I think I know every single PAUL patisserie in London. No small feat I assure you but highly necessary. Why?
Well, I like good bread and I like really good cake. Whenever I go up to London I always have to treat myself to either their poppy seed baguettes, the pistachio macarons or a heavenly slice of fraisier. So I need to know where the nearest PAUL’s is. That way I always know I have my 15 mins at the end of the meeting where I can dash in, grab myself some cake and a sandwich before runing off to catch my train. Always a happy bunny.
So I was very excited when they invited me to check out their flagship restaurant – Le Restaurant de PAUL in Convent Garden along with my fellow food bloggers. Walking through the doors was almost a magical experience – as we took in the beautifully elegant vintage French décor.
We were shown to our elegant corner table (and served) by one of the warmest and friendliest waitresses I have ever met in any restaurant. We quickly made our food choices and settled down to catch up. Our first course was a selection of vegetarian and meat sharing platters that were so good and generous that I physically had to sit on my hands to stop myself from that one more bite. Plus, I fell in foodie love with the accompanying fluffy cheese gougères.
Then came my main which was Toulouse sausage on top of creamy mash. It held its own against the other bloggers choices which included chicken with tarragon and garlic, and pan roasted sea bass with fennel.
Then came dessert. I had to have my absolute favourite (which I always get, why stop a good thing) the fraisier cake. I am talking sponge cake with cream, strawberries and marzipan. Decadent, fluffy, dreamy and pretty much foodgasmic for me. I made sure every mouthful counted. My fellow foodies had similar expressions of bliss as they dug into their desserts, which included my other favourite, their macarons.
I really enjoyed our meal at Le Restaurant de PAUL. The food was really good, the portions were generous, the staff were warm and friendly, the atmosphere was welcoming, and the food was reasonably priced with mains being between £8 and £17. The sort of place I will love to take my OH and kiddoes for a meal.
Below are reviews from the other foodies.
Lavender and Lovage – Food Blogger Meet Up at Le Restuarant De PAUL London
The Spicy Pear – An Evening at Le Restaurant De Paul, Convent Garden.
Happiness is Homemade – French style dining experience in Le Restaurant de PAUL, Covent Garden.
Citrus Spice – Food Bloggers Meet at Le Restaurant de PAUL, London.
London Unattached – Beyond Boulangerie – An Introduction to Le Restaurant de PAUL.
Heidi Roberts Kitchen Talk – PAUL & Meeting Up With Fellow Food Bloggers.
Slice off Me – Le Restaurant de Paul – Boulangerie Transitions into a Restaurant.
Thanks to the lovely Karen at Lavender and Lovage, Sylvia at Happiness is Homemade and Tina at The Spicy Pear for letting me use their pictures.
Thanks to Le Restaurant de PAUL for inviting me to review their restaurant. All opinions are my own.