Bistrot Pierre* kindly invited me along to visit their new Middlesbrough branch to sample their delectable menu that brings a taste of France to the North East. Serving up beautiful home cooked food that is freshly prepared daily using carefully sourced ingredients from local producers and artisan French producers and suppliers, it’s difficult to tell it’s a chain restaurant when you step foot into the French bistrot.
To begin the evening we were served the Assiette Mediterraneenne sharing board. Along with warm French bread and butter, you are given a variety of dips and nibbles to accompany them included sunblushed tomatoes in olive oil, houmous and chicken liver parfait – the honey glazed chorizo was my favourite! This board is perfect for a casual catch up with friends over a glass of wine and chitter chatter.
The starters menu is most filled with seafood or mushroom dishes which I tend to steer away from but of course that’s all part of French cuisine. I decided to pick the soup of the day as soup is always a good option. When the kind waitress told me it was cauliflower soup I was worried as to whether I would like it or not as I don’t like cauliflower. The soup was in fact delicious, really creamy and full of taste, I would definitely order it again.
I really wanted to try something a little different to the usual dishes I normally pick and order something more unique. After actually preferring the vegetarian dishes at Turtle Bay a few months back, I decided to sample the Gratin Mediterraneen dish which consisted of ricotta and spinach veggie balls baked in a rich tomato and bechamel sauce. My word, it was amazing! The sauce that the veggie balls swam in was extremely hot and creamy, I couldn’t eat it quick enough without burning my mouth. This dish also came with new baby potatoes and vegetables which were served on the cutest serving board – the mini frying pan for the potatoes even had its own mini oven glove.
After the main I was feeling pretty full but dessert is my favourite course so of course I had to see if Bistrot Pierre’s desserts are as delicious as the rest of their a la carte menu. I chose the brownie and it was one of the most moist and indulgent brownies I’ve ever had, served with salted caramel ice cream I think I died and went to heaven. This definitely finished me off for the night and I was still full the following morning. Word on our table is that the creme brulee is amazing too!
Although our wait in between courses was a little long (I’m putting that down to there being around 20 of us in our group), the service was brilliant and our waitress couldn’t do enough for us. She even gave us her own recommendations on what her favourite dishes were which I thought was great.
A la carte food is usually accompanied by expensive prices however Bistrot Pierre have some fantastic deals to offer including a six course dinner for just £22.95! Available on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month. Along with the prix fixe lunch menu with up to three courses for £13.95 and student offers available too, there’s something for everybody. I’m excited to see they have an extensive breakfast menu which is something I feel like Middlesbrough is lacking. With a variety of omelettes, pancakes and other traditional French breakfast choices, I can’t wait to try it on my next visit.
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Bistrot Pierre | 93 – 101 Albert Road | Middlesbrough | TS1 2PA
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