Everytime I attend this restaurant it always busy and this visit was now exception. I think this is a testament to the service and the food.
We had a late reservation and only had to wait for a few minutes to be seated. After being seated we only had to wait a shirt break before we were approached for drinks orders and offered a complimentary bread basket. This was a nice touch, the bread is sliced on a display unit, just off to the side of the seating area.
Our group ordered a bottle of Sauvignon for the table and a round of starters and mains.
The manager came over to deliver the wine, we were asked whether we would like to try first, but we declined. He opened the bottle and poured us all a glass and left us with the bottle. The wine was lovely, but we had not been given a wine bucket or chiller to keep it cool. Looking around at other tables we noticed that neither had they. I can only deduce that due to being busy, they didn't have enough for everyone. After a while the wine lost its crisp freshness as it acclimatised to the restaurant temperature. Still drinkable, but not as great as the first glass.
I chose the 'Fritots de calamars' to start, this was divine! Beautifully presented and the portion is generous. This dish is served with a gorgeous garlic mayonnaise and a side salad, which compliments the dish as a whole. I could happily order the calamari again and again.
A great touch to the service, was that the servers remembered who ordered which dish. This meant that they could place the meals down without interrupting the flow of conversation between diners.
For the second course I chose another starter, only reason being that I wanted a smaller dish. I chose the 'Brioche et champignons' which is a slice of brioche bread served with a fricassee of mushrooms and optional bacon. All I can say for this dish, is heaven on a plate. The brioche has been toasted so added an extra crunch to the softness of the mushrooms. Beautiful!
There was a short wait to get the bill as the servers were attending other diners and cleaning vacated tables. But this was perfectly acceptable as we finished the last dregs of wine.
The bill came to £78, which is perfectly reasonable considering that includes - 1 bottle of wine, 4 starters and 2 main courses.
Le Bistrot Pierre also uses a stamp card system, so you can get a free meal on your tenth visit. They happily stamp your card for as many guests at the table, meaning it wouldn't take so long to fill the card.
I truly can't wait to go back, the food is great and the service is good. Highly recommend to anyone who wants to try something new.
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