Prélude Café

Prélude Café (Rouen)

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What’s the house specialty? Beans that have been carefully roasted in northern Europe (Prolog Coffee, Round Hill Roastery, Coffee Collective), served filtered and paired with sweets from around here or elsewhere: pretty carrot cake, dense banana bread, delicious brownies, plump madeleines, baby financiers, marble cake baked in a kouglof mold… The experts behind this exploit? Two ex-New Yorkers from the world of finance: Matthieu Meisse, with the mugs, and Clément Hu, with the baked goods. They found peace at this windowed shop on a pedestrianized street, decked out with a communal wooden table, a couch corner and lunch bowls. The special of the day? A radiant vegetarian composition made with rice, roasted red kuri squash and oyster mushrooms, arugula pesto, a soft-boiled egg, baked cauliflower, ricotta, Parmesan and spiced chickpeas. Worth noting: there’s brunch on Sundays featuring things like scrambled eggs, smoked trout, scones, granola, etc. // A.S.

FEELING THIRSTY? Filtered coffees most of all (€3 to €4.50), along with Kodama teas (€4), or freshly squeezed orange juice (€4).

PRICE: Buddha bowl €11.50 to €12.50, pastries €1.50 to €4, brunch €20 (Sunday).

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