Bistrot Pierre is somewehere we have been visiting for years and is somewhere I’ve been meaning to review for quite some time
Starting out as Pierre Victoire back in 1994 with two restaurants in Nottingham & Derby, the franchise was rebranded as Bistrot Pierre a few years later and has grown to include 22 restaurants throughout England & Wales. I don’t often review chain restaurants but as Bistrot Pierre is somewhere that started in Derby and we visit all the time, it’d be rude not to!
I visited with my Mum on Monday evening and as we went straight after work, we were able to take full advantage of their Pre-Theatre menu which is two courses for £14.95
We ordered some mini chorizo in honey whilst we looked at the menu (but in our excitement forgot to take a photo!) I can however vouch that they were plump and juicy with a sweet sticky honey glaze, and they went down a treat!
I had an offer for a free carafe of rosé on my Mon Pierre rewards app* so of course we took full advantage of that!
You always receive a complimentary basket of bread and French butter which is impossible to resist! My Mum is gluten intolerant so asked for some gluten free bread which she had to pay extra for, something that seems a little unfair as the rest of the bread is free. I do have to say however that there is a fantastic selection of gluten free dishes (or dishes that can be adapted to be gluten free) so Mum had pretty much the same choice of dishes as anyone else would – something that is still not all that common
Wanting something light to begin with (I mean AFTER the entire basket of bread of course), I chose asparagus for my starter. It came with sauce gribiche and optional shredded ham hock. Gribiche is a mayonnaise-style sauce with hard boiled eggs, capers, cornichons & herbs, and although it was quite thick, it was actually light and tangy. The ham hock added a nice meaty saltiness and the whole dish was really tasty
I decided on the guinea fowl main course from the specials board which carried a small suppliment (I think it was about £2.50) and I was extremely happy with my choice. Perfectly cooked moist guinea fowl with a crisp skin sat on top of a mound of spinach, and a sauce Provençal of chargrilled peppers, sundried tomatoes and olives. The dish was finished with a red wine jus, and the flavours were so rich, intense & hearty that all I could do was nod in appreciation! A perfect early autumn dish if ever I tasted one!
Our mains were accompanied by buttery golden roasted skin-on new potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower & roasted carrots (in winter they tend to serve dauphinoise potatoes and braised red cabbage which are always a winner with me!)
We only intended looking at the dessert menu (promise…) but when I saw the warm baked pear & raspberry frangipane with vanilla crème fraîche, toasted pistachios & almonds, I just couldn’t say no! I’ve had this before and I’d say that it was the nicest on this most recent visit – warm and gooey, and packed with plenty of fruit. The sourness of the crème fraîche cut through the sweetness of the sponge very well, with the toasted nuts added texture and crunch
Full & content, we headed home for a cuppa, very pleased with our choice of restaurant for the evening!
Bistrot Pierre is always a favourite for birthdays – you can never fault the price and the choice is pretty extensive meaning you can always please everyone in your group, however one of our guilty pleasures is heading there on a Sunday afternoon for a long lunch and a bottle of wine…
They also have Diner et Vin evenings on the first & third Wednesday of every month (two or three course dinner with matching wines for £22.95 or £27.95 respectively) and Soiree Gastronomique evenings on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month (six course set dinner for only £22.95) We’ve had both many a time and have never been disappointed – I’d highly recommend a visit for great value, tasty food
Oh and thanks Mum for treating me to dinner! 🙂
*Mon Pierre Rewards app is Bistro Pierre’s loyalty scheme – you used to collect stamps on a card each time you spent a certain amount but you can guarantee you’d never remember your previous card & you’d always end up with several half-full ones at home! They’ve now made it 1000 times easier by having an app that you can download that’s scanned each time you spend – something definitely worth doing as the treats are pretty good!