I have frequented Paul Cafes in Europe, where they are amongst my favorite. The Paul Cafes in the nearby Emirate of Dubai are in every way as good as any in the world. However, while hoping for something close, but not expecting the same, I was still very disappointed with the Paul Jeddah.
I went with male colleagues and thus we were barred from the prime area of the restaurant (the 'Family' section). Non-family guests were advised to order 'take-out' at the counter and directed to a side room, which was littered with previous guest's left-overs. We had to clean our own table. No service staff appeared during our two hour stay there. This contrasts with typically good service at any other similar international chain in Jeddah, e.g. Chili's, where all areas of the restaurant are clean and serviced. An it contrasts in the extreme with Paul cafes in nearby Dubai, where food, ambiance, and service is on par with any Paul in the world.
The breads and pastries were good. I had a Tomato Mozzarella Pesto sandwich. The bread was great, but the mozzarella doesn't resemble mozzarella found outside of Saudi Arabia. Its is heavy, off-white, with a distinct strange taste. The sandwich was unexpectedly heated, with the thick cheese melted over the cooked tomatoes. I would suggest that this sandwich be sold as something other than Mozzarella so as not to dissappoint from expecting something similar to what is served in the rest of the world.
We left feeling very disappointed, with no intention of ever making the effort to travel to the heart of Jeddah city for a cafe resembling Paul in name only.