The unmarked, simple entrance is easy to pass but luckily your nose will guide you to the delicious smells of the freshly baked goodies Rose Bakery. This French-Anglo restaurant’s minimalist design is the perfect to setting to enjoy the scrumptious brunch or a fresh salad for lunch. The owner, Rose Carranini, has succeeded in her attempts “to dissolve the distinction between home and restaurant cooking” (as written in her cookbook) with the unpretentious and simply delicious menu. Rather you are looking for a meal or just some tea and scones, Rose Bakery is a wonderful place.
The narrow restaurant is normally packed with a queue of locals, expats, bobos, and foodies going out the door. Try to arrive before noon in order to avoid a long wait. There is a take away counter proudly displaying cakes and the fresh salads of the days. The food is made with local and organic products and while it has a French flair, most of the dishes have a heavy British influence. Even with its Brit influence, Rose Bakery has done extraordinarily well in Paris and now has two locations.
Because I am an Eggs Benedict snob (sorry, but my mom makes the best!), I rarely decide to order this dish in order to avoid being disappointed. However, I had good vibes at Rose Bakery and took the risk. My instincts were right. The eggs resting on a bed of cooked spinach and crunchy toast were covered in a creamy, zesty Hollandaise sauce. Not one ingredient took the light, but rather is was a perfect marriage of tastes. I luckily found myself seated at a table near the door of the restaurant and found myself being watched by the hungry onlookers. When I asked, I proudly declared the phenomenal dish I was eating was in fact the Eggs Benedict.
I am sad I didn’t make it over to this little gem sooner. These are the types of places I get so much enjoyment out of in Paris. Delicious and fresh food in a simple setting. I absolutely loved the brunch but I definitely will be back again to try their lunch menu.
30 rue Debelleyme
Metro: Filles du Calvaire
Tu-Sun: 9am-6pm (kitchen closes at 4pm) Closed on Monday
46 rue des Martyrs
Metro: Notre-Dame-de-Lorette, Pigalle
Tu-Sun: 10am-6.30pm (kitchen closes at 4pm) Closed on Monday
*Brunch is only on Saturday & Sunday