Paramount, WC1

paramount Paramount, WC1Take a trip to the top of the rather naff looking Centre Point building and you will find Paramount – home to some of the most impressive views across London.  However, like so many of London’s most spectacular spaces, Paramount has been closed to the public since it first opened as a private members club and events space back in 2008.  Obviously realising the demand for such a venue, the owners of Paramount have opened its doors to the public with the launch of a new restaurant and bar

 

Paramount offers unparalleled 360-degree views across London and occupies the top three floors of the iconic remnant of avant-garde 1960’s architecture.  The site still features an events space on the 31st floor, whilst a restaurant, private dining room and bar now occupy the 32nd floor.  Best of all, though, is the champagne bar and viewing gallery on the top floor which is an absolute when you visit.

 

We visited just a few weeks after they launched and judging by the packed room, word had already spread of its public opening.  Key features of the restaurant and bar space include a grand copper bar situated in the middle of the room which welcomes guests upon arrival, vintage furniture pieces and low mood lighting to emphasis the breathtaking views. The food is also impressive.  Open for breakfast through to dinner, Head chef Colin Layfield serves a modern European menu of simply cooked, immaculately presented ingredients. 

 

Starters were particularly delicious, including a hearty dish of Confit Lamb Shoulder with chorizo, coddled hen’s egg & butternut squash purée and a wonderfully rich Foie Gras & Duck Terrine.  With plenty of seafood to pick from on the menu, we decided to go with an all fish main course of Wild sea bass with Potato Gnocchi & a rich samphire & caviar cream sauce; and an Orient-inspired Five-spice monkfish with saffron risotto & crab spring roll.  Both were well cooked and plenty delicious.  Highlight of the desserts was the decadent Valrhona Chocolate Puddings, featuring tasting portions of five different chocolate desserts, from a light raspberry & chocolate samosa to a rich fondant. 

 

Food: 3.5/5

Venue: 5/5

Value: 3/5

 

Cuisine type: Modern European

Dinner for two (excluding drinks): £85

Cocktails: £9

Wine: £7

 

Paramount Restaurant & Bar

Centre Point

101-103 New Oxford Street

London WC1A 1DD

Tel: 020 7420 2900

www.paramount.uk.net/#/restaurant