With stunning views over to the Cathedral, Café Rouge St Paul’s is the place to enjoy a little slice of Paris in the heart of London. Café Rouge, Britain’s best-loved bistro since 1989, has completed a £500,000 refurbishment of its flagship site opposite St. Paul’s cathedral. The largest scheme to be undertaken by the brand as part of its national rejuvenation programme, Café Rouge St. Paul’s now features a beautiful mural, specially commissioned for the 182 cover restaurant inside the magnificent Condor House.
Old oak floors have been brought back to their original best and bespoke banquettes made from the softest buttery leather offer supremely comfortable seating that conjures up the romance and decadence of Paris. The architect responsible is renowned Neil Masters of Cantor Masters, a boutique London firm known for having a fine eye for beautiful detailing and stylish, timeless concepts. Using a sumptuous palette of gold, black and, of course, rouge, the bistro has been fully restored to period glory with features such as gold leaf window screens, hand-foiled high ceilings, beautiful blinds, dramatic black awnings and vintage marble tiled flooring.
Furthermore, Neil has designed bespoke marble bars and table tops, authentic pendant lighting, mottled mirroring and beautiful boudoir bathrooms to complete the French bistro experience. To complement the refined interior, Café Rouge has a carefully-curated selection of freshly-cooked French food on the menu including starters such as the simple yet delicious Plateau de Charcuterie offering wild boar saucisson.
For our starters, we sampled the creamy Lobster Bisque which is a perfect winter warmer during the colder months.
We also tried the Tempura Mussels which stood out as an excellent dish of succulent mussels enrobed in light crispy batter.
With bistro classics like Steak Frites there is something on the menu to appeal to every taste. All steaks are 35 day aged and are served with garlic butter and frites or house salad. Sauces include snails & garlic butter, lobster & dill butter as well as classic bèarnaise or peppercorn.
Another bistro favourite is Lamb Shank, here beautifully slow-cooked and served with piperade, herb mashed potato and thyme jus.
For dessert, why not try a couple of scoops of ice cream from the wide selection of flavours such as vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, tarte tatin, salted caramel or chocolate & raspberry fondant. Or perhaps a refreshing sorbet such as classic lemon or the interesting combination of strawberry & black pepper. For chocolate lovers, we recommend the Chocolate Fondant with its melting chocolate centre served with chocolate & raspberry fondant ice cream.
The bistro has a specially commissioned ‘Cityscape’ artwork of Paris meets London mural, which features as the ‘pièce de résistance’. The one-off artwork is entitled ‘Cityscape’ and is the creation of designer Jia Jia Wu. At 3.5m x 1.5m, it dominates a main wall in the bistro and brings together the finest elements of Paris and London, featuring landmarks such as Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower and the Rivers Seine and Thames. Hand-painted in black, white and gold, the mural can be viewed by passers-by who walk along St Paul’s Courtyard and enjoyed for longer by Café Rouge diners.
In authentically Parisian surroundings, Café Rouge prides itself on extending a warm welcome to everyone seeking a real taste of bistro life all day, every day. Combining the very best examples of classic bistro cuisine, wine and coffee, Café Rouge presents customers with exciting and delicious choices from breakfast and lunch to dinner and drinks. For meet-ups with friends, family dinners and romantic special occasions, Café Rouge sets the scene for deliciously memorable times. Whether you’re a London local, or just visiting, Café Rouge St Paul’s is not one to be missed!
Cafe Rouge St Pauls
5 Condor House, St Pauls Church Yard, London EC4M 8AY
020 7489 7812