*Sadly the Stockton Heath restaurant has now closed. Please see the website for your nearest Bistrot Pierre restaurant*
Last Sunday evening my husband and I had the opportunity to visit our local Bistrot Pierre restaurant in Stockton Heath. It was our first visit to the popular chain of French restaurant, and I was really looking forward to our evening as I had heard excellent things about the cuisine from a close friend.
There is a huge variety of eating places in Stockton Heath, and before our visit I must admit that French cuisine was never my top choice. But after dining at Bistrot Pierre my view has totally changed, and French cuisine now sits alongside my favourite, Italian dining.
I think what is testament to how popular this restaurant is, was the amount of dishes that they had sold out of during the day. However, it wasn’t a problem as not only does the A La Carte menu have plenty of dishes, there is also the Fin de Weekend menu. For £21.50 you can get 2 courses plus a carafe of wine, which is a great way to finish off the weekend.
To start with we were offered complimentary freshly baked French bread and butter, which went down rather well with a nice glass of chilled wine. Bistrot Pierre has a relaxed atmosphere, comfy seating and it was the perfect place to spend ‘date night’ with my husband.
For starters my husband went for the Champignon Farci, which was a grilled Portobello mushroom with goats cheese, wrapped in ham and served with a caper dressing and crouton. I went for the smoked salmon served with traditional mayonnaise which included eggs, capers, cornichons and herbs. We both agreed that our starters were delicious, and I loved the traditional mayonnaise which was a far cry from the mayo you get in bottles.
For mains I went for slow cooked pork medallions, with sausage, caramelised apples and a Dijon mustard sauce. All served with new potatoes (which were the nicest ones I have ever tasted) and seasonal vegetables. The different flavours worked really well, and I loved the contrast from the bitterness of the apples to the smokiness of the sausage. It was absolutely delicious, and just writing about it now is making my mouth water.
My husband went for the slow roasted half chicken in a garlic and parsley butter served with pommes frittes. He concluded that it was the nicest chicken he had ever tasted, and he even polished off the ‘green stuff’ from his plate.
Our server was attentive, friendly and informative, giving advice on the best wine to accompany our meal. And when I was told they had run out of horseradish sauce, the chef quickly whipped some up. Now THAT is good service.
Bistrot Pierre is somewhere that we will definitely return too, and instead of shying away from French cuisine I am going to embrace it. Particularly when they have Soiree Gastronomique evenings, a 6 course tasting menu for only £22.95 each.
We received a complimentary meal with wine for the purpose of this review. All words and opinions are my own