around 1250/- with a good discount. I walked out really happy and a satisfied customer and soon would make another visit to the place.


I would recommend this outlet to every foodie in town. You should have a stop over at this place.

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A Wholesome sunday Breakfast

I always desired to have a breakfast which included a fresh juice, fruits, bread/omelet, a cup of milk/tea/coffee, etc. And that is what I did on one random Sunday morning. Traveled to this popular place in colaba. They served fresh juice and fruits and heavenly made belgium chocolate milk but breads served did not please me.

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10 course tasting menu

There are times when restaurant come up with brilliant ideas, and this has to be one of those ideas. The 10 courses ranging from an appetizer to dessert with a few salads right in between is a perfect balance of heavy and light food. The portion size individually looks tiny, but over all after the 10 courses are done is pretty much filling.

If you or any one on your table orders the veg platter, I would suggest trying out the beetroot caviar I think it was the one most beautiful thing from the veg selection. The non veg variety was just stellar, and the chocolate mousse to die for.

So make a trip before the 13th dec and try out the menu.

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August 17,2012

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overrated with lousy service

Cant imagine what the hype is all about...never again....tough bread, lousy service not like LPQs elsewhere around the world..

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Forgettable, expensive and unappealing

Went there with a lot of expectation, came back with a lot of disappointment.

When I judge a place, the most important factor for me is the taste of the food. And that is sorely disappointing here. The food is just not upto the mark. The spinach n ricotta ravioli i ordered was just average, the salad on the side of another dish was unimaginative and bland. The dessert Belgian Chocolate lava cake was really tiny for the Rs150 price and the taste totally forgettable.

The breads too weren't any good, avoidable
Will I go there again? Never

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Sad state of affairs.

So, looking forward like we used to to visit Le Pain, 2 friends and I walked in on a weeknight. We were given a table upstairs because, to be honest, we don't like the concept of community dining and prefer our space. After waiting for 13 minutes, our order was taken by a very rushed waiter who seemed disinterested in serving people like us who weren't " decked up". Infact, after calling for his attention twice, I had to get up and get myself cutlery and a quarter plate from the sideboard.
We ordered Spinach & Ricotta ravioli, Laksa chicken & an open faced ham & cheddar tartine. Sorry to say, the standards of the food along with the service have gone down.
We got served our dinner approximately 30 minuted after waiting. A table which seated people who walked in a while after us got served first. There were exactly 4 pieces of Spinach ravioli, with probably a teaspoon worth of filling. We are well aware of the concept of "al dente" but the ravioli was undercooked beyond that. The Tartine was like a sad, shrivelled up poor mans toast, with just 3 pieces served with BARELY any topping for a whopping 300 odd rupees. The Laksa..well..wasn't even Laksa. It was something that threw dust in the eyes of the Indian public who wouldn't be aware of what the dish is.
This place is an International chain, doing very well over the world. It did start of well here too, but its sad to see as to how pathetically jipped off we felt. We are Indians, but a lot of us are well travelled, well aware of what a dish should taste like/ look like, and above all, we know when we are cheated. I felt cheated on my last visit to Le Pain, and have vowed not to ever go there for a meal again. Charge us a premium, but make sure you give us our moneys worth!

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Dissapointing

We were very excited when we found this place.....ambience was wonderful, service was good. Food was was presented very nicely, and tasted very good. We ordered gazpacho, honey glazed tenderloin, and beetrot salad. It wouldve been a perfect dinner if 2 hours later my boyfriend (who had the tenderloin) wouldnt have gotten the worst case of food poisoning ive ever seen. Extremely unacceptable. Very dissapointing. Really ruined our mumbai experience as we were only there for one night.

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Warm homely bakery atmosphere

My first brush with LPQ was in Dubai and I have been their fan ever since. Naturally I was ecstatic when I saw their outlet at Colaba. Everything about this outlet is commendable - the decor, lighting, baking counter, display of desserts et al. To begin with, I especially like the simple yet wholesome menu they have devised. The daily special soup is a delicacy in it's own right and serves as a good starter.

We had the famous Tartines for appetizers and the Seared Basil Chicken with chilli potatoes, pesto & lemon sauce for the main course. We also sampled a variety of desserts on both the occasions and have been more or less satisfied with the taste and service. The only grouse is the high price of most of the dishes, which really does not make this a repeat visit.

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nice

expensive for a coffee shop. love the way they serve their coffees and hot chocolates in a handleless cup. good ambience and decor.

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Sinful chocolate deserts

Their croissants and deserts were sinfully good :) However, their green tea was so bitter that i had to add sugar(for the first time in my life) to their green tea. Overly brewed and terrible green tea:(

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Nice place to hang around near Colaba

Visited Le Pain Quotidien much after it opened. Had been intending to go there since a long time, but finally ended up there, quite unplanned for a quick light dinner.

Loved the decor, high ceilings, beautiful colors all around and nice lighting. Perfect for a day time meeting, even a quite business meeting during the day, or a quiet dinner some day.

I had the Caprese Salad (Mozzarella di Buffala and Plum Tomatoes with shaved parmesan and extra virgin oil). I added some balsamic vinegar to it and it was perfect with some freshly baked bread (i think baguette- I do not remember what I had).

Finished the meal with a diet coke.

Great food and ambience. Will try this place for brunch soon!

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Good place for a quiet breakfast/evening

I was at LPQ a little while back - one of those evenings where you want to top up a good play in SoBo with a nice walk and a good meal.

Wife and I decided to sit up-stairs, which was a mistake for two reasons - downstairs with its community style seating and bar tables, etc is a far more alive place than upstairs which is more of restaurant style seating. The foreigners seemed to prefer downstairs, while the locals seemed to prefer upstairs (which struck me as odd and interesting). Nevertheless, we ordered the baker's basket (which comes with an assortment of jams and spreads), french press coffee, hot chocolate, ceaser salad, and the roasted chicken and smoked mozarella tartine.

The breads were OK, but the spreads were brilliant. The coffee and hot chocolate were wonderful and so was the tartine (an open faced sandwich). What really works is the ambience of the place- beautiful warm interiors and a certain energy. The service was also nice and unobtrusive !

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beeme

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January 05,2012

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Lacking customer service skills

Was there on lunch on 31 Dec with my wife & 18 month old baby.
As I entered the place was almost full. Took a LONG time to get the menu on the table & then even to order. It took almost 30 mins till my order was placed. I ordered what my server suggested. It took more 25 mins for my order to finally come to me. Till then we were having best hot choclate ever had in India & blueberry smoothie. As my order arrived we started eating, to my surprise there was a HAIR inside my main course order. I shared the open sandwich with my wife & left. On telling the server about the HAIR, they didn't seem to be much concerned about it. They asked me if you would want this to be remade, I didn't want to wait again for my new order to arrive. You can't keep waiting for food to arrive with 18 month old babies. We paid the full bill & left. Waste of beautiful place due to lack in customer service.

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Saumil Shah

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November 28,2011

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Bread has to be better

Le Pain is always famous for their good bread in the UK but when I went to their outlet in Mumbai, I was very disappointed. The bread tasted stale and had a chemical after taste.

The food is no where as good as it is in the UK.

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Horrible cold bread and soup.

Entered yesterday evening to chill out with my date on the approach the staff would not allow us to sit on top but at the same time allowed other guest to do so.We sat deciding on our meal at the same time the waiter would just stand there as if trying to taunt us to give an order.finally we decided on soup which was the days special the lintel soup tasted like cold dal with no seasoning and the bread served was not even fresh as you would complain coming too a place that says they bake there own bread.frustrated and bugged we did enjoy and had a relaxing time at the Leopold Cafe On Causeway. Hopefully they can teach them how to make soup

Overall
Food 1/5
Serve 1/5
Ambience 4/5

Great place horrible food horrible service damage Rs.500 for undrinkable soup. And an angry date.

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September 24,2011

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great ambience, good food, slow service

This place is pretty chic. The ambience is very well done...pine wood flooring with a nice sapling at very table completes the lazy well lit european cafe feel. The food's great...i ordered pasta....(kid's menu) which was great and came up a choco cookie. My friends orders thyme chicken and fish which were both excellent. The portion size was just right and i could go back anyday for another meal. However, they can do much better with speed....it took us over 35 mins to get our plates on the table. And it took the guy 15 minutes to get our bill. Apparently the guy knew we were lunching in between work on a friday. we spent more time waiting than eating.
The total bill was 1600 for 3 of us which was slightly on the higher side but ok if the slow service picks up.

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Alright

Went here on a lazy Sunday afternoon. The bread is pretty good, but some of the breads we ordered were just not available.... The food is passable, but the quantity is miniscule for the price. Ambience is nothing special. Plain wooden chairs and tables. Not brilliant for the price charged, but I guess they've got to make rent somehow being in that part of Bombay.

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Amazing, Unforgettable, Fantastic

Have been in Mumbai for 6 months and have eaten at maybe 50 restaurants- Le Pain Quotidien was the most memorable of them all. Totally charming atmosphere, ultra-professional service, and authentic food to DIE for: you can't ask for more. If I lived closer I'd go every day.

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Excellent place for a nice Sunday breakfast

For those like me who like brunch places, where you can get a good egg breakfast, nice coffee, and good sandwiches, and not too crowded, this place is ideal. We had been here before for dinner and were quite disappointed, but the breakfast experience is poles apart. Will certainly visit again!

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the new master baker

le pain quotidien,generally known as LPQ, seems to be the perfect picture-postcard european cafe'.this belgium food chain offers you the best varities of bread ever.the omelette is solid and as customizable as you'd hope.the mozzarella varities of salad are just as delicious and fresh.LPQ is one of my favourite place for tartines.the wooden interiors are very relaxing.the communal table offers you a perfect leisurely lunch.the cheese cakes are just too perfect.the ambience is amazing.the restaurant manager,Mr.Anand Iyer,seemed very guest friendly.the staffs,Mr.Niraj Shah ,Mr.Nadeem , appeared very attentive. in short,its worth a watch.

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225 bucks for a Lemon Tart

Watch out for this place. The prices in the dessert window are merely takeaway prices and they charge you 50 BUCKS TO SIT AT A TABLE (though they won't tell you that). So, 125 for a very ordinary Lemon Tart (as if that isn't steep enough already) + 50 for the table = 175. Add service tax and service charge to that (what's with the compulsory tipping for lousy service? Maybe Mr. Pink had a point), and you're looking at a bill of Rs. 225 for one freaking Lemon Tart!!!

Here's a tip. If you're in that neighbourhood, take a nice, post-dinner stroll to Theobroma, sit at a table for free, and have a dessert that gives you a lot more value for your money.

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Nice gourmet food...will come back for more!

It's the gourmet food menu that brought me here...and it was the atmosphere with well designed interiors and attentive staff that made it such a great experience.

Thank you and keep it up!

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A piece of heavenly Europe in Mumbai....

I was recently at PQ in Colaba with my family for a nice dinner, and had a lovely experience. The hostess at the door provided a cute little blackboard for my kids to use with chalk as we were seated. So the kids had fun keeping themselves busy, while we had the chance to have a grown-up conversation over delicious food.

We started with their gazpacho, which brought back memories from my time living in Madrid. Yum. My husband had the asparagus & green bean salad, which was very fresh and crisp. The kids were happy with their flatbread (pizza?) with tomato and organic penne pasta.

Our mains were surprisingly good, and filling. I had the vegetarian lasagna, which was (as my American friends like to say) "to die for!" Creamy, delicious, and very satisfying. My husband had the bekti, which he said was like eating at the Oberoi. So clearly he too liked it!

For dessert, the kids had a nice ice-cream with hot chocolate sauce which was part of their kids menu, which they were over the moon about. My husband and I shared the chocolate mousse, which had a very nice orange flavor essence.

On the way out, we picked up a loaf of their five grain bread for home, which I had this morning with some brunette which a friend of mine had brought home from Belgium just last week.

PQ is really a nice addition to the neighborhood. While I will always have a place in my heart for Indigo Deli, luckily there are 365 days a year to divide my loyalty....

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Sal

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June 01,2011

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Perfection

Usually most Indian outlets of international chains never match up but LPQ was excellent. Tables and bar stools are scattered around with the focus on a communal table where anyone can go and sit.

Food: There are very few places that get every dish right and this was one of them. Unfortunately in vegetarian they don't have too many options. We ordered the bread basket, Buffalo mozzarella and grilled asparagus tartine (open faced sandwich for the uninitiated) and a bruschetta platter.

I wish they served a dip or something besides butter with the bread basket. Though most people would avoid asparagus it was the best the subtle flavour of ricotta and Parmesan cheese. The Bruschetta platter consisted of three different types - tomato, mushroom and pepper. You can actually taste the superior quality and freshness of ingredients used in the food.

Dessert & Drinks: The Belgium chocolate brownie is amongst the best I've had, perfectly moist to melt in your mouth. The blueberry muffin is superlative. Skip your diets when you go but avoid the dessert display. Each looks better than the previous. Must have the Blueberry smoothie which is made with yogurt. Yummy and low cal too.

Superlative food, good crowd what more can one want :) If you haven't been yet what are you waiting for ?

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Lunch today-Tuesday, 12 April at Le Pain Quotidien

The Tartines - veg and non veg were excellent - fresh herbs, tomatoes and the bread used too // as for the Non Veg tartines - the chicken along with the cheese was awesome - each flavour stood out and was not over powered by the ingredients. But a word of caution the Tartines are served as 3 squares - topped with veg / non-veg portions - basically starters - not a meal by itself.

Next we ordered was the Seared Basil chicken and the Veg lasagne - the seared basil chicken was cooked well - brown sauce was delicious wish there was more served - you can ask for more should you use, chicken was a bit dry - but am not complaining too much. As for the Veg lasagne - fantastic - as a non-vegetarian I enjoyed it thoroughly, just wish the lasagne covering was less thick as when I tasted it, it was a bit doughy.

Finally, the dessert - thoroughly disappointing - ordered for an apple crumble - our expectations were very high - but was terribly disappointed as apart from the crumble all I could taste were raisins - hardly any apple (which was quite sad :-(() when I checked with the server, he advised we should have ordered the apple pie with almonds - wish we were told earlier.

All in all, it was a pleasant experience with my girlfriends, the wood paneling and the wooden tables and chairs, sunshine filtering through the windows.... very relaxed atmosphere- just what we were looking for.

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Stale Bread and Rotten Salad

Went here for dinner as my wife was in the mood for some soup n bread etc. Reached there around 9, the place was pretty empty, sat upstairs, ordered the potato leek soup which was bad, the bread given with the soup was stale and stank, the salad wasn't fresh and seemed to be from a morning, all n all a boring place and avoidable !!!

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Just Another Deli

The place is done up well. The breads are really good. Other than that Indigo Deli across the road is far superior.

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cute, quaint & very nice

its not easy to identify the cute cafe situated amongst a busy street & a beautiful flowered tree,But once you enter the place, you are so taken away by the ambience, the very friendly hostel like mess tables where one and all can join for a great evening together.
extraordinary salads, with green apples and walnuts, sumptous raviolli, freshly baked breads & desserts to die for, especially the apple pie which just like the name crumbles in your mouth, & if you are there just for a cuppa coffee, you are in for a great treat, accompaniments in form of the crispy cappuccino biscottis will take your breath away.

Something so different from the recent indigos & the moshes, LE PAIN stands tall & is a sure shot winner.& not to forget the cute little hostess at the entrance, always smiling.

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needs to improve food

been here 3-4 times now. it has a limited menu which is fine..because most european restraunts are like that. its a belgian speciality cafe. so i thought the belgian waffles would be good. now they only serve waffles till 11 in the morning everyday and on sundays till 3. so just to grab the waffles i went on a sunday. found them toasty and insipid..like they used one of those readymade to eat packaged kinds. tried also the crepes and it was over sweet.not worth the carlories. even came for dinner once..and the open sandwiches are ok..the paneer one is good (but thats hardly belgian). hot chocolate is again insipid and tastes like someone put bournvita in milk and gave it. the place is in a great location and the ambiance is amazing. nowadays i only go here if i want some of their wheat bread which is the best in town.

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jayghelani

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February 21,2011

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Not overly impressive !

Nice looking place..two levels..good casual ambience,very deli like!
Service too was good- courteous, attentive and helpful.
Menu though was a little limited..had hoped for more options. The chocolate desserts were pretty ordinary and so was the coffee, salad and other stuff we ordered.

Overall, nice place to hang out but can definitely do much better with the food and desserts. At the moment, would prefer a Moshes or Indigo deli to this.

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Abbs68

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February 18,2011

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Disaster

The food was a disaster the prawns were stinking, the bread was stale the service was amateur. The Soup & salad was forgotten when reminded after our meal was served was ignored my the so well qualified staff. The bill was brought in a few minutes though.How they improve a disaster for a well known chain.

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February 21, 2011response from management at lpqindia:

Thank you for visiting us. We apologize for your experience and invite you back so we can give you the real Pain Quotidien experience :) Do drop us an email on contact@lpq.co.in as to when you can come by!

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Great start - but got to improve.

Must say, the place looks real nice and European - pine wood interiors, large table and the works...

Staff is warm and co-operative. We were made to wait for 10 minutes before being escorted to our table. For 10 minutes we were wondering what was up until my friend lost patience and squeaked for attention! That said, they certainly need to work on efficiency and service.

The menu is limited (pretty to-the-point) but in my opinion a place like this needs albeit more options, particularly for vegetarians. We started off with a bottle of Wine (Rs. 1,500 for a Sula sounds pricey) and an appetizer. The appetizer tuns up in 10 minutes, but no wine - again disappointing. After pointing out, the server got the Wine promptly, apologized and served it with a smile - full marks. Appetizer was 3/5 (some assorted Bruschetta).

I got myself a Grilled Vegetable Salad and it was 5/5 - fresh, delicious and well portioned. It could do with some more grilled veggies (overload was lettuce) but no complaints. The Rye bread served with salad was warm and comforting - the place excels in bakes anyway.

My friend got a Chicken main-course and he said it was the most delicious chicken he ever had - again 5/5 I believe.

We ended with a pastry (I skipped desert but my friend said it was incredible).

The place is pricey - damages for 2 with a bottle of wine come up to about 4K. The only issue I had with little lousy service which they got to improve.

All in all, a nice, organic experience - worth a try, and more. But has a long way to go before they give the 2 legendary eateries opposite them a run for money!

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A Regular Bread Winner

Mumbai is increasingly creating avenues for international food chains and eateries to set up shop. Riding this wave of opportunity is Le Pain Quotidien, the first outlet in the country of the Belgian boulangerie chain, which recently opened in tony Colaba just a hop skip and a jump away from the Gateway of India. Unlike most cafés, Le Pain Quotidien (LPQ) which means the daily bread is centred around gourmet breads and foods that go well with it.

Brightly lit, LPQ looks exactly like a picture-postcard European café. When you enter your eyes catch a fancy rustic chandelier hanging from the ceiling. The ground floor consists of a work and sales counter on the left and a seating area with a large communal table and smaller tables on the right. Tastefully separating the two is a display cabinet loaded up with Belgian chocolate spread, bottles of balsamic vinegar, jams and honeys. On the right of the room a staircase leads to a large seating area upstairs and to a tiny alfresco dining area. Clearly LPQ would be ideal for large groups as well as couples looking for an intimate meal.

If you were having breakfast or brunch it’d be so beautiful with the sunlight streaming in through the glass panes. LPQ gives you a very homely feel. The furniture gives you a feeling of being at home all the more with the simple light fixtures, rustic walls and wooden tables. Each table has a pepper grinder, salt shaker, sugar jar and a cute sapling plant in a jute sack.

Globally, LPQ is known to use organic ingredients and here too they maintain that their bread is made from locally sourced organic flour. We found their menu tastefully designed and not cluttered with fancy dishes. They have a good selection of breakfast foods that include coffees, teas, juices, yogurt with fresh fruit, omelettes, and a variety of muffins.
One of the trademark foods of LPQ is their open-faced sandwiches which are called tartines (a tartine is literally a slice of bread and butter in French, here it is a slice of bread with vegetarian and non-vegetarian topping). From their range of tartines we ordered the tandoor roasted cottage cheese salad with red onion and mint chutney while for the main course we ordered the seared basil chicken with chilli potatoes, pesto & lemon sauce.

The tartine was not enjoyable because the cheese was cold and it made the bread soggy, its only element of flavour came from the caramelised onions. We wished that we had chosen one of the other tartines, the buffalo mozzarella tartine (with an olive spread and marinated tomatoes). Compared to the tartine, the chicken was delicious. The pesto was made perfectly and the chicken pieces were succulent. However, the pesto and herbs didn’t catch on to the chicken completely, and you had to dip the pieces into the sauce for that. With the potatoes, this hot meal hit our palates with just the right amount of flavour.

For dessert, the vanilla crème brûlée danced in our heads like an imp. Unfortunately, the waitress informed us that the crème brûlée was out of stock and brought us a soft-centred chocolate cake instead. A bite into the warm cake served with vanilla ice-cream made us forget about the vanilla crème brûlée quite easily! The oozing chocolate from the little cake helped, indeed.

LPQ is the perfect place for if you’re looking to catch a break after walking through the busy streets in Colaba; the place is refreshing, cosy and very homely. If you’re making enough of bread, dining here would surely be a delight.

Meal for two: Rs. 1500

(burrp! reviews anonymously and pays for meals)
 

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need you guys in bandra

I was a regular at the london LPQ so i had great expectations, they are still settling down and i think that we need to give them more time. Overall ambience 9/10, friendly staff 9/10, soup (leek) 8/10, mushroom quiche 5/10, bread 8/10, lemon tart 2/10, brulee 3/10, apple crumble 6/10, owner friendliness10/10. Would love to see them get their deserts upto mark. overall i think they have great potential. will definitly go back but will want the stuff to have improved by then!!! And please please please come to bandra

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January 23,2011

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feels good!

nice ambiance..great interiors!
not to forget..good food! and a friendly staff.
veg lasagna with mushrooms was awesome, and the romaine salad was also good. must try the five grain bread!...definitely buy some on ur way out!
wish they wud have more veg options and start serving egg less desserts too!

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VERY GOOD BAKERY BUT DON T GO FOR COOKED MEAL

The time has come to get real croissants & pain au chocolat in Mumbai!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have been waiting for so long that now, when I get in PQ, I just want to cry of happiness. Bye bye Theobrama, bye bye poor pastries, welcome the fresh & hot baked breads & pastries!!!! Thank you PQ, you are great. Only one thing, please improve dramatically & quickly the cooked courses, they are really bad (polenta & blue cheese was tasteless & very liquid, sirloin was overcooked and chewy...). Net an excellent place to have a good breakfast & a quick salad. Again thank you PQ for having changed my life in Mumbai :-))))

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January 19,2011

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lovely lovely place

did a 1st day 1st show visit. & then another a few days later. loved the ambience. & the high ceiling & the sense of space. very well lit too. coffee / flute / muffin's - very good. nice to see the "communal" spirit - a bunch of people were playing cards while waiting for their order. the owner & his wife are very warm & friendly & do come and chat with you. must visit.

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I absolutely loved LPQ .. The ambiance is to die for .. Its a whole new world once u get off the road and into the place ... The whole feel of it makes up for anything else it may lack, which I don't think it does .. I enjoyed the food as it had variety, the chicken I had was just the right amount of juicy and the after taste was good ... The home made lemonade was the most refreshing drink I have had .. The desserts were to die for .. I don't remember the names of what I had, and that's only coz I had all of em, I think ... I was so into the food at that point I mite as well have forgotten the name of the place .. Really, what's in a name !

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Not entirely (Pain) less

For the past two weeks at least I have been visiting this restaurant only to be told that it was going to be opening soon. So when I went yesterday I was pleasantly shocked to find that it was actually open for business and that I was going to be one of its first customers.

The staff was friendly and welcoming and I was shown the communal table where one could dine when all alone. However, since a friend of mine was joining me, I sat on the other side, opposite the broad staircase.

We were shown the menu and after we placed our order I was disappointed to learn that the Quiche I had wanted was not available. We asked the waiter what was the special and he looked most stunned. We learned later that the specials were written on the board at the top of the stairs.

I then ordered an open beef sandwich which actually turned out to be tasteless overcooked beef slathered with a thick brown gravy/sauce on a chewy toasted bread. I must admit that I've eaten better in humbler establishments not known for their specialty sandwiches and breads.

While waiting for our meal to arrive, we were presented with a slice of freshly made baguette and a thin slice of whole wheat bread: both stone cold and served without butter. Of course when we asked for it, we got the butter.

My friend had asked for a Polenta which was not exactly the best ever she'd eaten but since we were there mainly for the conversation rather than the food, we didn't really complain.

We rounded off our lunch with a Latte which was surprisingly luke warm .

But all in all, I wouldn't trash this restaurant as this was the very first service of the day. May be once its teething troubles are over it may come up to par.

Strangely though while the listed items on the menu didn't seem to exorbitant the bill seemed quite a lot. For one tartine, one vegetarian polenta, a non alcoholic mojito and two cafe latte's we dished out Rs1300. Now that's a lot of money for just a sandwich and a coffee!

But I'm an optimist and am sure that one day this restaurant will come up to my expectations and I will understand why this chain is so popular the world over.

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eatman

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January 13,2011

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PQ Mumbai

i absolutely adore Le Pain Quotidien. My first introduction was to the PQ in Dubai which soon became my daily breakfast run to space! The accessibility it has thanks to being in every neighborhood of the city made it easy for me in NYC and LA too!!!Being a vegetarian, the choice i had available to me was awesome!!! the salads are always fresh as are the fruit servings! their tartines are undeniably amazingggggg!
A great place to chill with friends, colleagues or just people watch or if your seated at the Communal Table its a brilliant opportunity to meet some great fellow-PQers!!!
The must have is the 5 grain bread with nutella and dark choco spread/berries spread. YUM.
I am so happy that Mumbai is opening up to nicer cafes with a more chilled ambience..the rustic warm feel with the terrace seating is just the answer to every day rest!!!!!!
love PQ. so happy you are here!!!!!

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January 13,2011

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Loved the food!

I loved the ambiance, very cozy, lovely lighting! I tried the asparagus and cheese tartine- which is the best thing ive tasted in a long long time...

Also the apple and fennel salad was extremely fresh and crunchy- exactly how i like my salad.

The chicken and pesto sandwich was again very creamy and delicious, a perfect dish.

i did not get a chance to try the dessert but im definitely going to make it a point to go back for some!

Also a little disappointed that the spreads are not for sale yet...i cannot wait longer for the white chocolate and hazelnut spread!

Overall definitely a place i would come back to, the ambiance certainly is inviting!

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too early to review

the place is well made - nice cafe touch- service was decent -however i just went there for a soup salad n desert..

we went in a group of 3 and ordered for ourselves a 1)soup for the day-onion and aspagarous soup-(a little too salty ) 2)tender coconut and ginger drink(awful, in my opinion) too strong a taste -ginger n coconut combo didnt go well-too strong a flavouring-3)apple fenel salad(quite tasty-i m must add) n lastly a chocolate brownie which honestly wasnt outta the world and didnt demand the price i was paying for-wat i really liked was the portions they were of decent size-

at Rs.998.00 the meal was a little steep for the pockets-but as i said i ate too little and need to visit the place again to fully appreciate it- will visit again and then give my honest opinion

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What's in a name

Food was rancid and overpriced service was bad even though was empty and going home presents were food poisoning.

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