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The Royal Exchange
Restaurant Sauterelle closed permanently
PERMANENTLY CLOSES AT THE END OF AUGUST 2018
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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The Royal Exchange
Bank Tube Station 88m
Fenchurch Street Station 94m
Bank of England Museum 74m
Mon-Fri 12N-2.15pm 6-9.30pm
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Food + drink: 5
Food was great - I had the chef special 'cacao e pepe' which was simple but absolutely delicious. Some of the wine is a little pricey (particularly if you buy by the glass) but we had a bottle of Gavi which was lovely. Very attentive service but food served almost too quickly, our main almost immediately after our starters and I would have preferred a bit of a gap, albeit appreciate many people eating here will be on an express lunch from work. Overall I would definitely recommend.
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
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.
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