talk­ing tur­key Paul’s Xmas menu

The Wharf - - Canary Wharf -

Deck the malls, the Christ­mas sand­wich sea­son is here. That time where you sink your teeth into fowl sarnies to the back­ground strains of your col­leagues ar­gu­ing about which pub to have their an­nual depart­ment hol­i­day do at.

Paul gra­ciously sent us a se­lec­tion of its cur­rent fes­tive crop to try ahead of their No­vem­ber 6 launch date.

Its Dinde De Noel (£4.65) has, the press re­lease boasts, been voted “best Christ­mas sand­wich” by Time Out for two con­sec­u­tive years – so it’s noth­ing new, then.

The bread, as it’s Paul, is ex­cel­lent but the fill­ing tastes a lit­tle tired de­spite the hint of horse­rad­ish to pep things up.

Worse though was the Salade De Noel, a pun­ish­ing £5.60 on the wal­let and a drab col­lec­tion of in­gre­di­ents brought to­gether as the “best bits of a Christ­mas lunch”.

The meat of the bird it­self was dry and cu­ri­ously sparse in a tray dom­i­nated too much by grated car­rot, sweet po­tato and red cab­bage.

While there was some crunch and the odd burst of sour­ness from a dried cran­berry or two, this was an un­der­per­former for those crav­ing a tur­key hit.

Bet­ter, per­haps, to save the pen­nies and use them to fill the gap­ing hole be­neath that tree. Find Paul in Cabot Place

The Dinde De Noel

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