Paul French Bakery & Restaurant, Covent Garden

Most of you will know Paul as the French bakery chain (personally I think they’re one of the few places in London to do authentically great croissants on par with ones you would find in France).

But they’ve now got a proper sit down restaurant attached to their Covent Garden branch. As you might have guessed they do classic French food at very reasonable prices, especially given the touristy location. The pre-theatre menu is £9.95 for 2 courses or £12.95 for 3!

We went for breakfast and kicked off with a selection of beautiful, buttery pastries including fabulous dark chocolate pain au chocolat and fluffy butter croissants, which came with pats of French butter and pots of homemade Strawberry jam.

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J got talking to Carine (Head of Marketing for Paul UK) as he was impressed by the way they had converted the beautiful old style traditional open-plan French bakery with its lovely beige tiles, and she informed him that they had tried to maintain that traditional atmosphere of walking into a traditional bakery but wanted to have that modern feel. Their kitchen is now a beautiful black and stainless steel design with half-glass walls, so you can still see the theatre of the kitchen like you could previously.

For the main affair, I had the oeufs royale (poached eggs with smoked salmon on toast) and J had the oeufs Florentine with spinach.

Oeufs Florentine with spinach

Oeufs Florentine with spinach

We also indulged in a shared brioche French toast which came with a crisp outer exterior as they had caramelised the sugar almost like a crème brulee! This comes with a choice of crème anglaise, apricot coulis or warm chocolate sauce – the perfect accompaniments to a brioche perdue. (Our waiter was kind to us as we could not decide between these so he brought us both the apricot coulis and the warm chocolate sauce.)

Brioche Perdue

Brioche Perdue

Our sights are on the Salade Aveyronnaise (with smoked duck breast) and the Croque Madame (Croque Monsieur topped with a fried egg) to try next time we visit for lunch!

A little hidden gem tucked behind the church in Covent Garden.

Twitter: @PAUL_BAKERY  @RocheCom

PAUL Covent Garden Le Restaurant de PAUL
29 Bedford Street

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Le Restaurant de PAUL all day dining from 7:00am.
Our Bakery closes at 22:00.
Opening hours* :
Monday 07:00 – 23:00
Tuesday 07:00 – 23:00
Wednesday 07:00 – 23:00
Thursday 07:00 – 23:00
Friday 07:00 – 23:00
Saturday 08:00 – 23:00
Sunday 08:00 – 22:00
Breakfast & Brunch Menu:
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International food and travel blog by London based British Goan duo: Jason and Chiara Pinto. Twitter: @goantolondon @jasonpinto100 @chiarapinto About Goa: Goa is a small state on the western coast of India. Though the smallest Indian state, Goa has played an influential role in Indian history. Goa was one of the major trade centers in India, thus it had always been attracting the influential dynasties, seafarers, merchants, traders, monks and missionaries since its earliest known history. Throughout its history Goa has undergone continual transformation, leaving an indelible impression on various aspects of its cultural and socio-economic development. History of Goa: The East-West symbiosis of Goa makes it different from other parts of India, more than the historical and social niche. The history of Goa is a sweet and sour story of colonial heritage, oppressive rulers, a glorious culture, and uneventful immediate past. As a land with the identity of its own, Goa was brought into focus when it was liberated of Portugal from its oppressive rule of around 450 hundred years in 1961. Goa was captured and annexed to the Portuguese in 1510 following the urges of trade and demand of spices and also cottons and indigo. But, Goa has a history that starts much before Portugal even thought of Goa being where it is. Goa was coveted and ruled by a great number of Indian kingdoms and dynasties from the 4th century onwards. The first kingdom to rule Goa and Konkan were Bhojas, who were the feudatories of Ashoka in 4th and 5th centuries AD. The city of Chandrapur (present Chandor) was founded by Prince Chandraditya, son of Chalukya King Pulakesin from 566 to 597 A.D. after this, Goa was ruled consecutively by Silahara Dynasty, Kadamba Danasty, and finally Hoysalas from 1022 to 1342 A.D. From the 14th century onwards, Goa became a great trading center on the west coast, especially in the vast trade of horses imported from the Middle East. This was the time for bigger empires to move in and Vijayanagar Empire conquered it in 1344. But there empire was not going to last too long and in 1347, Bahmani Sultans defeated Vijayanagara forces in 1347 and controlled Goa. Afterwards, it was a time of great prosperity and peace for Gpa, especially during the rules of Yusuf Adil Shah and Ismail Adil Shah. They created beautiful houses, fortified Goa, and encouraged local craftsmen. Their liberal and progressive rule was not going to last too long and situation changed in 1510 A.D. Goa for all purposes was not on the Portuguese Radar even after a long time of their presence in India. When the Portuguese nobleman Alfonso de Albuquerque and his cousin Francisco de Albuquerque were sent with a powerful fleet in 1503 on the orders of King Dom Manuel I, the purpose was to defend the cargoes of spices, mostly pepper, against Arab Muslim raiders. The center of spice trade was Calicut at that time and Portuguese had built forts in Cochin and Cannanore. It was in 1506-08 that an opportunistic pirate, Timoja, persuaded Albuquerque to attack Goa and acquire a better land base. This made Goa, Portugal's first real territorial acquisition in Asia. After a brief period of recapturing by the Muslims, Goa Albuquerque finally captured Goa in 1510. The inquisition of Goa in 1540 reversed the previous liberal policy of Albuquerque and imposed strict censorship of literature and new laws to forbade non-Christians from professions. Forced conversions took place continuously, censorship was established on literature, the temples were destroyed, and non-Christian priests, holy men, and teachers were evicted. This led to continuous fleeing of Hindus from Goa to other parts of India. It is not that the relationship with Portugal brought only destruction for the Goans. Portuguese also built great churches like the church of St. Cajetan and Bom Jesus basilica in Old Goa, which is a pilgrimage site for the Christians from around the world. But it is also true that pre-1961; Goa was a highly impoverished region very backward and primitive. It is after the liberation that Goa of today has emerged and it has surprised even the locals many of whom had left their homeland before its liberation. Portugal and India are today friends and Goa continues to be a fascinating blend of Latin and Oriental. Information sourced from:
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