REVIEW: Restaurant De PAUL, Covent Garden
If you’re a fan of PAUL, the traditional French bakery and patisserie chain that makes the likes of Greggs crumble into insignificance, you’re in luck. The Covent Garden branch sat on Bedford Street has a wonderful secret lurking in the back – a newly opened restaurant serving breakfast right the way through ’til dinner.
Drawing on the quintessentially French offerings in the shop front (perfect macarons, fresh breads, buttery baked goods, cauldrons of proper hot chocolate… we could go on and on) the restaurant is distinctly Gallic – a whirl of rustic furniture, soft lighting and historical scenes plastered across the (artfully) tattered walls.
Staff show you to a table and proffer baskets of fabulous bread and butter – so tempting it is to eat the entire thing we had to ask for ours to be taken away. And what a menu to choose from – no gimmicks here, just fabulous French dishes that have stood the test of time, from hearty Coq Au Vin to a light Papillote de Saumon, classic Soupe à l’oignon to leafy salads.
We opted for the Charcuterie platter to share (£16.50), a generous selection of jambon cru, coppa, rossette, terrine. saucisson, pickled baby onions and cornichons – so generous that we asked to take it home to enjoy the leftovers for lunch the next day. Next came Confit de Canard aux Olives, a slow-cooked duck breast with (at our special request) gratin dauphinois (£10.50). We would have licked the plate clean if it wasn’t so terribly unsophisticated (ok, un-French) to do so.
Stuffed to the gills we somehow couldn’t resist finishing up with the Brioche Perdu (£3.75) – loosely translated as the ‘lost bread’, the dish originated as a way to use up the end of a loaf – but has morphed into a sumptuous dessert, thick brioche bread covered in anything from custard cream to warm hot chocolate sauce – the latter being the pièce de résistance.
Perfect for entertaining family or friends, we’d recommend this little gem for any day of the week – we’ve already booked to go back and try the breakfast offering – with dishes starting at as little as £3.95, it’d be rude not to. And you know how the French feel about manners…
Where: 29 Bedford St, London WC2E 9ED
Amy @ FashionBite xx