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This article is about Pain Perdu, not bread pudding, because that’s a totally different thing! Some people even refer Pain Perdu as French toast, but it’s really so much more indulgent. An amped up French toast, maybe.

I’ve scoured the country for years in search of the best Pain Perdu, and I’ve had some pretty bad ones.

So here I am now with a list of my five must-try pain perdu in Lebanon. Obviously I haven’t finished my “Pain Perdu To-Do” list (such as Olio, Alesia, Cucina…), but I can guarantee that you will love these (or else all that weight gain would have been in vain):



1. Couqley


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A well-deserved place on this list, the Pain Perdu at Couqley is phenomenal. Not once have I ordered this sweet dish and been disappointed. It is prepared and presented with finesse and always tastes the same: delicious.

Address: The Alleway, Gouraud Street, Gemmayze, Beirut
Contact: +961-1- 442678



2. SUD


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I’ve had the Pain Perdu at SUD more times than I care to admit. On our way down from Harissa, at their branch in Dbayeh, as well as in SUD Mar Mikhael on a casual day date. SUD’s Pain Perdu has a crunchy and caramelized exterior enveloping a soft moist interior, served with ice cream. I will keep coming back for this.

Address: Armenia Street, Facing Manar Gas Station, Mar Mikhael, Beirut
Contact: +961-1-560900



3. Prune


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I’ve been to Prune a number of times, and every time I visit, I order their renowned “Pain Retrouvé”. They have definitely found it. The Pain Perdu at Prune is ultimate bliss. Two thick chunks of soaked brioche toast drenched in caramel, and served with vanilla ice cream as it should be!

Address: Madrid Street, Mar Mikhael, Beirut
Contact: +961-1-569939



4. Goutons Voir


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The Pain Perdu at Goutons Voir also comes in a pair and looks similar to Prune’s – perhaps that’s the secret to making a great Pain Perdu? I would ask for extra caramel on the side (but maybe that’s because I’m a caramel addict).

Address: Abdel Wahab El Inglizi Street, Ashrafieh, Beirut
Telephone: +961-1-333644



5. Gordon’s Cafe at Le Gray Hotel


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After ordering their succulent Brie & Bacon Burger, you MUST order the Pain Perdu masterpiece at Gordon’s Café! Trust me, you want to check out the exclusive personal review of Gordon’s Café at Le Gray Hotel. You can thank me later!

Address: Le Gray Hotel, Level 6, Martyrs' Square, Downtown, Beirut
Contact: +961-1- 972000

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AND Bagatelle!!

Randa RS on Dec 28, 2016 via web
 
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You forgot the most important one: Balthazar. You cheesy pretentious blogger

Charbel Khoury on Dec 28, 2016 via mobile web
 
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Where's Balthazar?? You pretentious blogger

Charbel Khoury on Dec 28, 2016 via mobile web