The week after we moved house Dr W and I had booked off to spend some time with each other. It’s quite a novelty really because we’re so busy most of the time. So we headed to Bistrot Pierre in Birmingham to catch up over dinner.
We arrived on a warm Wednesday evening to be seated in the canal side of the restaurant. Bistrot Pierre overlooks the canal, in the Gas Street canal area of Birmingham. I must admit I enjoyed watching the geese shuffle their new goslings about and we even saw some ducklings whilst eating our dinner. I do enjoy dining with a view. Also the kind of lighting I wish every restaurant review had! Now back to dinner…
I’ve been (believe it or not) trying to cut down my alcohol intake. So we opted to share a karafe of House White between us and got a jug of water for the table too. We’d still had quite a busy day, and hadn’t had much for lunch, so we were chuffed to be given some bread to nibble on whilst we worked out what we wanted from the Spring Al a Carte menu.
To start I went with the Fritôt de Brie with Pear Chutney. Naughty, deep fried chunks of Brie to be dunked in sweet chutney. It worked, the chutney cut through the saltiness of the Brie. Dr W went with a dish from the specials (they have a weekly specials menu), the Carpaccio of Beef. Which, is not really a dish he would normally order, but he was impressed. Slices of manchego cheese with tender carpaccio. I was offered a tiny amount to try and can confirm it’s delicious-ness.
Next up were our mains, I hadn’t had steak in a while so decided on the Pavé de Steak with Frites and Peppercorn Sauce. I asked for this rare, which it was when I cut into it. I really enjoyed the rare, buttery steak. The peppercorn sauce was perfect for chip dunking. Dr W is the biggest duck fiend known to man – Chinese food, French food or any duck involving food, that will be his choice. So guess what readers, of course he opted for the Confit de Canard with Roast Vegetables. Dr W said the duck was tender and the accompanying sauce was tasty. The meals must’ve been very tasty because we demolished them!
We were pretty full but we still opted for dessert, because we couldn’t resist. Mainly because I saw the magical words Frangipane on the menu – my absolute favourite! This was a warm baked pear and raspberry frangipane with vanilla crème fraîche and toasted pistachios. It was delicious and completely hit the spot, the perfect end to a wonderful meal.
Dr W went with something different, the Café Gourmand. This was a delicate tasting plate of desserts – a berry macaroon, chocolate brownie, caramel profiterole and vanilla ice cream on an almond crumble. Dr W chose to have this with a shot of espresso to pick him up. The stand out was definitely the chocolate brownie, I got a smidgen and the pistachios were perfect with the rich chocolate. Both of us had a glass of the Moëlleux Château Laulerie dessert wine to wash dessert down with. Neither of us usually like dessert wine, because it’s often too sweet for us. But this was light and delicately balanced with wonderful honey notes.
Overall the meal was fantastic. We were seriously impressed with the dishes in every course. The service was also attentive, filling our water jug when it ran out without question and helping us with menu recommendations when we couldn’t choose! A few of my friends had been already, whereas this was our first outing, and they had raved about it and they were right too. My friend Laura raves about the pre-theatre fixed price menu, so I think that’s what we’ll be trying out next.
Have you been to Bistrot Pierre before? Would you pay a visit? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. I was invited to Bistrot Pierre for the purpose of honest review. All words, photos and opinions are my own.
P.P.S. Bistrot Pierre is located atWaterside House, 46 Gas St, Birmingham B1 2JT. Find your nearest here.