If there is one big disappointing culinary experience LYA has to report for 2012 it is the one we had at the “Beaucoup” bar/restaurant during a casual Sunday Brunch in Paris, a month ago… When you say brunch, your mind assimilates this little word to a cray-cray farandole of food: warm fresh homemade pastries, fresh orange juice, crazy eggs, and more!!! So of course, when we heard it was a very brand new trendy restaurant in the IN district of Paris, there was no way we would leave the city without trying the Beaucoup Brunch.
When you enter the restaurant the first expression is: “waouw” (yes the price is high for a brunch, but thats not the reason of the “waouw” haha). Indeed, the hyper polished interior design makes you feel both in an Ikea dining room and in a “Pain Quotidien” restaurant, with a small touch of modernity. The premise is very large, the bar is very long and in the back of the room, you can see the chef and the cooks live, in action.
While heading to the reserved table, nicely accompanied by one of the young waitress, I took a quick look at the buffet (shown above) and my first thought was the following: “mmhh…. not so waouw, well… I’ll manage to find something good right?”. The place was packed with hippy-chic families and groups of friends. The very large tables make of this restaurant a perfectly suitable place to catch up with your besties and sit-eat-talk for hours.
The brunch formula includes: a first round at the buffet where you fill in your plate with gravlax salmon, industrial pastries, weird fish carpaccio and a very interesting version of the pain perdu baguette style. Of course, you also order a hot drink and a juice (we don’t have the same definition of “fresh”, Beaucoup’s definition concerns the temperature of the bottle of juice whereas our definition includes the “homemade” aspect of it…). The second round: you receive a low-temperature poached egg. Did we have a choice in terms of how we wanted our eggs? No, poached was the only option: no scrambled, no sunny side up, no nothing… Okay whatever we dealt with it. But if an egg can only be poached, at least it should be good, and it wasn’t.
Did you think the brunch was done now? No!!! After you have eaten all this comes….. Beef or Pork with salad… OMG! You must have seen my face when the huge entrecote arrive in front of me!!! The meat was perfectly cooked, let’s admit it. But after the buffet and the egg, how can you possibly fit an entrecote in your little belly?! Moreover, how weird is it to offer entrecote or pork fillet in a Brunch formula? I’d rather have great funky eggs and amazing pastries than have to face an entrecote at 3:00 PM…
I don’t especially like to criticize, especially when the restaurant is new. But when you pay 35euros for a Brunch, you expect it to be good or even super good. The service was nice and waiters are young and dynamic. The interior is creative, original and the space of the room is very impressive. But unfortunately, our point of view is that the brunch menu is over priced, far away from being kid-friendly (no special kid menu), the pastries and juices are not fresh or homemade, and the menu should be revisited and modified. Just sayin’! If the food was good, the price would be understandable and the experience worth it.