I have been to Bistro Noir on four separate occasions now, once for breakfast, once for lunch and twice for an evening meal. I have not been disappointed on any of these occasions. Surprisingly for such a small place, my favourite visits have been in the evening. The Bistro style of decor is what I like to describe as 'busy' with lots of pictures and bits and bobs such as fairy lights and vintage looking objects covering the walls... this is my kind of thing...something interesting to look at and it creates a very cosy, homely feeling.
I'd say there is something for everyone on the menu, which is culturally diverse - but not very french as the name would suggest. I would recommend the lamb tagine, sri lankan chicken curry and goat curry - all very yummy and authentic. The only niggle I have with these meals is the rice, it was very 'al dente' which for all I know could be how it should be served and is just not to my personal taste so I wouldn't even go as far to critise it. The meal portions are very generous so you don't really need rice anyway! The calamari starter is gorgeous, as are the garlic/chilli king prawns. One thing you HAVE to try is the desserts. They have homemade cakes and they are honestly just gorgeous! I had banoffee pie on my first evening visit and it was lovely, they have lots of choices but the only reason I didn't try something more adventurous is because I have a nut allergy and the waitress wasn't sure if there were nuts in the other options.
If you aren't drinking alcohol they have some fresh juices you might not find elsewhere, I had a mango juice but I noticed they also sell guava and pink lemonade, which I thought made a nice change to your generic cola and lemonade (they do sell those too).
Service-wise my experiences have been mostly positive. Only on one occasion did I find it difficult to get service and was left waiting spitting feathers wanting to order a drink and when I did get the attention of a waitress she was rather exasperated. This tells me that the Bistro may have been understaffed that night and this led to the waitresses frustration. Having worked in many restaurants myself I understand this as sometimes staff let their managers down last minute so I wouldn't hold this against the place. Every other occasion the service has been fantastic, the staff being extremely friendly and attentive. My favourite thing by far about this place is the lovely lady who wears a large gold chain with a cross (sorry I don't know her name)- she is a fantastic attribute to the Bistro and deserves commending for her unfaltering jolly nature, warm smiles and customer service skills. I always look forward to seeing her as she is just one of those people who emulates happiness.
If you are a fan of homely places and you like trying new home cooked foods, this is the place for you! Expect the speed of service you would get at your friend's dinner party but the quality of food of an authentic native chef for each dish.
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