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Le Pain Quotidien

Le Pain Quotidien

The food isn't the only environmental consideration at this franchise which has spread to 15 countries; this patisserie uses energy-efficient lighting, eco cleaning products and reduced packaging.

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Reviewer: Carolyn Barry

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Le Pain Quotidien café/restaurant/bakery/patisserie (PQ for short, 'daily bread' translated) is a popular franchise, which originated in Brussels and has since spread to 15 other countries.

The story goes that in the 1990s a renowned Belgian chef couldn't source bread of fine enough quality, so he started making his own.

While their specialty is organic sourdough bread and great organic coffee (served in bowls!), the extensive menu includes breakfast, lunch and dinner fare. Typical items include tartines (open grill sandwiches), cocottes (casseroles), salads, quiches, vegan soup of the day and of course, pastries. Their vegan blueberry muffin is a special treat.

Meals are very reasonably priced, with nothing over $25. Breads start at $3.50 per loaf and most pastries are around the $4 mark.

The food is organic where possible and the chefs make it a point to get to know the farmers who supply their produce. And the food isn't the only environmental consideration; PQ locations use energy-efficient lighting, eco cleaning products and minimal packaging, too.

The Surry Hills location is a big old room with an artisanal feel, filled with communal wooden tables. While there are currently only three cafés in Sydney (Bondi Junction and Leichhardt are the other locations), Le Pain Quotidien has plans to expand to Melbourne and beyond.

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