Seven years ago, a Parisian expat in Warsaw named Vincent was having troubles finding a good loaf of French style bread. Upon searching and searching, he finally became so frustrated that he decided to start baking his own. Fast-forward a few years and a chance meeting with Kryzstof, a Polish businessman, led to the pair eventually realising their dream of opening a French Bistro with authentic baked goods.
The first Vincent café opened up on Warsaw's swanky Nowy Swiat street, with another two branches opening soon after on the back of the first café's success.
Next on Vincent's horizon is of course Wroclaw. With their latest café having just opened its doors here a few days ago, I thought I'd take up the chance to sample the Vincent experience for myself.
According to Vincent's owner, everything in the store is made from scratch – unlike the frozen bread that's tossed into the ovens in most supermarkets. If my experience is anything to go by, you'll certainly be able to tell the difference – especially when you take a whiff of one of their buttery croissants. As good bakers will tell you, there are no shortcuts to making the perfect croissant.
Apparently the baked goods start being made at 1 am. Nope, you did not read that wrong. They start prepping that early in the morning to make sure everything is perfect by breakfast time. So with Wroclaw still a bit short on breakfast places, Vincent Café may soon become a safe haven for a morning cup of Joe and some creamy scrambled eggs. For lunch, you can expect menu items such as a classic French onion soup, quiche and a variety of different sandwiches. And if you find yourself in the old town in the evening, a glass of wine with some cheese and assorted French tapas may catch your fancy.
On my visit to Vincent I took it simple, and opted for a cappuccino and an orange croissant. The croissant was buttery and flaky with a gorgeous orange filling that was neither too sweet nor bitter. Along with a creamy cappuccino, it was a fitting way to perk me up in the morning.
As for the ambiance, there’s nothing exaggerated about Vincent café. It’s a modest place with simple food that shows customers that a few high quality ingredients are all that’s ever really needed to create something satisfying.
I hope to be back to Vincent soon to give the other items a go. If you happen to stop by, give some of the pastries a try or take a loaf of bread home with you – the Fig & Walnut loaf in parcticular will not disappoint.
Café Vincent, Oławska 8
Tel: 507 005 802, website