Looking for somewhere special to eat this weekend? Paramount might just you’re your fancy. Towering over Oxford Street, Richard Seifert’s Centrepoint tower is an impressive 60’s monument, allegedly built on the site of some former gallows. The top three floors are haloed in intriguing colourful lights, which lured me up to sample the delights of the newly opened Paramount restaurant.
The experience starts as soon as you enter the foyer, where a suited doorman calls your lift for you to zoom up 32 floors to the restaurant. There you emerge into the bar area to be awestruck by spectacular views over London; time it right and arrive in the early evening so you can watch the sun go down and the city lights come on.
There is something incredibly exciting about being so high up; I started to feel almost like a child going on an aeroplane for the first time. Coupled with the luxurious vintage chairs and appealing sounds of cocktails being mixed at the bar, and things could not be more ideal for the start of an evening!
My guest and I were shown through to a table by the window with an unparalleled view, where I could happily have spent hours spotting landmarks in the evening sun. The à la carte menu, though, deserves your concentration; head chef Colin Layfield has devised a selection of mouth-watering Modern European dishes that are cementing Paramount’s reputation as a top London eating venue.
I ordered the exquisite double-baked Roquefort soufflé with endive and pear salad followed by a man-sized sirloin of Scottish beef with goose fat chips and peppercorn sauce; if those names aren’t enticing you yet, they should!
Also recommended is the lamb carpaccio, an immaculately presented dish that looks (almost) too good to eat, and do not leave without trying the Valrhona chocolate puddings. The name doesn’t give much away but these are five sumptuous chocolate desserts on one long plate, including a chocolate samosa and chocolate soufflé. I’m tempted to go back and only order these; they were exquisite and inciting jealous looks from all around the dining room.
Paramount’s interior was created by British designer Tom Dixon who aimed to reflect Richard Seifert’s modernist building design. The striking bar boasts a grand, custom-made copper front offset by low mood lighting, and elegant high wooden barstools. The low-key effect is fabulously stylish and perfectly compliments the stunning panoramic backdrop of London spread out below.
After your meal, head to the bar for some of the renowned cocktails; I didn’t get a chance to try them but am tempted by the promise of ‘retro classics’ such as the 1930’s Delmonico cocktail, a Wet Martini dried with a splash of Cognac and a lemon twist.
And finally, don’t leave without visiting the viewing gallery on the 33rd floor to sample the new Oyster, Caviar and Champagne Bar, and collapse into a lounging chair with a drink in your hand and another extraordinary view…
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