The bar at the new Le Paris Grill St Paul’s (at 6 Little Britain) will be officially open on 22nd September with the restaurant now following a week later than originally planned on the 7th October.
The Le Paris Grill business was started over 30 years ago by husband and wife team Michel and Pat Trouard-Riolle and the existing restaurant is now in its 3rd incarnation at Tower Hill (at 37 Crutched Friars, EC3) having previously been located on Bury Street and before that, London Wall.
This second restaurant will now serve us closer to the Barbican. The ambience at the Tower Hill venue in the insurance district of the City is that of a typical French bistro and the sparkling new bar/restaurant at Little Britain looks to be equally inviting at first viewing.
The bar area on the ground floor is bright and spacious with plenty of different seating and tables and some very comfortable sofas near the windows to watch the world go by. The spacious (not cavernous… just right) restaurant is downstairs with seating for around 35 at well-spaced tables – great for those conducting business lunches and who do not wish to be overheard by neighbouring diners.
Both the old and new restaurants are now owned and run by Michel and Pat’s son, Christophe whose objective is to combine the best traditions of classic French cooking with an individual approach to service and hospitality. Being typically French though there is little on the menu for vegetarians, but the fairly small menu really appeals. One hopes the reality lives up to the promise.
Unknown is whether Christophe will continue with the fun tradition of chopping off diners’ ties on your birthday or if you misbehave! The current Le Paris Grill at Tower Hill is densely decorated with the spoils from decades of willingly molested donors. Perhaps one should be advised to go tieless, or at least not wear one’s favourite tie if dining at Le Paris Grill.
Le Paris Grill Tower Hill has a good menu with daily specials. It has a reputation for serving the best steak in the city and a renowned steak sandwich at the bar downstairs. The new chef at St Paul’s has a challenge to meet these excellent standards, but if the canapés at the launch party are anything to go by, his mandate won’t be a problem to reach.
Le Paris Grill St Paul’s also has a second bar venue downstairs for parties (approx. 40-50 standing); be quick if you still need a place for the office Christmas party! Conveniently the venue can open up into the restaurant if your function includes a sit-down meal. The Christmas menu has a wealth of choice with 3 courses at £35.
Le Paris Grill St Paul’s
Bar Menu available mid-day to 3pm Monday to Friday
Restaurant open mid-day to 3pm Monday to Friday and 6pm to 9pm Tuesday to Friday
Great prices and bar snacks at Happy Hour ‘CINQ À SEPT’