Attracting a mix of business-people, shoppers and tourists, Paul’s flagship London branch has a large restaurant at the rear with pretty, retro-French decor. Dishes such as paillasson (a giant rösti topped with discs of goat’s cheese, served with roast tomatoes and salad) come with a selection of rolls and butter. A quiche, eaten cold, was crisp on the bottom, but still had an uncooked layer of pastry. The chocolate macarons were correctly moist and creamy at centre with a good clean cocoa flavour. The caring, attentive waiters here put many in posh restaurants to shame – pity we can’t say the same about staff in the small Paul branches dotted around town.
Pre-theatre menus at Le Restaurant de Paul Covent Garden
From 2:30pm to 7pm, you can enjoy at Le Restaurant de Paul in Covent Garden a pre-theatre menu. For £9.95, you can choose two courses between starter, main or dessert. For £12.95, you can choose three courses between starter, main or dessert.
Starter: Soupe du jour or paté de Campagne
Main: Poivron farci (v) or coq au vin
Dessert: café gourmand or fruit tart slice