Imagine walking into a café where the show goes on all night until the morning we dream so long anybody ever wonder when they would see the sun up just remember when you come up the show goes on.
[19 rue Lucien Sampaix, 75010 (Paris, France; 10th district)]
Owned and operated by the unstoppable duo: Sarah & Nico, Holybelly has been “serving deliciousness since 2013”. This uniquely themed café is a utopia for the quality brunch & coffee hankering soul. But more than a place to stuff your face, dining at HB will make you believe in the power of caring.
Quality of Service:
The service at the Belly is nothing but exceptional. The always fashionable and friendly Nico and his team of Class A servers welcome guests front of house en anglais et français and give them a tour of the menu riddled with Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones references. Deliciously good humour. (Just a heads up, they don’t take reservations because it deters from the sanctity of fairness. It’s first-come-first-serve at chez Holybelly.)
Mephobia Alert: As if they weren’t awesome enough, Nico, despite only knowing me for a few minutes, let me in on his new pet project. He also co-hosts hospo.jobs: a job site for Paris’ hospitality industry.
Quality of Product:
Meanwhile, Sarah and her team of culinary artisans create soul food so good that you can’t help but believe their motto: it’s good because we care. If that doesn’t impress you, Sarah also takes the time to escape the kitchen in order to stop at each table and greet her customers. *swoon
Like Ten Belles, they brew only the best Belleville beans on their Linea Machine. Their flat “Walter” white (hold the meth) goes for a reasonable 4 euros (500 yen, 5 dollars). I was fortunate to dine with friends so I was able to enjoy two scrumptious dishes: Breakfast Nachos (fried corn tortillas from Mil Amores with 4 cheeses and beer sauce, red beans, tomato and coriander salad, guacamole, hummus/crema, salsa and eggs) and the Savory Stack (pancakes, fried eggs, bacon, butter, maple syrup). Legen-wait for it-dary.
This place has the best combo of chill and bustling vibes. Telecommuters type away undisturbed alongside families spending quality time together. Everyone is aware of how awesome HB vibes are; so, be prepared to wait at least an hour for Sunday brunch.
My time at HB ended with Lupe’s The Show Goes On playing over the sound system and I can’t think of a more suave song to represent Holybelly. It’s a classy, familiar song filled with drive and determination. Which got me thinking. What makes their show go on?
They are successful and will continue to be successful because they genuinely care. You can feel it as soon as you enter. They send out love, kindness, and appreciation to everyone who supports them. The evidence is written all over their social media platforms. And like any family unit, they’re not afraid to share their dreams. Lookout Lisbon!
That being said, Sobremesa explains the essence of Holybelly much better than I.
Helpful Coffee Tips:
An espresso is the quintessential ingredient in all espresso-based drinks. But what is an espresso exactly?
Espresso: a 3rd wave espresso is a 1.5-2.5 oz./40-70 ml (yield) beverage prepared from 17-22 grams (dose) of dry coffee through which clean water of 192°-202°F (92°-95°C) has been forced at 9-10 bars (atmospheres of pressure), and where the grind of the coffee is such that the brewing (flow) time is approximately 20-30 seconds. While brewing, the flow of espresso will appear to have the viscosity of warm honey and the resulting beverage will exhibit a thick, dark, golden crema.
So… the flow time, pressure, water temperature, and dose of coffee will effect the outcome of an espresso. The goal of every barista/roaster/coffee connoisseur is to find the perfect combinations (or recipe) of the above parameters.
Now go out and impress people with your random coffee knowledge.