Last month Joe and I took a day trip to London to see Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and stumbled across Brasserie Blanc on a very hungry Thursday evening. I had my camera with me and couldn’t resist snapping a few photos of our dinner at Raymond Blanc’s french eatery and after a lovely meal with even better wine I knew it had to be shared with you all. With a number of restaurants across the UK and six in London alone there should be a Brasserie Blanc near you that you must try!
We stumbled across the Covent Garden restaurant which unfortunately is no longer there due to a development of the centre – such a shame as the views were beautiful. It felt like a secret garden restaurant and I can imagine drinking wine out on the terrace in the summer would have been perfect! We ate early and were the only couple in the restaurant for a while but it soon filled up with other diners and by the time we left it was practically heaving. Looking through the menu we placed our order and took advantage of the discounted wine Wednesday offer lead by our waiter to pick the best bottle for our dishes!
Brasserie Blanc do a set menu for £17 for 3 courses before 6pm but we decided to choose from the A La Carte and splash out a little! Joe went for the Charcuterie £6.90 to start with cured hams, pickles and bread. A fan of tapas they couldn’t really go wrong with this one although it was pretty easily put together for the price. I went for a Goats Cheese £5.90 which was delicious with crispy pastry and tangy relish – just the right size to make sure there was lots of room for main!
With the wine offer we managed to bag this 2013 Chateauneuf-du-Pap for £33 and it was delicious. The waiters know their stuff and the wine menu is fabulous as expected from a french bistro. We sat sipping and chatting while waiting for our mains as the bar began to fill up with after work drinkers and couples began to filter into the restaurant around us making for a lovely relaxed atmosphere.
For main Joe chose Le Grand Steak Frites £19.50 and I went for the Award Winning Burger for £13.50. Joe’s steak was lovely – melt in the mouth and beautiful with butter dripping over the top. The fries were amazing but it did look a little bare on the plate with no other sides, perhaps a few seasonal veg would have gone down well. My Burger was beautiful, pink in the middle with sweet gherkins and a fiery garlic mayo which made me very very happy! Let down a little with a basic iceberg lettuce garnish but the brioche bun was fresh and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
We didn’t have room for dessert so we skipped the sweet course this time feeling very well fed and watered! It was a pretty pricey bill but one we were happy to pay as a little treat and the perfect end to a wonderful day in London. I’d 100% head back to a Brasserie Blanc and give some of their other dishes a go – it’s certainly worth checking out if you have one near you and that set menu before 6pm is a real winner!
Brasserie Blanc in Covent Garden is now closed due to a development but you can find them at Chancery Lane, Charlotte Street or Southbank!
Have you eaten at Brasserie Blanc before? What did you think?
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