Restaurant Bake (Paris)

© Pauline Chatelan

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The beloved ring-shaped breads from across the Atlantic have finally found an international headquarters here in France! At 86 rue du Faubourg-Poissonnière to be precise, where former project manager Céline Tran, who trained under Thierry Marx and at Ten Belles, has set up an adorable little bakery. The crates of plump bagels displayed in the windowed atelier set the tone: here, everything is kneaded and baked in-house and then topped with delicious ingredients one by one, to be devoured while seated on a barstool at the counter, or taken to go. What did we have the day we went for lunch? A bagel with a lovely golden hue and dense, chewy dough, filled with egg salad made with a generous amount of hard-boiled eggs and mayonnaise seasoned with chives and shallots… Alternatively, opt for a sausage roll made with homemade flaky pastry, or a mouthwatering sourdough focaccia topped with whatever inspiration strikes the kitchen team that particular day. And to satisfy your sweet tooth, pastry chef Ophélie Turpin (ex-Maison Plume) lines up all the classics that go so well with a cup of joe, including perfectly undercooked lemon cake with a tangy icing, or crumbly yet tender cookies that aren’t overly sweet. If you’re in the mood to make the good times last, leave with a bag stuffed full of plain bagels, to snack on all day long! // Francisco d’A.

FEELING THIRSTY? Belvoir ginger beer or elderflower lemonade (€3.50), Charitea iced tea (€3.50), Le Parti du Thé black tea and Esperanza drip coffee (€2.50 each).
PRICE: Set menu €12 (bagel + drink + dessert), students €9 (bagel + dessert or drink). Sandwiches and bagels €6.50 to €8 (plain bagel €1,50), sausage roll €4.80, pastries €2.50 to €3.50.

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