A couple of months ago, we were invited to Bistrot Pierre in Kidderminster, Worcestershire for a family meal. I had heard of Bistrot Pierre and had wanted to go to their canal side restaurant in Birmingham for ages but not had the chance. Therefore, when they opened in Kidderminster, 20 minutes down the road from us, I knew that we had to go as soon as possible!
We arrived on a quiet Saturday lunchtime, in the first couple of weeks after they opened and were warmly greeted by the staff. We were seated promptly and given lots of time to peruse the menu while drinks and some bread were brought over to us. For nibbles to start, we shared Mini chorizos au miel (chorizo roasted in honey) and some Olives marinées (Mixed marinated Provençal olives) which were both delicious and got the appetite going. For our starters, my dad had Terrine rustique (Home-made rabbit, chicken and pork terrine with pistachios and tarragon, served with cornichons and sourdough toast) while I had Brioche et champignons (Toasted brioche with fricassée of mushrooms with Alsace bacon). Stuart had a starter off the special’s menu but unfortunately I cannot remember what it was and the picture came out blurry. He enjoyed it anyway. Thomas and Daniel did not have a starter but their main was brought out the same time as our starters. They both enjoying digging into the fresh French bread and butter too. We enjoyed our starters and hoped that we had not filled ourselves up to much for the main courses to come.
For our mains, my dad had Burger maison served with Le Saint Mont des Alpes cheese, gherkins,relish, plum tomatoes and gem lettuce while Stuart had Steak-Frites (7oz flattened pan-seared bavette steak -served pink) and I had beef which had been slow cooked in a peppercorn sauce. Thomas and Daniel both had Fish Goujons served with pommes frites, cucumber sticks and cherry tomatoes. To share with our main courses, we had an assortment of vegetables which included Dauphinoise potatoes, Roasted field mushrooms with garlic and a selection of their market vegetables of the day. I had never seen so much food. They were very generous with their portions and it all tasted great. My beef was tender and the sauce was rich with brandy. Stuart’s steak was perfectly cooked to rare and very moist. My dad’s burger which was not the prettiest dish to look at, was fresh and tasty too. Thomas and Daniel enjoyed their monster fish fingers with chips and lots of tomato ketchup.
Despite feeling very full, I knew that I had to try one of their classic French desserts which had to be Crème brûlée. It was one of the best of ever tasted. It was rich, creamy and the crack of the sugar on the top was perfect. I could eat Bistrot Pierre’s Creme brûlée about twenty times over as it was that good. It was the perfect end to a perfect meal. Stuart and my dad were too full for pudding but Thomas and Daniel joined me by having ice cream. Thomas had strawberry and vanilla ice cream while Daniel had chocolate ice cream.
Overall, we loved our meal at Bistrot Pierre and we cannot wait to go again soon. The service was slightly slow at times but the restaurant had recently opened when we visited and staff were being trained so it is understandable. The restaurant was relaxed and they really could do not do enough for us, especially where Thomas and Daniel were concerned. It felt like French fine dining but without all the fuss that goes with it. It was simply an enjoyable upmarket but accessible and affordable meal which I never thought would be possible having Thomas and Daniel with us. Thank you Bistrot Pierre and we hope to see you again soon!
Have you tried Bistrot Pierre? What did you think?
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We were invited to dine as guests of Bistrot Pierre. All opinions are our own. We were not required to give a positive review.