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Dinner, bubbles and cabaret…..at the Café de Paris
Café de Paris, London’s iconic club and cabaret venue has recently launched a new burlesque/cabaret show called “The Service” which we have been invited to review along with a three-course dinner and a bottle of Prosecco. For a proper old-school night out in the West End, it doesn’t get much better than that.
The Service reflects ‘the dark, sexy and alternative history of one of the world’s most renowned nightclubs. It takes guests on a journey from the beginnings of Café de Paris in the roaring ‘20s through to the ‘40s big bands; the debauchery of Princess Margaret’s 21st birthday in the ‘50s and the ‘90s secret A-list parties.’ As a regular Café de Paris club-goer in the 1980s, I’m really excited to learn more about the club’s history in show form.
I can’t think of anywhere that makes you feel more glamorous than walking into the Café de Paris and down the iconic staircase into the 1902’s ‘Titanic Ballroom’. We were shown to our table having booked in for a VIP dining package (£80) that includes a three-course dinner with half a bottle of prosecco per person. Other options include a two or three-course (£55/£60) meal to enjoy prior to the show. Or if you just want drinks there is a terrific view of the show from the mezzanine level which has waiter service and your own bar (£20).
We had ordered our food before the event so service was brisk and friendly. To start we had chilled spears of green asparagus which came with a delicious truffle vinaigrette and baby watercress.
And some thick-cut good quality smoked salmon with cucumber salsa and a mild piquant horseradish cream.
For mains, a summery Mediterranean influenced pan-fried seabass was accompanied by crushed new potatoes, kalamata olives, sun blushed tomatoes, and a piquant sauce vierge.
I loved my dish of tasty cornfed chicken breast potato puree with creamed wild mushrooms, green beans and a red wine sauce
But the best was saved until last! A decadent chocolate and orange tart with orange sorbet and a delicious classic crème brulêe with almond biscotti. The menu at Café de Paris is cleverly constructed and allows them to deliver high-quality food in a short time frame. I was impressed!
And then the show…
The Service tells the story of the ‘staff’ of Café de Paris. A flirtatious bellboy pours champagne suspended high above your head, acrobatic waiters seduce and strike a pose, and celebrity doppelgangers take you into a fantasy world where Princess Margaret and Marlene Dietrich are stripping off in the most seductive way. There are speciality acts that will amaze you with their juggling, hula-hoop and fire-eating skills; but the star of the show is your Maître d’ Reuben Kaye who hosts with enormous wit and charisma and a touch of old-fashioned filth, seamlessly blending extravagant storytelling with song, dominating the stage and bewitching the audience and making The Service an unforgettable experience.
Once the curtain comes down we went into the clandestine Red Bar to celebrate with the stars of the show; and then back to the dancefloor in the main room as the Café de Paris transformed into an epic club.
The Service is a perfectly pitched burlesque cabaret show with plenty of nostalgic music, skilled acrobatics and a good dose of titillation thrown in. All framed around the history of London’s Café de Paris… It’s a great way to spend a Friday night
Tickets for Café de Paris’ The Service can be purchased via Design My Night
Café de Paris
The Service: 18:00 – 22:15
Nightclub: 22:15 – 03:00
3 Coventry St,
London W1D 6B
0207 436 1111