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La Fourchette Patisserie, Hove

La Fourchette Patisserie
42 Church Road
Tel: 01273 733 228

Opening Times:  They are open from 8am Monday to Saturday and from 9am on a Sunday.  Breakfast is served until 12pm everyday.

Last Visited:  February 2012

La Fourchette Patisserie in Hove has quickly become a very popular destination for those seeking a sophisticated start to the day.  The full tables and positive word of mouth could mean we were in for a treat.

Arriving early on a snowy January morning, I settled into a table next to a radiator to defrost in the warmth of La Fourchette’s Patisserie in Hove. Ordering a cappuccino I spent some time taking in the decor and the atmosphere. Bridging the gap between a patisserie and a restaurant; comfortable seats, friendly (and French speaking) staff, Parisian’esque cafe music and a pile of the daily newspapers make leaving before lunch a real struggle.  With seating for around 40, there may be a short wait for a table during the busy periods.  Walking past over the last year queues form regularly on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 11am.

For the early riser their breakfast menu offers numerous options; each seemingly designed with a specific clientele and time of the morning in mind.  For the hearty breakfast fans a traditional style breakfast, for the more sophisticated a smoked salmon petit dejeuner and those looking for a healthy start can try their Greek Yogurt with honey & fresh fruit.  If you wish to have a small taste of France with a mid morning drink a multitude of pastries await your taste buds.  If you are from around the area then you will probably be familiar with La Fourchette’s pastries, as they supply a number of local cafes and restaurants.

My choice for the day, which will not come as a shock to regular readers, was the traditional breakfast with the scrambled egg removed.  For £7.50 you get two thick and juicy rashers of some of the city’s finest bacon, a heavenly roasted plum tomato, rich and sweet baked beans, crisp pan fried mushrooms and some hearty home-made bread.  You also get for your money not one, but two drinks; a choice of black or white coffee and a freshly squeezed orange juice.  The food was of the highest quality and left me full even without the eggs. A lovely deep salty taste lingered in the tomato and mushrooms, like the flavour you get from cooking down anchovies in a sauce.  The crusty home-made bread made sure that every last drop was mopped up.  The only down side was that sauce was served in sachets.  Perfection, after all is in the detail.

Also worth a mention was their ‘Flat-white’ coffee and cappuccino.  As with most Brighton & Hove cafes now, they were of the highest quality and their smooth and creamy, but not over powering, blend was well worth a second cup.

Hove is fast becoming the city’s “Little France” district,  with Real Patisserie, Treacle & Co, Cafe Valerie and of course La Fourchette, there is no shortage of places to get decent pain au chocolat in the morning.   Overall my lasting feeling was one of immense satisfaction.  My expectations for this chic destination had not only been met, but exceeded.  La Fourchette offers a high quality environment and culinary experience, but a relaxing and enjoyable way to start the day.  A visit is highly recommended.