Paternoster Chop House has been around since 2004 and is one of many restaurants from the D&D conglomerate. It’s located in Paternoster Square right by the stunning St Paul’s Cathedral and as the name suggests the speciality is chops be it lamb, pork along with steak – all on the bone and butchered in-house. Vegetarians do not belong here. Inside it’s sleek, full of tan wood furnishings, adorned with red leather banquettes, it has a modern looking bar and an open kitchen. Dare I say it, First Dates is also filmed here too.
Front of house wear aprons.
A group of 11 of us dined here for a boozy office lunch which meant the restaurant could only offer a set menu vs a la carte. Whisky and rye to kick off proceedings!
Pinot Noir £44 and a Malbec £59 were some of the bottles we consumed – both were great.
We were given separate menus which were prepared before we came.
Skate wing, burned butter and brown shrimps – since I couldn’t decide to go for either the steak or skate from the mains the restaurant allowed me to have both for a £10 supplement. Naturally I opt for fish for starters. Slithers of tender collagenous skate slid off the bone with a mere brush of the fork and combined with that nutter butter and sweet shrimps it wonderful work.
I wish they hadn’t brought out this bread as it was as hard as crackers.
Steak tartare and prawn cocktail eaten by my fellow diners.
My Aberdeen Angus 42 day aged ribeye. I always have my steak mid-rare – this however turned up almost well done. It was sacrilege to this piece of meat and if I wasn’t so full from the skate I would have returned it. I ended up leaving most of it on the plate.
In stark contrast my neighbouring diner was kind enough to pass me her ribeye cap as she was full which was cooked to a beautiful mid-rare as you can see. It was a brilliant piece of steak packed full of flavour and it was redeeming value.
The chips tasted triple cooked.
Condiments – peppercorn, red wine gravy, béarnaise, horseradish. In my humble opinion sauces are not needed if the steak is good enough.
Crème brûlée with biscotti. The crème brûlée was mediocre and the biscotti was so hard it took the amaretti.
Plum Bakewell tart, clotted cream. I’m not a fan of clotted cream so the kitchen staff were more than happy to replace it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The tart was too dense though and really lacked that oven freshness.
This was passed to me as a fellow diner dislikes mint-choc ice cream – it’s one of my favourite flavours and it really tasty. The mint flavour was bright and fresh as if it was freshly mixed in. The apple and raspberry sorbet were winners too – both exuded lots of fruit flavour.
Jaeger bomb £8.50 – don’t ask!
When did I go? Sept 2016
The damage: Expect to pay £60-£80 per head with drinks (many in our case).
The good: I can see the appeal of having a boozy office lunch here as we did and the service was warm. My favourite bits of the meal was that marvellous skate, rib eye cap from my dining buddy and the ice cream/sorbet combo.
The bad: Overall the food was a tepid experience, especially the well-done rib eye and deserts. The bread is best suited for breadcrumbs too.
Would I go again? No
Address: Warwick Court, London, EC4M 7DX
Closest tube: St Pauls
Phone: 020 7029 9400