When I started my PhD my dad promised me a bottle of Dom Perignon if I finished, which I did! So on the eve of my graduation this promised bottle happened. Along with a wonderful dinner at Brasserie Blanc in Cheltenham.
With French wine of course you need French food, and Brasserie Blanc is of course the best place for this. Brasserie Blanc is Raymond Blanc’s restaurant chain, with 11 across the country. What I love about the idea behind Blanc’s restaurants is that they offer a place for family and food just like Maman Blanc would’ve offered. Not a typically ‘stuffy’ French restaurant, we were promised wonderful food in a relaxing environment.
Our meal started with our bubbles and some nibbles- the olives and Trempettes, whilst we worked out what we wanted for starters and mains. I can highly recommend the olive tapenade and saffron butter here, spread over fresh baguette, oh my, these were just delicious. Whilst I probably shouldn’t have loaded up on these nibbles ahead of dinner, I just couldn’t help myself…
To start we chose a right assortment of food here, as the menu was just so appealing. Mr W and Daddy Pond opted for the Potted Crab with Avocado, whilst I had the Moules Marinieres. Mummy Pond, not a fan of seafood, went with the Cheese Soufflé.
I was lucky and tried a bit of everything, the Potted Crab was melt in the mouth wonderful, but I’m glad I didn’t order it because more bread would mean less room for dessert! The Cheese Soufflé was light as a feather and the accompanying sauce, well let’s just say a jug would’ve been more appropriated that was AMAZING. But as I said already I went with the Moules, being a seafood fiend and after something tasty but lighter to start, this worked for me. The garlic sauce wasn’t over powering either.
For mains my mum and I went a for the Duck Leg, whilst my dad and Mr W went for the Chateaubriand sharing dish, with Frittes, Green Beans and Dauphinoise Potatoes. All I can say is wow. The portions were ample, I thought at first we didn’t have enough, but actually there was plenty to go round. The Duck Leg came with a piece of Duck Breast too, in a wonderful citrus sauce. We also got our own Dauphinoise Potatoes too, these were creamy and moreish. Cooked to perfection as well, no hard or under-cooked potato here!
Mr W fed me some of his steak, this absolutely melted in my mouth. The perfect side of rare, he was enjoying his Dauphinoise whilst my dad had some crunchy Frittes, which we got told off for nicking. By the end we were stuffed and the plates were empty, could I be tempted to dessert?? A little break was had to allow us to peruse the menu and enjoy some more of our wine and maybe we all could find room…
Let me start by saying I have no idea how we made dessert happen but we did! Mr W and Mummy Pond shared the fantastic Baked Alaska, which was set on fire in front of us and made everyone nearby go “ooooh!” I’m pretty sure these sell because everyone sees other people having them and they then want it. It’s also that perfect combination of meringue and cake, and just lovely.
Daddy Pond opted for the Chocolate Brownie, this came with a dollop of homemade vanilla ice cream, just wonderfully creamy and went very well with the warm brownie. I finished up with my favourite dessert, Tarte Aux Citron. Now I’m fussy with these, especially after many holidays to Paris. I know how I like them and this one did it for me. The pastry wasn’t rock hard and over worked like the shop bought affairs, and it had a more rustic feel about it and I liked that. Also the dollop of creme fraiche to go with, the perfect accompaniment.
Brasserie Blanc was the perfect mix of comforting tasty food, but also impeccable service. We weren’t rushed out of our seats, we weren’t over fussed either and the server was very helpful with our corked wine. No quibbling here, plus he understood wine and knows that it can happen. Our new bottle was brought over without fuss. Just perfect! I’d just like to say thank you to Daddy Pond for the wonderful pre graduation treat and Brasserie Blanc for being pretty much perfect. We will be back!
Have you eaten at Brasserie Blanc before? Would you pay them a visit? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. We paid for our meal in full, Brasserie Blanc didn’t know I would be reviewing. As ever all opinions, words and photos are my own.
P.P.S. Brasserie Blanc is located at Promenade, Cheltenham, GL50 1NN.