My birthday surprise was a wonderful weekend in Paris. Travelling on the Eurostar from London St Pancras to Paris Gare du Nord. Now let me tell you, when your birthday falls exactly one week before Christmas the combined present becomes the norm. The result of this means I can count the number of birthdays celebrated on one hand – I’m not bitter though, oh no not at all!. I’ll simply say that this was a much appreciated treat.
We stayed in the Paris neighbourhood famous in the twentieth century for its artists and thinkers – Montparnasse. On Sunday we decided to visit the nineteenth century version, Montmartre and the Sacré-Cœur.
If you are a regular reader of our blog you will already know that I’m always on the lookout for great brunch venues. This Sunday was no different. After a little research I liked the look of The Hardware Société. There was something in the name which shouted BRUNCH. I watch out for Club or Social in a name as it often marks a modern, relaxed, and shabby-chic style of eatery.
The Hardware Société turned out to be right on the money. A coffee shop, breakfast and brunch restaurant in spitting distance of the Sacré-Cœur. On arrival people were queuing outside, always a good sign. The exterior was smart, black painted with large windows. We entered, pushing through the heavy grey curtains enclosing the door. Inside it was warm and buzzing with customers eating, waiters and waitresses zipping around. The restaurant was quite crowded with not a lot of space between tables but this simply added to a great atmosphere.
Table sharing is standard here and, we sat at a round window table with a Parisian family: Mum, Dad and son; the son who had this Sunday morning introduced Mum and Dad to The Hardware Société.
Lets get onto the main event, the FOOD. A ordered English Breakfast Tea which surpassed all expectations, arriving in a cosy covered pot. Accompanied by fried pork-belly at €16.50. When I asked A afterwards, she said that the meat was too fatty for her taste, but loved the potato croquettes and fried eggs. For my meal I went with mushrooms, toast, sweet potato and two poached eggs, along with an Americano, at €14.50. First I will say that all the food was beautifully presented and very fresh. I personally found the flavours too strong for this early in the day. Following the lead of our Parisian table mates we went for a dessert, when in Rome… a delicious lemon tart, shared of course.
This is a brunch restaurant of the top order, with lots to like but not cheap. It still has to be worth a visit if you are visiting this area of Paris – maybe even good enough to be the focus of a visit. One tip – make sure you’re hungry!
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Hardware Societe Paris,10 Rue Lamarck, Paris Sunday, December 17 2017