Saturday, 27 September 2014

Food Bloggers Meet at Le Restaurant de PAUL, London

Originating from a family of Charlemagne Mayot and his wife  who were agricultural workers in the Artois region of Northern France, opened  a small bakery located in rue de la Mackellerie in Croix, near Lille in 1989. Who was to know then that 125 years later with five generations the small bakery would grow and evolve into a chain of fantastic bakeries all over the world.  As the chain expanded Pauls introduced tea room and restaurants within their bakeries. Pauls continues to be a family owned company built on the foundations of time-honoured production methods passed down through five generations. A commitment shared in more than 25 countries today Paul bakeries have branches in London, Washington, Dubai, Tokyo, Singapore and Moscow. At Pauls you can drop in to pick up your lunch on the go, sit and enjoy a cup of coffee and a slice of cake or a lavish afternoon tea or even enjoy fine dining in their restaurant.


A group of my blogger friends and I were invited recently to sample the amazing cuisine at Le Restaurant de PAUL in Covent Garden. On arrival as we walked into the boulangerie and pâtisserie the sight and smells of the awesome cakes and bread had us all mesmerised. We were shown to or table in the back of the bakery, which was decorated in French style with beautiful vintage furniture, lights and paintings. The ambiance was very warm and welcoming. The menu is themed on traditional French home cooking and many of the dishes were inspired by this theme.  Being a vegetarian, I was a little worried that my choices would be limited however I was pleasantly surprised to see that there were quite a few dishes that were suitable for vegetarian.


For the starters  a couple of my friends and I chose to share the vegetarian sharing platters which consisted of vegetable crudités, pickled cauliflower, sautéed mushrooms, boiled eggs, dips and roasted Mediterranean vegetables. My other friends chose the charcuterie platters and the baked Camembert. 


The platters were beautifully presented on rustic chopping boards and I particularly loved the way they were placed on the tables on top of a set of condiment jars to add height , this is one idea I will definitely use at my next dinner party. The starters were served with a basket of assorted fresh warm French breads and cheese gougères.







For my main course I chose the Roasted Stuffed Pepper with Grilled Vegetables and Rice, the dish not only tasted delicious as it was perfectly seasoned but it was very colourful and pleasing to the eye too. My friends enjoyed Confit of Duck with Olives, Demi Poulet au Grain Rôti a L’Estragon, Toulouse Sausages with Mashed Potatoes and Bordelaise Sauce, and Sea bass with braised fennel and potato cakes, potato fries and mash. Everyone really enjoyed their main courses, which were accompanied with the house wine, sparkling and still water and juice. Everyone agreed that the food was cooked to perfection and was delicious.




Our final course was the dessert, we were spoilt for choice here but ultimately after much deliberation, I chose the Millefeuille ; thin layers of flaky pastry with delicious vanilla custard and strawberries, my friends enjoyed the Strawberry Frasier, coffee with macaroons and the amazing  Dark chocolate tart, all these desserts were washed down with piping hot coffee.

My friends that accompanied me for this meal were Sylvia, Karen, Tina, Manjiri, Bintu and Heidi. (You can see them all in the picture above) I had a wonderful time and would like to thank Fiona Maclean who put us in touch with the PR for Le Restaurant de PAUL in Covent Garden and to Karen for organising the meal.  The service, the food and the hospitality we received at Le Restaurant de PAUL was outstanding and its one place I will definitely revisit as now I am convinced that being a vegetarian I will have no problem eating there.
I was invited to Le Restaurant de PAUL in Covent Garden to enjoy their hospitality all the views and opinions in this review are my own.

You can see reviews of all the other bloggers at the meal below:
Karen
Fiona
Manjiri
Heidi
Mabintu
Sylvia
Tina

21 comments:

  1. Oh wow all the food looks scrummy and it's always good to hear there are some good options for vegetarians - My brother is veggie and eating out can be such a nightmare when there's only one option on the menu!

    And I feel you made the right dessert choice, so yummy looking!
    Love Lucinda @ http://thefashionfictionary.com

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  2. I love Paul restaurants, the food looks amazing and sounds like you all had a great time x

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  3. I've never eaten in a Paul restaurant but now I am wishing I had x

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  4. What a great blogger gathering :) Jamie Oliver does similar with popping platters on top of tins to give height - thought it was a great idea!

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  5. The food looks amazing, I've really got in to macaroons!

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  6. That looks amazing, the food looks stunning x

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  7. Oh some of those dishes looks amazing! Looks like you all had fun!

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  8. The food looks absolutely amazing. What a great opportunity for a blogger meet.

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  9. Wow fab I think you need to be on tv with your food.x

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  10. I love those Macaroons and the starters looked divine too!

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  11. Looks like a great restaurant and a fab place for meet up.

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  12. Fab write up Nayna! It was such a pleasure to meet up with you all and thank you to Paul's restaurant staff for making this experience great!

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  13. Wow, the food looks stunning! I really wish I was a food blogger, looks like a great meet up

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  14. I'm sad at missing out on all the fun. Nice photos Nayna :)

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  15. It was such a fab evening and the food was seriously good.

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  16. sounds like you had a lovely evening! I enjoy the patisserie in paul. Not had a meal there.

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  17. A BRILLIANT review Nayna and what a great time we all had! Karen

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  18. Its time we all met up again , missing all you lovely ladies a lot ! It was such a fun evening with great food , wine and awesome company xx

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  19. what a selection of beautiful food. Gorgeous

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  20. What a beautiful selection of food, So fresh and colourful

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