Restaurant Sauterelle 1

The Royal Exchange , London, EC3V 3LR

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SquareMeal Review of Restaurant Sauterelle

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.

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7.8

Food & Drink: 8.2

Service: 7.4

Atmosphere: 7.9

Value: 6.0

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 3.0

Belinda C. 22 January 2016

The location in this historic building, with views over the cemtral atrium, makes this a really special place to have dinner. The food is excellent - sophisticated combinations of texture and flavour. Service is faultless - friendly but attentive. It is expensive though - I paid £130 for 2 including service charge (which is added automatically to the bill, which I don't like). So unless money is no object, save for a special occasion.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Frank C. silver reviewer 24 February 2015

Sauterelle remains one of the most pleasant restaurants in the CIty. With a view of the Atrium of the Royal Exchange, a successful development of high-end shops with a very good brasserie/bar in the centre. This is the geographical core of the financial district in London and for its denizens, as well as visitors, there is no better place to feel the buzz but without the stress. The food is excellent, the staff beautifully trained with attentive but unobtrusive service. As befits its location and the excellence of the food, it is not inexpensive but makes for a subdued location for quiet conversations with established friends and colleagues or for meeting a new one. I have been going to Sauterelle frequently since the Royal Exchange was redeveloped and it first opened its doors. It has never, ever disappointed and continues to sooze, surprise, and delight, often all at once. Congratulations are due to this outstanding restaurant.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 1.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 2.0

Tim L. 25 January 2015

Our prompt 1.00pm lunchtime booking still had us waiting for our mains at after 2.00pm. A good half hour between finishing starters and mains arriving. No sense from the staff that this was unusual. Perhaps it could have been slicker if we had ordered the set menu - but if it was available, we were not offered it. Maybe the fact that we didn't order wine made us less a focus for service. When the food came, it was well presented and tasted pretty good - shame the front of house could not match the food product - and £100 for two courses each for two people (with tap water) was not good value. Needs a shake up.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Rita G. bronze reviewer 24 December 2014

Booked for a business lunch which worked quiet well will a table upstairs. Food was good but for the price expected a bit more. Would use again

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Grant H. 11 July 2014

The venue and ambience coupled with attentive but not intrusive staff made for an excellent dining experience. We chose the set menu which provided a nice choice of Starter, main and dessert and all of the dishes were of a high quality and presented nicely. The wine list provides a good selection but the starting price for a bottle of red at £29 is a little steep (Corbier “Alice”) but delicious. If you want to have a dining experience with a taste of yesteryear then I would recommend Restaurant Sauterlle

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 3.0

Frank C. silver reviewer 18 March 2014

I am tempted not to write this review for Sauterelle as I would not like it to become too popular. However, I feel compelled as it is only fair to reciprocate to a friend who has made me so consistently happy. Although this is a new review, I should mention that I have been coming to Sauterelle practically from the day it opened. Despite the fact that there are several restaurants around Bank Station, for me none have even come close as to the overall experience. I have enjoyed each and every one of my many visits to Sauterelle over the years. I can think of no other restaurant that I have visited as frequently and about which I can state the same. This is the place to which one should bring the visitor, the new City employee, a good friend from abroad or even someone with whom one is in love. The view of the atrium of the Royal Exchange, with its shops, cafe, and all its comings and goings gives the pleasure of the busyness of business but without its crush and its rush. If, like me, you have been in the City for over three decades it is also a good place from which to spot a passing friend. It's reassuring to be able to notice that so-and-so has aged without giving that so-and-so a similar opinion about yourself. At Sauterelle, you're in the hub. The food is very good indeed but the best thing about Sauterelle, apart from the fun of the view, is the service. It is friendly and attentive and the staff all appear to like their jobs and genuinely to like you. Everything is beautifully presented and delicious. The bread is truly outstanding. Sauterelle is a place where ingredients are of the highest quality and where the chef also uses imagination. Very, very well done. I wish this very pleasant restaurant continued success and, in equal measure, ensure it of my continued and very contented patronage. Bravo!!

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 3.0

Sarah G. gold reviewer 12 February 2014

Fantastic venue, fantastic food and fantasic service – a little pricey but worth it.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

Luncheon Vulture platinum reviewer 25 July 2012

Taking advantage of their current 3-courses and a glass of Prosecco for £25 offer, a girlfriend and I met up for one of our all too rare catch ups in the very elegant enclave of the Royal Exchange. Whilst I've spent many a time in the ground floor bar, this was my first “upstairs” experience and if last night was anything to go by, it certainly will not be my last. We were greeted warmly and politely and then shown to a perimeter table with a fab view of the aforementioned bar. The set menu for this offer provides three choices for each course and even that caused a decision-making challenge; eventually my friend went for the smoked mackerel, I opted for the ham hock and pea salad and we both chose the fillet of hake with mussels, creamed potato and spinach as main course. All dishes were beautifully presented, perfectly seasoned and resulted in very empty plates being returned by both of us. Dessert was another difficult choice and I will admit to a touch of plate envy at my friend's Madagascan chocolate and poached pear ensemble. Whilst my strawberries with cheesecake ice-cream rounded off my meal nicely, there was something very indulgent about her plate. She did suggest that I have a taste, but it disappeared at such a rate of knots, I didn't get a chance – ah well, maybe next time!

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 0.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 1.0

Anthony S. 10 November 2011

terrible service.. one waiter (head) who knew what was going on.. he was too streched to do his job.. the others were just clowns. Avoid.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

KK C. 27 March 2010

Not a typical place to entertain friends if you are not working in the city. I've bought numerous overseas visitors to the restaurant. I haven't heard any bad things from them about the food, but dinning in a historical building of Royal Exchange in the Bank area was one of their “off the beaten track” tourist experiences. I was backed to Sauterelle last night but this time with local friends. It was not too busy for a friday evening. Service was friendly as usual. We have the a la carte menu rather than the set. I wasn't particularly hungry so I skipped the starter. I chose a fish course for the main. The “melt in your mouth” fillet of halibut was very juicy. It was placed on top of a bed of earthy puy lentil complemented by the delicate razor clams and samphire. The whole plate was bordered by a black ink sauce, odd looking but quite tasty. The Rhubarb desert was refreshing though the rhubarb itself was slightly too tangy for my taste. I enjoyed the rhubarb sorbet with the thin short bread more. Overall another satisfied (but not spectacular) meal and what I would have expected from Sauterelle.

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