Piquant Epicure & Cuisine is one of the newer restaurants in the Hyde Park Village entertainment plaza in Tampa, FL. We’ve been hearing lots of great things about their breakfast and pastries (as well as lunch and dinner) so we headed over to check it out for ourselves.
Piquant Epicure & Cuisine has a prime corner spot in Hyde Park Village with lots of space outside on their patio. Inside it’s a modern, sleek restaurant with a cool pastry and coffee counter. We arrived for breakfast early on a Saturday (to beat the rush) and were seated immediately. We really like the vibe of the restaurant and the modern, yet comfortable look. Large high back booths are along the walls and the clear plastic chairs give the space an open feel. The polished concrete floors are a favorite look of Jeff’s and we also liked the added ‘modern’ jazzy French music that was playing.
The breakfast menu includes a wide array of amazing looking pastries (like the huge ‘cronut’) as well as a smartly picked list of French breakfast favorites. All the options had interesting combinations and unique items that made it hard to pick just one. We scanned the menu to try and find the much talked about duck bacon, but our server was quick to confirm it is definitely available.
The service was excellent trough our breakfast and our server was friendly and quite helpful with any questions. The kitchen was on point as well, with our food arriving in maybe 15 minutes, beautifully plated.Duck Bacon ($7.00). We had to give their version a try and ordered a side to go with our main dishes. Three strips of thick duck bacon were rich with fat and flavor.
Canadian Bacon & Gouda Omelet ($10). The menu states that all omelets are ‘rolled following traditional French technique’. The result is a very impressive looking, flawless omelet. Almost like a perfectly wrapped present with all kinds of goodies inside.
One cut inside and a taste revealed some of the best Canadian bacon we’ve had. The qualities of ingredients are high at Piquant and it adds to the whole experience. We didn’t even miss the side of potato that most other breakfast spots add.
The mushroom sauce was excellent and provided an extra layer of flavor. The roast beef was a step up from your local diner variety and the egg was a great addition. The challah bread was buttered and grilled adding some richness. Overall, a very satisfying and excellent choice.
Piquant Epicure & Cuisine French Restaurant in Hyde Park is definitely a place you should try. The dishes are well executed and the service was excellent. It shows that all areas of the restaurant work well together and the owners really want to make a great spot to indulge in some great French cuisine. We will be by to try the pastries and lunch soon.
Piquant Epicure & Cuisine is located at 1633 W Snow Ave, Tampa, FL 33606