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REVIEW: Le Restaurant De Paul Tower 42

REVIEW: Le Restaurant De Paul Tower 42


A rustic French bakery, that’s also a restaurant, that’s also in the heart of the grey, cold city of London? We know you’re intrigued. And rightly so, because Le Restaurant De Paul Tower 42 attempts the impossible – traditional cooking and relaxed, friendly service in the world of business deals, client lunches and company credit cards – Bishopsgate.

Having visited Le Restaurant De Paul in Covent Garden last year, we had an idea of the quality produce in store for us.

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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’s theme is distinctly Gallic – but unlike the rustic Covent Garden branch, stylistically it’s business as usual in Tower 42 – a palette of jewel colours, bronze light fixtures and seriously jazzy mirror lights in the bathrooms keeping things classy for the well to-do clientele.

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Beginning with an obligatory round of crusty French bread, we sampled a traditional French onion soup – excellent. With meat coming in from the same supplier as City Social, we couldn’t resist plumping for a medium rare steak avec frites for mains (for which the chef happily made us a perfect peppercorn sauce) alongside a beautiful tuna nicoise salad, with thick, seared tuna steak.

A range of other meat is on offer including lamb chops, chicken and huge boards of charcuterie. Dessert is something worth staying for, the kindly waitress arriving at your table with a veritable bucket of chocolate mousse and a spoon – all you have to do is say ‘when’.

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Le Restaurant de Paul Tower 42 makes for a steadfast (yet somehow, seemingly under the radar) spot when looking to entertain clients, family visiting for the weekend or a secluded, romantic date in the heart of the city. It’s so close to everything, really, it’d be rude not to try it out. And you know how the French feel about manners…

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Photo credits: Media Wisdom Photography Ltd, Giles Christopher

Amy Everett is FashionBite's food and travel editor, she also writes for national newspapers and magazines including the Guardian Travel, Stylist, Shortlist, Red, Cosmopolitan and more.

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