Le Restaurant de PAUL @ Tower 42 opened earlier this year, proudly presenting the hit of modern je ne sais quoi that the City has been missing. Located at the base of one of London’s iconic skyscrapers, the sleek all-day restaurant features authentic French cuisine with an introduction of gourmet burgers supplied by the Queen’s butcher Donald Russell, a destination wine, champagne and cocktail bar and in-house bakery.
Situated within the Square Mile, Le Restaurant de PAUL brings a contemporary burst of colour and energy to the capital. Building on the strong foundations laid by the first Le Restaurant de PAUL, which opened on Covent Garden’s Bedford Street in 2014, leading French artisan bakery and pâtisserie PAUL has taken its time-honoured traditions but injected them with a hefty hit of City attitude. Equidistant between Liverpool Street and Bank stations along Old Broad Street, the restaurant opens weekdays from early morning until late night for all manner of power breakfast meetings, lunchtime pow-wows, superbly sophistiqué suppers and out of office champagne celebrations.
Authentic Classics & Contemporary Creations
Unwaveringly authentic, plentiful in portion and cleverly mixing the contemporary and classic, Le Restaurant de PAUL’s menu is designed to appeal to varied tastes and dining occasions, filled with regional one-pot dishes, sharing platters, seasonal salads and typical French savoury snacks as well as afternoon tea, freshly baked viennoisserie and fine pâtisserie. Many of PAUL’s dishes are inspired by family recipes passed down throughout its 125-year history, which pay homage to the cornerstones of casual French cookery.
Le Restaurant de PAUL Tower 42 offers breakfast every weekday morning from 6:30am with dishes of oeufs to your preference (Royale, Florentine, poached, scrambled) or healthy new breakfast choices including: freshly blended fruit and vegetable smoothies; multigrain tartines with avocado and bacon or Bircher Muesli. For time-strapped commuters, grab a pastry, still warm from the oven, and a hot drink to have en-route or at your desk.
Lunch and dinner is as leisurely as you like with French classics that diners have come to expect including quintessential Coq au Vin (corn-fed, free-range chicken braised in red wine accompanied with light and fluffy mashed potato), Cabillaud à l’Oseille (roasted line-caught cod, Brittany samphire, sorrel, mussel nage) and Entrecôte à la Bordelaise (fillet steak with Provençal tomato, fries and Bordelaise sauce). Lighter bites include Salade Niçoise and rotisserie chicken. French gourmet burgers and gorgeous sharing platters filled with artisan French cheese and charcuterie round out the menu.
Dessert is an absolute must, whether as a lunchtime pick-me-up or after-dinner treat. Indulge your sweet tooth with Brioche Perdue (French toast with crème anglaise topped with apricot coulis or warm chocolate sauce), a lighter taste of tradition with Île Flottante (poached meringue and homemade crème anglaise) or silky and rich, bottomless Mousse au Chocolat. For the more traditional palate, treat yourself to Eton Mess or classic Pêche or Fraise Melba.
French Wines & House Cocktails
The destination wine bar offers respite from the daily grind of the City with a tempting list of regional French red, white and rosé wines including a selection from small artisan growers and producers – each expertly chosen to enhance the authentic French dishes on the menu.
A range of house cocktails such as the signature L’Avion Bleu, the Negroni Lavande or the Martini Café and a selection of premium champagnes also punctuate the menu. Open until 11pm every weeknight, stop in after work and share a bottle while tucking into one of the sharing platters to relax after a tough day.
Art Deco meets Fifties Style
PAUL’s largest site to date, with just under 100 seats inside and outdoor seating for up to 40 covers, has been styled by independent Parisian designers Coorengel & Calvagrac who used the very first PAUL shop opened in Lille in 1953 as their art deco-style inspiration.
Bold pops of emerald green, ruby red and royal blue, art deco linear grey stone tiling, industrial lighting and modern mirror paneling are at the forefront punctuated by subtle references to PAUL’s 125-year history with 1950’s style benches, colourful armchairs, retro tables and black and white framed family portraits adorning the walls.
Tea for Two
Entertaining a client, treating a friend or taking a half-day to indulge in a bit of ‘me’ time all warrant trying out PAUL’s afternoon tea, served daily from 2:30pm – 5:30pm. Designed for sharing, savour dainty artisan sandwiches, mini macarons, a selection of cakes and sweet brioches with jam and cream served alongside two hot drinks for just £25. Turn it into a real celebration with a glass of Cremant brut each for just £5 extra or Veuve Clicquot for £20 extra.
Of course, the restaurant wouldn’t be PAUL’s if it didn’t feature the brand’s world-famous in-house boulangerie. Whether you crave a fresh pastry in the morning, an artisan sandwich or gourmet salad at lunch or a pretty box of colourful macarons to give as a gift, PAUL’s signature selection of pâtisserie, viennoiserie, artisan breads, celebration cakes, lunchtime staples and range of hot and cold beverages will have you covered.
A delivery service will soon be introduced, enabling busy City workers to cater to any occasion be it an in-office meeting or spur of the moment celebration. Tower 42 is also set to become home to some of PAUL’s popular breadmaking masterclasses so that baking fans can learn the fine art of making their own light, airy loaves from scratch, straight from the experts.
The SLOAN! Review
Le Restaurant de PAUL offers refreshingly genuine and authentic French cuisine in the heart of the City. We were shown to our table and offered a reviving cocktail from Paul’s intriguing menu.
We choose our cocktails from an interesting selection which included an array of beautiful and well thought out combinations. As they arrived it was worth noting Paul’s afternoon tea menu.
We went for the Hedonist Spritz made from Hedonist liqueur, elderflower and cremant de Bourgogne and the Monkey a la Prune made from lemon juice, Evangelista Liquirizia, plum wine, Monkey Shoulder.
The bartender turned the cocktails around quickly giving us more time to enjoy the tantalizing taste and intricate flavours courtesy of some scrumptious cocktails.
The arrival of the bread basket was a tasty prelude for the evening to come. A delicious selection of fresh bread accompanied by a ceramic pot filled with creamy butter.
We started with Coquilles St Jacques which consisted of pan-fried Brixham scallops with cauliflower and apple. The scallops were succulent with a tangtastic truffle and cauliflower puree and an awesome apple crisp bite.
My dining companion was recommended to try the Foie Gras, duck liver pate with a grape compote. It lived up to its reputation and was creamy, smooth and moreish.
For the mains we chose the Entrecote. This was a beautiful piece of Scottish sirloin steak from the Queen’s butcher, Donald Russell. The meat was cooked medium rare and melted in the mouth.
My dinning companion choose the Cotelettes d’Agneau, beautifully marinated lamb cutlets served with roasted pumpkin. The waiter made excellent wine pairings to suit the meat we were eating. A glass of Cotes du Rhone with the steak and a glass of Le Rose Ose with the lamb.
After so much food it is difficult to find room for dessert but who could resist Paul’s famous pistachio macarons. Being a fan of PAUL’s delightful macaroons, we couldn’t end the meal without sampling some.
However we did also have just enough room to try the sumptuous Brioche Perdue which takes French Toast to a whole new level. The Brioche Perdue was as good as it looked and just melted in the mouth.
We prepared the dish by pouring a mixture of apricot coulis and warm chocolate sauce.
Le Restaurant de PAUL Tower 42 is a welcome addition to the PAUL family joining its sister restaurant in Covent Garden. Definitely not just for City types, we highly recommend this dining destination for its uplifting spacious interiors, service excellence and authentic French cuisine.
Le Restaurant de PAUL Tower 42
25 Old Broad Street, Ground Floor, City of London, EC2N 1HQ
0207 562 5599