Paramount, Centre Point – London highs
- Restaurant: Paramount
- Cuisine: European
- Location: Center Point, near Tottenham Court Road, London
- The bill: £28 + Service, 3 courses and glass of wine, toptable deal.
- Ambiance: “Special occasion”
- Jelly Good Food Rating: 9/10
Jelly went here with work friends, for an impromptu Friday lunch, inspired by a Toptable deal, which promised 3 courses and a glass of wine for £28.
Having never been before, I expected the place to be painfully pretentious, on the wrong side of trendy. I had visions of girls with hair extensions ordering Pinot Grigio as they lounged around on white leather couches.
In fact, Paramount turned out rather better – décor: trendy retro 60s/70s, statement pieces, a few nice prints even. Windows – the view will take your breath away. I got the feeling there was something magical here, in this room in the sky, so quiet and calm at the start of Friday’s lunch hour, city buzz so far below that everything seems just pretty and peaceful. In this writer’s humble opinion Paramount view is better than the one from the bar of the National Portrait Gallery, and even Galvin at Windows.
The other diners seemed to be mainly rich tourists and older English ladies on a day trip to London.
Did I mention the view? I imagine at night-time its incredible too but expect that the crowd must be quite different when it’s dark here, maybe that’s when the extended-haired girls appear…
In terms of food, considering it was a meal deal, Jelly was very happy with the culinary standards. I enjoyed both the fois gras and chicken liver parfait that came with a grape chutney as my starter and found the lamb that was my main rather deightfull – the accompaniments of the dish were well balanced. The dessert deserves a special mention – coconut crème brule with pistachio biscuits – truly delicious. Perhaps the best crème brule I have ever had even.
Jelly good food bottom line.
Memorable restaurant, especially good for impressing out of town visitors, or well just impressing anyone really.