Cheese and

March 2008

Bread. In fact, daily bread. Le Pain Quotidien is the name of two new bakery cafes in town (Fitzroy & Bourke Streets Surry Hills 9360 8460 and 54 Norton Street Leichhardt 9564 0099). It all started in Brussels in the late 80s when Belgian chef Alain Coumont couldn't find a decent loaf (maybe he should have popped across the border), so he opened the first PQ in Brussels in 1990. Now, they're in 11 countries and their Sydney bread is being baked by La Tartine's Nick Anthony - and it's terrific. The decor is a bit faux - distressed French (or Belgian?) bicycle seats, pine scrubbed raw - but, hey, if the pain is bon, who cares? Lots of sambos, soups and salads plus tarts and pastries all day. There's also a little range of food products. Worth a look if you're in either of the neighbourhoods.

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