I celebrated my birthday this year with a brunch at Paramount. Birthdays being a prime opportunity to fit several meals out into one day, or, even better, draw out the celebrations for as long as possible (I'm off to Marrakesh next weekend, 10 day birthday's are acceptable right?)
First thing's first, the view. Spectacular. On one of the finest days of the summer this was the backdrop to the meal. When entering the building Paramount diners must check in with reception then step into the lift to be swiftly transported to the formal dining area at the summit of Centre Point.
A recent revamp has signalled then opening of Paramount to the public, previously members only this breathtaking venue is now available for all and I can't wait to return for drinks and dinner.
I started with a bloody mary, vital brunch component, which was nicely presented and very spicy but a bit pricey at £11. There is a fairly hefty mark up but it's definitely worth the cost when you glance out of the panoramic windows, the views are mesmerising. After the meal our waiter suggested we might like to visit the viewing gallery on the next floor where there is a bar and intimate booth like seats overlooking the cityscape each direction.
The brunch menu is concise but quite varied, I figured it was a tad early (11:30) for a fish pie and opted for the plaice goujons with hand cut chips and tartar sauce. I thought the chips were a bit on the dry side, the tartar was good and the goujons were nicely crisp. It looked like a pretty measly portion but I was surprisingly full afterwards so it's actually just the right amount of food.
My Mum and the Kid both went for the full English which looked good and Noy had the open club sandwich with a side of chips. This was interestingly topped with an egg and drizzled with balsamic. Noy had a beer, other drinks were soft and with service the bill came to just over £20 each. It's not cheap, they're not offering anything unique food wise and the place was virtually deserted so it's not likely to win any awards for atmosphere but Paramount is all about the views and I shall definitely be back very soon.
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