Saturday, 2 January 2016

Le Bistrot Pierre - Nottingham.

As the original restaurant in Le Bistrot Pierre's chain, I always knew that if I was to visit one, it would be this one.
Having opened it's doors in 1994, the Nottingham restaurant has catered for an unimaginable number of customers in their city centre location within a former bank. This building has plenty of history which always adds that little extra to the dining experience. It felt very grand. 





We were in Nottingham for the pantomime at The Theatre Royal - Aladdin.
Le Bistrot Pierre offer a 'Pre-Theatre Menu' where you can have two courses for a set price of £14.95 before 6:45pm.
The pantomime started at 7:15pm, so we booked the earliest table at 5:30pm.
As we arrived, we were greeted by the waitress on the front desk, taken to our table and given these.



I was pleasantly surprised at the choice on the menu. When I have had a set course menu before, the choice has been terrible and you're always forced to have something you don't really want. That's not the case here though.

 We ordered our drinks, followed by our food choices.
I have to point out, Ashlea was struggling to chose a wine to go with his meal. Our waiter was super helpful and advised one that he might like, even letting him have a sample before committing which I thought was really knowledgeable. Just what you need really.

Whilst waiting for our food, we were given bread and butter baskets. I love it when places do this!

Only one of our party of 8 opted for a starter. That being the smoked haddock risotto.



It looked lovely and a great size for a starter, especially of risotto. You don't want to be full before getting to main course.

Mains came out shortly after starters were cleared. It didn't seem like a long time at all.

I chose to have a grilled halloumi salad with quinoa, lentils, pomegranate and a vinaigrette. I wasn't feeling overly hungry, so thought this was a good choice.



I must say, this is probably the best salad that I've ever had. I loved it. By the end, there was absolutely nothing left. The halloumi tasted great. Squeaky and lots of flavour. The pomegranate added sweetness and the lentils added a little bit of crunch. All of the flavours went together perfectly. I would definitely have this again and I'm even hoping to re-create it at home.

Here are some other main courses that were had within our party...

A 'posh' macaroni and cheese.
 7oz Rump Steak.

We had a slight issue with the rump steak as it was really tough. I know that rump isn't a fillet, but this was hard to even cut through. I could see Ashlea attempting it with his steak knife but it was just too hard to do.
It was sent back and a replacement was provided as soon as it was ready. This one was much better and he really enjoyed it. The waiter was apologetic and understood the issue. There were no hard feelings.

As we devoured out main courses, we couldn't help but worry about the time. It was 6:45pm and like I mentioned, the pantomime started at 7:15pm. We were running out of time and still had desserts to go.

We asked our waiter for menus again and ordered them as he cleared our plates.

I had vanilla icream with warm pouring chocolate. It was a lovely end to the meal as I didn't want anything too filling again.
A popular choice on the table was this pavlova/ Eton mess style creation.
& a classic creme brulee 

As soon as we had all finished, we rushed to leave, paying the bill as fast a possible.
It was now 7:10pm. We had 5 minutes to walk up to the theatre & I hate being late!
I'd have thought that knowing you were a 'pre-theatre' diner, there would be more of a pace to the service.

Overall, I think that this is a great deal for a pre theatre menu. It's just down the road from the theatre and the food is good for the price you pay.
I think if I was to visit again, I would have the a la carte menu and make sure I have nothing to go to afterwards.
The staff were all attentive and happy to help.

Oh and incase you were wondering, we made the start of the show. The lights went down literally as we found our seats! Close one eh?

Take a look at their website: www.lebistrotpierre.co.uk

Thanks for reading,

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