Category: Bistro (Â£Â£)
The decision to give a very positive review to the all day breakfast/ tartine/French boulangerie place Cuisine de Bar by Poilane just off busy King’s Road is largely based on the fact that I am absolutely in love with their Australian Tartine (?Â£8.5). Ripe mashed avocado is generously layered onto a slice of deliciously fresh crisp artisan brown bread which has before been spread thinly with vegemite, the Australian version o f marmite. Together with the chilli flakes sprinkled on top, the result is an enticing mixture of salty and hot and creamy and I just absolutely love it. I think it’s the best hangover food ever, as it gives you everything you need to recover from having had one glass too many.
It’s served with a little lovely side salad, tres French!
The other tartine I tried came with tomato and mozzarella was not very successful. It was baked in the oven and I don’t know if it hadn’t been done long enough or if the tartine had been standing around before arriving at our table, but the mozzarella was melted and cold, which as you very well know results in an unpleasant texture which can only be accepted once in a while when eating cold pizza the day after.
Cuisine de Bar by Poilane is similar to Le Pain Quotidien in many ways (just more charming) and just like at the omnipresent Belgian boulangerie chain, you can order a good value bread basket with spreads at Cuisine de Bar by Poilane. Their salty caramel spread with the gorgeous fresh bread was very moreish indeed.
The room is fantastic: Bright and airy with a skylight and light wooden furniture it gives you the impression of space and calm. I think the (real) tree in the middle of the restaurant is rather lovely and so is the smell of freshly baked bread that fills the room.
King’s Road is one of my favourite shopping destinations, and usually find it very difficult to go for a coffee in this area if I don’t fancy any coffee chain or overpriced pretentious place. Poilane is a welcome addition and invites to linger, drink coffee, read the paper, eat some Australian tartines and then switch to wine. And you can even take some fresh bread away with you!
By the way, Cuisine de Bar by Poilane does not have a website, unbelievable actually.
- Food: 7/10
- Ambiance: 9/10
- Service: 7/10
- Value for Money: 6/10
- Chances of Returning: 75%
- Verdict: One can never eat enough Australian tartines…