One of my favorite things to do on the weekends is brunch, which I am sure many of you do too!
This past Sunday, my cousin and I tried out a new hot spot in Downtown Los Angeles. Pitchoun Bakery & Café (Pitchoun means ‘kiddo’) is a French bakery created by Frédéric and Fabienne Souliès, whose childhood memories and culinary expertise inspired the couple to share a little taste of their family’s recipes.
- Location. The bakery is located on 545 S. Olive St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, right across from Pershing Square. What I like about the location of the place is the parking garage right next door, which makes it convenient for any visitor going through these busy streets. For a Sunday, I had only paid $5 for the entire day, but, typically, on a weekday the price ranges from $10-$15.
- Aesthetics. Immediately, you’ll notice the orange-colored patio furniture popping out from the washed-out street. Inside, there are (2) squared – tables and (4) lounge chairs by the fireplace, (6) high – chairs by the glass windows, (1) wooden picnic table, and several wooden, rounded tables and seats in the back. There are windows that provide a view of the kitchen, and a counter for your utensils, condiments, coffee, etc. It gives off a very at-home vibe.
- Food. They are best known for their pastries, but, unfortunately, I opted to have a meal instead. I filled myself up with the Two-Soft Boiled Eggs and ‘Mouillettes’ ($8.10), Season Fruit Salad ($3.00), and a large 16oz hot coffee ($3.20), which all came out to $15.59.
- Service. Coming from a customer service background, I understood why the employees at the counter had an aggravated look on their face — who wants to work on a Sunday? But the table servers were really nice! A server holding my cousin’s tea waited patiently as we tried to figure out where to sit, and another server went to grab utensils for us after delivering our meals to the table.
Overall, I would give this place a 4 out of 5 rating. I mean, the food was good, but it wasn’t great so I wouldn’t make the effort to return again unless it was another Sunday and the streets was empty. However, I can imagine the people who work around the area probably do grab lunch here often.
I will say that for a Sunday afternoon, Pitchoun Bakery & Café was a great place to be in if you’re looking for something cozy and comfortable. If you would like to check out my overall rating of the place, take a look at my Yelp review here.
If you’ve tried it, let me know how your experience was!
Have a good weekend!