John and I were lucky enough to be asked to come and do an honest review of the newly opened french eatery - Le Bistrot Pierre, in the Brewery Quarter in the centre of Cardiff. It's been a while since we have had authentic French Food and it's something I love, especially after having spent some time living in the South of France. We really didn't know what to expect and our initial impression was very good. On arrival we were promptly seen too and taken over to our table. The Restaurant was buzzing with people chatting and enjoying there meals over a glass of wine. The interior feel real and inspiring with beautiful lighting, lovely wooden tables, well designed menus - and I know this may sound random but amazing toilets which has an authentic vintage feel to them.
The menu really had something for everyone and I was spoilt for choice when it came to vegetarian options. We decided to try some nibbles and starters I went with the plump olives and some french bread and John went for the crispy squid, but were delicious and the perfect way to start the evening.
When it came to mains John opted for the special of the day which was Lapin (rabbit) stew after initially wanting to go with the Scottish Steak although to do the French justice went for a more traditional option. As with most French food it was rich and creamy but not too over the top and came with some lovely steamed vegetables, for someone who has never had Rabbit before he was very pleasantly surprised. I chose the Crepes filled with Quinoa and Asparagus which were simply beautiful and offered something a little different to the normal veggie options and I am presented with. It also came with a lovely side salad which had a light and sweet dressing which I could eat everyday of the week.
Our meal was complemented with the St Jean Vin Blanc a lovely light wine from Le Bistrots own Co-opperative in the South if France. To finish the night off we decided to share the Cafe Gourmand which was a plate of miniature desserts with espresso coffee and we both agreed we made the right choice as it was just the right amount of sweet without being overpowering and allowed us to try a few different things.
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Overall - we really enjoyed the evening and here is why - Great Atmosphere, knowledge and friendly staff, our food was served promptly and the menu felt authentic. With regards to the food there was real depth with both our mains and I really loved the subtle sweetness of salad dressing, also having a choice of mini desserts was a great option when you want a treat but nothing too heavy. It's a lovely place to go for special events such as Mothers Day, Graduation or simply a romantic date night or cosmopolitan lunch, as well as french patisserie inspired breakfast.
Good news is I am giving away a lunch for two people with a glass of St Jean wine each at the new Cardiff location, it's super easy to enter