Le Pain Quotidien - Grilled vegetables and goat’s cheese tartine
An international restaurant chain started 20 years ago by a Belgium man passionate about bread and the idea of people eating together at large communal tables, Le Pain Quotidien has become a bit of an international phenomenon.
Still, some of his outposts remain relatively relaxed places to lounge over coffee with tartines with butter and jam, and then moving onto more savoury options with a glass of wine. When in London check out the Soho branch, which is a stone’s throw from the hell which is Oxford Circus, yet remains calm and serene, overlooking the Tudor-styled Liberty of London and with the Photographer’s Gallery just around the corner.
This particular tartine should be relatively easy to assemble: grill an assortment of summer vegetables (aubergine, courgette, red peppers, sweet onions), toast some hearty pain au levain slices (or other type of sourdough or rye bread), lay the vegetables on top of the bread, scatter with some fresh goat’s cheese, drizzle with pesto and then some fine olive oil, a bit of salt and pepper, and serve.
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