Today is the last day of the joint Evening Standard andD&D restaurants offer for having lunch or dinner in exclusive restaurants for 15£ to 30£ including 2 or 3 courses and either a glass of wine or bubbly.
Although all three restaurants (Skylon, Madison) were a great experience this one topped all of them for me. Sauterelle, as the French name suggests the meaning of a grasshopper…no, no you don’t have to eat grasshoppers, frogs or snails. Apparently the golden grashopper means wealth in many cultures; and since the building is based in the middle of the Bank area in London with an actual golden grasshopper on the top turret, this name was almost given without a choice for this restaurant.
Its exact location is in the Royal Exchange to be precise, which is a beautiful old building just off Bank station. A spacious inside enterior opens up as we walked through the gates where the Royal Grand Café (also included in the offer) sits in the middle. The Café is then surrounded by a number of shops for wealthy bankers, and finally our restaurant, Sauterelle was located just above these shops embodying prosperity.
So straight on to the facts! J We arrived and after finding our reservation, we were seated to one of the prime located tables. We had grand views over the Café and the inner enterior with many facades. Flowers everywhere, and a prettily laid table waited for us J in front of the big glass wall.
I went there with Dora (Nigella), because we have not met almost at all throughout the summer months and wanted to catch up before they went to their holiday. She also liked this place a lot and was up for visiting similar places in the future.
They only offer the two course option with wine and you guys know me, that I have a sweet tooth, so it was not a question that I wanted the main and dessert and in the end Dora also went for that option. But before we had the actual meal, the waiter offered some bread and butter, with which he came back many times in case we wanted more. Hmm yes even the bread was not just bread n a basket. Our lovely waiter served it from a bigger basket and offering the choice of like 5 different breads including brown bread, poppyseed bread, olive bread and rosemary bread.
The main course for Dora was grilled octopus salad, which was so tender and tasty and I went for the beef, specifically pave, which is one of the leanest part of the meat! It was served on an braised onion-paprika garnish with peashoots. I must say it was a proper big chunk of meat and not just a French-style small piece with the art of dressings. Big thumbs up!
|My tasty beef pave|
|Grilled octopus salad|
My dessert was the best! It was apple compote with Calvados, in simple English apple crumble and it was topped with a light purple coloured violet ice cream! I loved it! Hot and cold! Colours! Smooth and crumbles and a hint of alcohol, could not have been any better! Dora’s white chocolate mousse with mango coulis was tasty, however did not look as fabulous as mine.
|Apple compote with Calvados and violet ice cream|
We were really in good hands of the friendly waiter and could have an INTIMATE conversation as the place was not noisy, it just had a low background noise of the other people’s conversations, low light as it got darker outside. Very civilised, exactly what I would expect from this place. The setting of it also was something I have imagined seeing from movies. We really liked it. If rated I would definitely give a top one!
And you could also take a quick peek of my new glasses appearing on the table, but I will write about them soon in a separate post.
What: Sauterelle Restaurant and ES collaboration
Where: Royal Exchange, Bank
When: until 4th September 2016
When: until 4th September 2016
Sunglasses - Le Specs from Asos ~ £22.50 from
White shirt with gold buttons - FRAME London Los Angeles ~ £64.99 from
£265.00 on the Harrods Sale
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