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.