We visited on a Thursday evening at 18.30 (you can order the lunch-time fixed menu - two courses for £10.95, three for £13.50 - until 19.00). The table we were given suffered from a powerful breeze coming through the open door into the restaurant's garden. We moved to a calmer table on the far side of the restaurant. To accompany the first course, I ordered a basket of sliced stone-baked baguette (£1.50). This was grey-brown in colour, obviously freshly baked and quite delicious.
For my starter I ordered Gazpacho. This was absolutely fine and decorated with a peppery variety of celery. The recipe is given on the Brasserie Blanc website. My wife started with a slice of onion tart. To my eye, this looked thin and rather flat but she told me that the taste was excellent. For our main course we both chose the crayfish and mango salad with a potato salad tower in the middle (£2 supplement). This proved to be a great choice. The crayfish were marinated in mango juice and consequently very succulent. The Cole & Mason fresh pepper and salt grinders worked very well, as they always do.
If you dine from this menu, you can order a 175ml glass of house white or red for only £2.50 (instead of the normal £4.20). I see that other reviewers were disappointed with the quality of the house wines, but you cannot quibble when you bear the price in mind. It was perfectly acceptable French plonk, with quite a strong taste; it enhanced our pleasure from the supper as a whole. (If you order from this menu after 19.00, the price rises to £14 for two courses.)
The service was fine. When I enquired if a service charge added to the debit card bill would be given to the waitress, I discovered that only 50% goes to the waitress. We were happy to tip in cash, after hearing this, and it was appreciated.
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