The new menus keep coming – as the sun gets higher (and warmer) in the sky, we can look forward to lighter, fresher flavours.
The latest to launch theirs is Pierre Bistrot – a favourite of mine and Mr GFBs ever since we visited one of their number in Stockton Heath. The food is good, the wine is great, and trying out their wine pairing evenings, are a must (though as ever, Mr GFB and I read when they are, and what’s on offer, insist we should go, and then real life will get in the way and next time we head their for date night, we’ll do it all over again).
As there were so many tasty treats on the new menu – calamari, deep fried brie, fishcakes and stuffed peppers to name a few – we decided to only choose new dishes.
Beginning, of course, with the starters. I went for the Vietnamese crispy duck salad (Salade de canard). It’s also available as a main, which I may have to have last time, because this is really really good. Vegetable noodles, crispy duck, and a soy, chilli, ginger, coriander and sesame seed dressing made it very moreish, and the portion size was substantial even for a starter.
Believe me, the pictures, do not do this dish justice. Mr GFB opted for the Cassolette de moules – a ramekin filled with mussels, spinach, and smoky bacon with a garlic cream sauce, served with sourdough toast. Again, a really generous helping of seafood, making it a substantial starter, packed full of sweet shellfish, bacon, and a gently garlicky sauce.
Onto mains, and as the fishcakes were proving so popular they’d run out, even on a Monday evening, I went instead for the sea bass, or Loup de mer. Cooked simply with lemon, rosemary and garlic, it was just what I wanted, and came with a generous helping of seasonal veg and potatoes for us to share.
Mr GFB opted for the Poulet printanier – a pan-fried chicken breast served with asparagus, fricassée of wild mushrooms, peas,
truffle oil and tarragon. A much richer dish, the crisp asparagus, and the sweetness of the peas lifted it a little, stopping it from being too heavy.
Of course, two courses in, meant that though we fancied dessert, we didn’t fancy it enough to eat a dish each. So we went simple and classic, and shared. I mean it was date night after all.
I do love a good lemon tart, and this hit the spot. creamy, but tart, with the hit of sweetness from the bruleed top, and balanced with a soft raspberry sorbet.
Stick a fork in me, I’m done.
We expected Bistrot Pierre to be good, and given how busy it was on a Monday night, we weren’t the only ones. Good food, great service, and it’s a mere hop skip and jump from the tram. We’ll no doubt see you again soon, and maybe, just maybe, we’ll make it in for one of the gastronomique nights.