Dinner in Paris? Easy. Lunch? A breeze. A petit quatre-heures? Pffft. Breakfast? That's harder...
Because the French are so well-known for their croissants, pains au chocolat and pains aux raisins etc, it might come as a shock to you that breakfast is not actually a big meal over here in Paris. What about those baguettes, still warm from the boulanger's oven and topped with a little salted butter, I hear you say. It's something that's largely taken for granted and so it is wolfed down very quickly. To actually find a place where breakfast is given the respect it deserves without having to pay through the nose for a crappy brunch, now that is harder.
As a Brit, I haven't bought into the brunch craze that has hit Paris in recent times. I refuse to pay upwards of 20 euros for some coffee, orange juice and a stale piece of bread. If I do go out for food in the mornings (call it breakfast, call it brunch, potato, potahto) I need more than novelty, I need something that I won't or can't do myself at home and I need it of a high quality.
This is where Claus fits in. Here is a man who believes in breakfast. This makes him truly one of a kind and somebody whose priorities are very similarly aligned to my own.
This is not just a restaurant which has hashed-together a brunch menu. This is also a shop, an épicerie, where they have thoughtfully congregated the highest quality ingredients (a high proportion from the UK) for your breakfasting pleasure. These then all are ready for you to take away (muesli, granola, dried fruits, jam, coffee...) to make yourself chez toi. If you would rather sit in, there is a salon du thé on the first floor. Order whatever takes your fancy (I recommend the "Claus menu") but you won't be disappointed. If you have a sweet tooth, you would probably prefer the mouth-watering selection of cakes, cupcakes and biscuits that are freshly baked on site.
Before you all get a little too concerned that this is a shop / restaurant that is only open in the mornings, think again. It is open until 5 or 6pm and should be highly encouraged as THE place to go for a coffee and something sweet to quench your mid-afternoon petit faim. The coffee is sourced from Coutume and is some of the very best that Paris has to offer.
Thursday having been a bank holiday in France this week, I decided to enjoy my extra day off by taking it easy, catching up on current affairs etc with an espresso and a piece of ginger and pistachio shortbread.
Open 7/7, 7.30am - 6pm Monday - Friday
9.30am - 5pm Saturday and Sunday
A quick addendum to congratulate Claus for just having celebrated one year that this restaurant-épicerie has been open! No small feat!