Restaurant Review: Le Pain Quotidien in Bandra-Kurla Complex, Mumbai

We had not been to the Le Pain Quotidien BKC joint before and last Sunday brought us the opportunity. Le Pain Quotidian was changing their menu and wanted us to be a part of their 8-course menu tasting session. We couldn’t be happier. We have been Le Pain Quotidien regulars for a while now and had been rooting for more lamb, pork and beef options in their menu. And that’s exactly what they have done. The Le Pain Quotidien team has gone all out to woo its Mumbai patrons with a whole number of delectable options. But before we get into the menu specifics, first, the basics. LPQ’s ambience in BKC.

Ambience at Le Pain Quotidien, BKC: Upon finding out that this was our first time at the BKC joint, Nikoulina, our host for the evening, took us on a quick tour of the place. We were surprised to find two communal tables there and a corner room dedicated for larger groups. Wow! Is BKC your biggest joint?,we asked. No, Colaba is. But BKC’s joint sure is well equipped to cater to the office crowd.

It’s their usual signature decor with long windows that provide for ample natural light, the light brown wood tables and chairs which makes the place so cosy, the rectangular plates that will make you say, “They have these everywhere!”

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New menu at Le Pain Quotidien, BKC: We told you that it was an 8 course menu. They had painstakingly put together a menu that included everything – Steamed Rolled Oats Idli; options for Tartines — Corn & Spinach Tartine, Mezze Tartine, Chicken Club Tartine, Trio of Pork Tartine; Options for Salad – Grilled Mushroom Salad, Fresh Watermelon & Arugula; Confit Chicken & Porcini Mushroom Ravioli; Options in Fish – Rye & Garlic Crusted John Dory Fillet, Tandoori Marinated Bay Prawns; Sorbet Du Jour; options in meat — 14-Hour Slow Cooked Tenderloin, Pork Spare Ribs, Braised Lamb Shank; and an exciting Dessert Trio including Mocha Opera, Pecan Tart and Belgian Brownie.

That was indeed some menu!!! Chef Amit had done a stellar job in giving all of these items his best shot and we loved all that came to our table. The 14-Hour Slow Cooked Tenderloin, Pork Spare Ribs, Braised Lamb Shank though were a runaway hit. So was the Ravioli. The Oats Idli and Tandoori Prawns were a misfit though in a LPQ table, but we understand the team’s desire to get the core Indian diners to their joint.

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Final Word on Le Pain Quotidien’s New Menu: Go for it!!! You will love it!!! Kudos LPQ for putting together such a good show!

PS: We pledged to run (literally) back home after the sinful dinner and also go on a week’s detox!!

Psst: Mumbai will soon see 2 more Le Pain Quotidien — in Bandra and Andheri. Rejoice!!

Also read WOOF’s review of LPQ Powai and LPQ Colaba.


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