When my friend Lindsay Googled, “best breakfast food in Paris,” an Australian restaurant is the last thing I thought would pop up. An Australian breakfast joint in France seemed a bit peculiar to me, but the menu looked great so we set out to Holybelly for a late breakfast.
Holybelly offers a deal where you get your choice of eggs (poached, fried or scrambled) with toasted sourdough bread, butter from Poitou-Charentes and choice of two sides. I picked scrambled eggs, and hashbrowns and leafy green salad as my sides. Lindsay and I also decided to get something sweet to share, so we ordered the sweet stack, which were pancakes with fruits de saison, creme fouetée (whipped cream), noisettes (hazelnuts) and sirop d’érable (maple syrup).
My eggs came out perfectly fluffy and light – you really couldn’t ask for them to be any better. The bread was fresh, crispy and toasted just right. The salad added some nice greens to the meal and had a very subtle dressing flavor. The hashbrown was amazing, though. I didn’t expect it to be one giant hashbrown, but it was truly crispy on the outside and light on the inside. Every hashbrown should be modeled after this one.
The pancakes were glorious and perhaps some of the best pancakes I’ve ever had. They were different from pancakes I’ve had in America because they were hardly sweet, but I didn’t feel the need to pour maple syrup over them like I normally do. I don’t typically care much for whipped cream but this one tastes fresh and light. The kiwis, apples, oranges and pomegranates sprinkled on top added the perfect level of sweetness, while the nuts added a nice savory component.
This may sound ridiculous, but I sometimes go back and look at the pictures I took of this breakfast. The food was so deliciously satisfying that I want to relive it again and again.
Address: 19 Rue Lucien Sampaix, 75010 Paris, France
Phone number: N/A.
Price: $$ Reasonable.
Hours: Mon-Fri 9 AM-5 PM, Sat-Sun 10 AM-5 PM
Atmosphere: Cute, hipster and quaint.