Whenever I am in Paris, for more than a few days, I try at some point to head to the Rose Bakery for lunch. The Rose Bakery at 46, Rue des Martyrs is a bakery/café/shop which sells and serves uncomplicated, flavoursome and mainly organic food at affordable prices. A throng of hungry and subsequently happy diners have beaten a path to its doors since Anglo-French couple Rose and Jean-Charles Carrarini opened it in 2002. A London outpost opened in 2007.
The Rose Bakery in London is on the top floor of the Dover Street Market; it is lilliputian. On my recent jaunt to London I had lunch there for the first time, on previous visits to the London branch I had only sampled coffee and the scones. The decor is pleasingly simple. There are three long rectangular tables (for sharing) flanked by serried rows of chairs in a mix and match of colours. There are just a few tables for two and the there is also a teeny tiny roof terrace overlooking the adjoining London rooftops with space for a small number to dine al fresco on balmy days.
It was very busy when I arrived just after one thirty but was noticeable calmer when I was leaving. Next time I think I would arrive a little later to avoid the main lunchtime crush as I found the long shared table a bit of a squash when the place was full. Typical items on the menu include soups, tarts and risottos, there is also a stupendous selection of cakes. I enjoyed my lunch of tomato and bacon tart (quiche) served with a plain green salad followed by a slice of delicious coconut and lime cake.
Several years ago I bought the Rose Bakery cookbook ‘Breakfast, Lunch, Tea’ and it has become a firm favourite to check for great recipes; I have just been looking through it and I realized I have never made their famous carrot cake so I think that it’s next on my to-bake list.
Do you have a favourite café in a foreign city?
Note: The Rose Bakery (Paris and London) is open daytime only.