The eagerly awaited new Le Bistrot Pierre on Birmingham’s Gas Street opened its doors this spring. The brains behind this expanding chain are hoping it will be just as successful as the existing 16 venues; we headed along to check it out and see if it lives up to its own impressive reputation.
On a balmy evening we headed to Le Bistrot Pierre on Birmingham’s Gas Street. Known countrywide for their classic, accessible French cuisine, this restaurant is understandably popular – we couldn’t wait to tuck in. When we walked through the doors of this pristine Grade II listed canalside building, we discovered a wealth of gastronomy. The interior sees a mix of unique French-chic details and contemporary touches that create the perfect dining environment for any occasion.
The menus combine bistro classics with the brand’s own take on regional favourites. They really seem to embrace French culture and celebrate all that is great about the country’s cuisine. Our waiter recommended we begin with an appetiser of mini chorizo au miel. The saltiness of the Spanish sausage was expertly complemented by the delicious sweetness of the honey. Then, we moved on to starters of ravioli au crabe – a light crab ravioli parcel in delectable shellfish and white wine sauce accompanied by asparagus, petit pois and tarragon. Whilst overlooking the canal we proceeded to our main courses. We enjoyed a satisfyingly melt-in-the mouth entrecôte 9oz rib-eye steak with dressed leaves, pommes frites and red wine and shallot jus. The risotto végétarien was a summery dish featuring petit pois, courgette, wilted spinach, Provençal sauce and truffle oil. The quality of the food left us craving dessert, despite the generous portions – the array of tantalising desserts would tempt even the strongest. You’d be hard pressed to find a more sensationally zingy tarte au citron, accompanied by raspberry sorbet, and we also adored the subtly fragrant warm frangipane, paired with crème fraîche and toasted pistachios. Both were quickly devoured by my husband and I.
The team were polite and helpful yet unobtrusive, and nothing was too much trouble. Whether you’re dining alone or with your family, they really make you feel welcome. Being able to go to a restaurant with great food and sophisticated ambience, but also be provided with a children’s activity pack for my young daughter to help the evening along, is what makes Le Bistrot Pierre a dining destination for foodies and families in the know.
Le Bistrot Pierre has captured a great blend of fine French cuisine and laid-back Parisian ambience, all set against the backdrop of the canals. We’re confident that you’ll fall in l‘amour with Le Bistrot Pierre, just like we did.