I almost always order the same thing here: the grilled sea bass (14.95). The fish is always cooked to perfection – flaky and very light, seasoned correctly. The pesto dressing is delicious and you get just enough of this to make the side of French beans, olives and cherry tomatoes sing. This is such a healthy lunch and if I weren’t spoilt for choice, I’d gladly eat this everyday. =)
If I have more time (not always) and belly space (always) to spare I’d also get my favourite side. PCB’s petit pois ala Francaise (£3.5) is possibly, and surprisingly, one of the yummiest sides I’ve had. This humble side of peas is not to be dismissed because it’s so hearty. The sweetness of the peas and sharpness of those baby onions marry well in that deliciously silky butter sauce. I’d gladly have a serving of this on its own on a Meatless Monday.
I sometimes get a hearty serving of seafood linguine (£14.95) when I need comfort food and can’t be bothered to walk all the way to Regent Street for ramen. The bowl is always generous with nicely cooked fruits de mer and the sauce is garlicky with the slightest hint of spice. I’ve had better versions of this in Italian restaurants, but I really can’t complain much about PCB’s as it’s decent enough and it’s close to work.
Sure, there are better French restaurants. Sure, there are cheaper restaurants. But this place is my reliable little spot of Paris in my little spot of Europe in town. It always reminds me why I love both cities – from the French cinema posters donning the walls to quality French bistro food that’s right on the money; from the polite and friendly British service to its stunning London location. I love Paris, I love London. They’re not home, home. But the warm fuzzy feeling I get here takes me close.
Definitely my favourite lunch spot. Definitely better than a desk sandwich lunch.
Palm Court Brasserie
39 King St, London WC2E 8JS | 020 7240 2939
Ave spend pp: £25