July 05, 2014 Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Le Pain Perdu du Balthazar

Phone Number: +961 1 999 223

Address: Souk El Bazerkan, Beirut Souks, Bayrut, Lebanon ( 08:00AM - 12:00AM)

Website: https://www.facebook.com/balthazarbeirut/

Price Range: 35-65 $




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This is not a restaurant review since I came into Balthazar just for the Pain Perdu. It was 09:20am on a calm Wednesday in Beirut when we arrived to Beirut Souks, which felt like a haunted city since it was a parliament meeting day and all roads blocked. But this didn't stop me from continuing my search for the best Pain Perdu in town.

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Balthazar was preparing for the day calmly but they were not fully ready to welcome any guests. Although they don't have a breakfast menu, we were welcomed to have some coffee along side some croissants and pastry selection from La Mie Doree, the sister company. Thankfully, Pain Perdu can be served.

I was here for the pain perdu and the pain perdu only; but a lunch review will be scheduled later on to discuss the broken and dirty espresso cups, the uncleaned salt and pepper shakers, the not-so-shiny cutlery...

Pain Perdu for two, or bread pudding soufflé is for LBP22,000. We ordered one and sat on the terrace enchanted by the calmness.

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The Balthazar Pain Perdu comes in a bowl. A square bowl, 15cm in width and 15cm deep filled with a baked bread. A crunchy toasted top covering the soaked bread beneath. 

As you take it from top, the envelop is crunchy with dark borders that crunch giving a gentle burning flavor followed by a fluffy bread full of milk, egg and sugar. Different textures and flavors combined together give you a couple bites that are good... And it stops here. As you go deeper and deeper, the bread becomes condensed, bulky, over cooked and heavy on the stomach. A strong unpleasant buttery taste that's too fatty stays in your mouth for a long time. It's exactly the same feeling I had when I tasted Metropole's pain perdu which also comes in a cup-like dish. The only thing that gives it it's taste is the fine caramel sauce that comes with it. Add caramel and enjoy the sweetness; the bites without caramel are unpleasant to eat.

If only it tasted as as it looks. I was really unimpressed not to say deceived by a Pain Perdu claimed to be one of the best in town. We had an illy espresso and continued our day for more discoveries.

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