My Où Bruncher series is back! And I'm kicking off with a repeat of my favourite place in Paris for eggs benedict, Les Bonnes Sœurs. Tucked away just off Places des Vosges, this cosy place serves up great brunches. I had the chance to go there again a couple of weeks ago when I met up with my friends Francesco and Julia along with Raphael for a mini-reunion after my 6 months away.
The eggs benedict were as good as I remembered them! You can order with with either bacon or salmon, both of which are equally sumptious. Francesco ordered a burger which I have had before and is also quite good here at Les Bonnes Sœurs. When I last came here with Julia, we ordered their formule de brunch, which comes with eggs served as you wish, salad, fries, pancakes, freshly squeezed orange juice, and either a coffee or a tea, all for €23. It's probably one of the best value-for-money brunches in town especially in light of how much food they give you. Ordering à la carte is also quite decent in terms of prices.
Alas, the one big strike against Les Bonnes Sœurs is their service, especially after word got out and it became popular with tourists (I always hear a spattering of English around). But, wait, let me caveat that with an explanation. Like many other popular brunch places in Paris, Les Bonnes Sœurs doesn't take any reservations. Which means that you must arrive before noon to get a table under 15 minutes. Otherwise, you'll be part of the hour-long bustling queue that begins to form outside the door right around mid-day.
Three of us got there on time, but the white French male waiter gave Raphael, who was a bit late, such a difficult time that it marred the experience. He basically would not let Raphael order - which is all good and well, but there's a polite way vs. an extremely rude way to say it. That said, whenever Julia and I have been here in the past, we have always managed to get the black French male waiter - who is super polite, generous, and generally quite thoughtful. He was willing to serve Raph, but his colleague vehemently protested. Because of this, Raphael has decided to boycott the place - which is an unfortunate outcome given how much I adore their eggs benedict. If only rude waiters (French or otherwise) would realise that their quality of service does have a tangible impact on their business, perhaps they would adjust their behaviour!!
Now one good outcome of this is that I am now forced to go hunting for even better eggs benedict in Paris! A challenge that I most willingly accept. :) How about you? Do you have any tips for great brunches in Paris? And even better, great eggs benedict in Paris? If so, please share them with myself and the other readers below!
Les Bonnes Soeurs
8, rue du Pas de la Mule
Métros: Chemin-Vert, Saint-Paul, Bastille