In distinction to the simplicity of bread and elemental communal tables, it is the warmth of a sense of community that brings patrons together at Le Pain Quotidien, a boulangerie with a few locations in Los Angeles County. Brunch at Larchmont with Nikko (and Herbie and Pearl) was rustic, in a way. Fresh European-style bread made with organic whole wheat flour, natural yeast and sea salt is a staple, hence the name. Breakfast to drunch healthy salads, omelettes, open-faced sandwiches, soft-boiled organic eggs, tabbouleh, cheese specialties, vegan dishes and pastries are in the menu.
Basic avocado shrimp salad for Nikko and lox with dill and soft-boiled egg for me. I haven’t had smoked fish with cheese in a long time. I like my food with salt; it makes everything more flavorful.
Servings are big. The place was busy, we stayed at the back patio, yet service was efficient.
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