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Always a good bet for discreet business lunches and quietly romantic evenings, Sauterelle's combination of hush and plush has been heightened of late with thick carpets, comfortable chairs and a colour palette that contribute to the calm ambience. The views into the Royal Exchange's central court are spectacular, while the cooking has a strong Mediterranean slant. Truffled arancini is paired with kumquat sauce and grated raw butternut squash to sharp effect, expertly timed Old Spot pork fillet is wrapped in pancetta and served with subtle espelette pepper, and it's hard to imagine anything more citrusy than the Amalfi lemon granita with limoncello, yuzu and basil shortbread. Though the bold strokes have been toned down, the food is still prettily plated. Wines include Bordeaux and Burgundies at less than bonus-busting prices, as well as some quirkier options, while "beautifully trained" staff add to the civilised mood.
When my friend asked me to meet her at Bank for dinner, I wasn’t sure where we’d end up eating. Whenever I think of the City, food isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. Apart from the usual lunchtime chains, I wasn’t sure what it had to offer. It turns out it wasn’t ask bleak as I thought it’d be when we walked into the Royal Exchange and up the stairs to Sauterelle, a French fine dining restaurant which matched the grandeur of the building it was in. We had the 3 course menu and to begin we both had the seared mackerel with pickles and coriander yoghurt, followed by the seared hake for me and the chicken breast...
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Once the trading floor of the London Sock Exchange, Sauterelle offers fine-dining at its best. Located on the mezzanine level, this restaurant overlooks the caf& below and its surrounding shops, which is excellent for people watching. Although technically located with an arcade, the quality of shops here is very high-end. Whilst there, we decided we simply must experience the six-course tasting menu with wine pairing, but first, we began with an aperitif - a glass of Moet & Chandon.
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