As I walked in, for dinner, I really felt like I was in Europe and loved the cosy and casual feel of the café with it warm lighting, elegant furnishings and relaxed vibes. It was a world away from the hustle and bustle on Regent Street and a lovely place to retreat from the crowds.
We kicked off our evening with a glass of Laurent Perrier, whilst we chose what to have from the menu. We grazed on some divine freshly baked bread served with some tasty dips. The bread was just sublime!
We opted to go for the ‘Menu Du Jour’ and for starters I chose a Jerusalem Artichoke Soup, which was so autumnal and warming. I loved how it was served, with the theatrical aspect being at the table, and it was perfect. I would definitely order this again.
Aftab chose a pretty Goat’s cheese salad with orange puree, chicory and walnuts.
It was beautifully plated and vibrant, and he thoroughly enjoyed it, as a light starter and with ingredients that complimented each other so well.
The Menu Du Jour is actually really good value with 2 courses for £20, 3 courses for £25 and 3 courses with a glass of Lauren-Perrier N.V. for £32 per person. The dishes change daily on the menu and are chosen by Executive Chef Jeremy Brown.
For mains, I had to have the Wild Mushroom Risotto as I absolutely love risotto. It is a comfort dish and just makes me happy, and this dish was so delicious. Sometimes simplicity rules.
Aftab’s mains choice was the Corn fed chicken served with roast butternut squash puree and black cabbage.
It was cooked perfectly and the chicken had a lovely crispy skin. The presentation was fantastic and he devoured it quickly.
Now for the best part of the meal – dessert. I had heard so much about Sarah Barber’s pastries and desserts and was so excited to finally try them. Aftab and I chose the same dessert off the menu – The Yoghurt & Lemon thyme mousse served with passion fruit marshmallow and mandarin ice cream.
We were both literally in dessert heaven and it was a real treat to the senses. It had lovely citrusy notes, fresh flavours, was zesty and light and just ridiculously good.
At this point I knew I would find myself at Papillon again in the near future during the day with my laptop, just as an excuse to have a dessert again! The breakfast menu also looks amazing so I will be sure to try that out soon as well.
We really enjoyed our meal and the service was fantastic. It is a fabulous venue for all day dining and really is a lovely welcome escape from the crazy crowds on the streets nearby, and you almost forget you are in London and are instead transported to Europe.
For more information about Papillon and menus you can visit their website here.
Our meal was complimentary but all views and photos are my own.