Sat there at your desk with your sweaty sandwich you made the night before sadly flopping in front of you? Or can't be bothered to queue around the corner at the sandwich shop for the same-old-same-old? Well, you may want to try somewhere you may not have thought of for lunch before.
Last week I attended a lunch launch (try saying that 10 times in a row) at Julien Plumart Boutique. You'll see that I posted a rave review recently, mainly about the sweet treats on offer but I think they want to promote their savoury menu as well. Although limited, as with their patisserie, everything is made from scratch so their quiches and the savoury brioche buns for sandwiches are baked in-house.
I've seen brioche buns used for burgers but I have yet to come across anyone in Brighton serving sandwiches with brioche bread. And that is the main pull for JPB. You just can't find anything like their products anywhere else in the city. The quiches are richer yet delicate and the brioche just adds a level of decadence to a standard lunch style. I tasted all of the fillings and they were pretty good, varied and fresh. For example, some of the fillings were smoked salmon, fromage blanc, watercress and cucumber or roast tomato, mozzarella and olive tapenade. They are not reinventing the wheel here, just refining the classics.
What is good about lunching here is that unlike most of the cafes nearby, if you wanted a dessert you have a heck of a lot more choice than a hefty slab of carrot or chocolate cake. From the summer collection, I can 100% recommend the Royal Crunchy Choc which is a 64% dark chocolate mousse sat on top of a thin, crisp hazelnut praline. This was no less than incredible I tell ye. Eye rolling of the good kind was going on. If chocolate doesn't float your boat then the Passion Fruit Meringue Tart which was in a case of coconut and lime shortbread is a good option. Jasmine Tea, Vanilla Espresso, Pistachio, Yogurt & Raspberry and Black Forest are this seasons flavours which join the never ending display of colourful macaroons.
Well worth a visit at lunchtime.
Julian Plumart Boutique Salon du Thé
27 Duke Street
I was invited to try the menu.