In search of a weekday after work apéro on a cold December day, two friends and I decided to test out the newly opened Treize…A Baker’s Dozen. Located in the back of a charming 6th arrondissement courtyard, Treize is not easy to find unless you know what to look for. But then again, that is part of its charm.
We walked into this tranquil and cozy eatery just at closing time but the lovely owner, Laurel, and her sister generously welcomed us in for a glass of wine while they closed up. We sat on the high bar-tables while the two sisters brought us our glasses of wine and offered us a sampling of their signature savory pies, bread and chutney. Since it was the end of the day, there was not much choice in the way of food but we welcomed the opportunity to taste their broccoli-mushroom and shrimp mini pies.
In addition to their signature pies, they serve a nice variety of innovative salads as well as a delectable dessert counter that changes daily. We walked home with to-go boxes of some delicious carrot cake and had a peek of their country-style American apple pie. Laurel has created a menu based on her traditional family recipes that she has revisited and updated with her personal flare.
If it is breakfast you are after, stop in for some serious chow like cheddar-bacon scones or fresh squeezed juices from their juicer. All the veggies and meats are organic, the eggs are free range and the butter is straight from the farm.
Laurel’s homey Treize is a great Saint-Germain spot for thoughtfully crafted breakfasts, lunches and afternoon tea. Don’t forget to try their Coutume coffee from their beautiful Marzocco machine before you head back into the cold!Treize…A Baker’s Dozen 16 rue des Saints Pères, 75007 01 73 77 27 89 Metro: Saint Germain des Près, Rue du Bac Hours: Tuesday – Saturday; 10am – 7pm