When the sun is out one of my fave things to do is dine alfresco, well I always like to dine as you can see here! However, it’s definitely something that has those holiday feels to me and I can never understand why people eat inside on a hot day. Whenever we take a trip to France we often dine outside and it was great to get those vacay vibes last week whilst I was out sampling Bistrot Pierre’s Spring menu.
The restaurant itself was so much bigger than I had anticipated, with two floors and an outside – we were so very fortunate to eat outdoors! Exactly what I wanted to do in 26 degree heat – eat French food sipping on a carafe of crisp white wine! The tables were decorated with cute little pots of traditional lavender as were the giants troughs marking out the seating area! Inside gave me an air of nostalgia and reminded me of my papas place with old style French posters up on the wall. I loved the warm lighting with dark walls and the staircase filled with bottles of wine! ★★★★
There was such a delicious variety of choice on the menu that making my mind up was hard – I particularly had my eye on the Vietnamese duck salad but thought I should stick traditionally French and see what they had to offer. ★★★★★
Although this isn’t something I have seen on the menu in France – I was craving some deep-fried and naughty and it was safe to say this defo hit the spot. The coating was flavoured softly with the rosemary for a subtlety delicious flavoured crumb, however I must admit I was not the biggest fan of the curried chutney that went along – I felt it was slightly out-of-place!★★★★★
This was actually to die for – A lovely creamed spinach with fresh mussels that were well seasoned and a tasty. We loved the touch of the bacon, it gave texture and a smokey salty flavour. I was particularly impressed with the portion size it was big and could easily be shared. ★★★★
I always love to opt for a fish dish when dining out so went for the cod. Grenoble isn’t too far from where my family are based and this isn’t a dish I’ve ever tried before. It’s all in the sauce for the one, warm butter, lemon and capers! The skin was perfectly crispy and a soft puree – I am not a fan of capers but they are what make the dish and rightly so – delicious! Although I am not sure the croutons were necessary! ★★★★
I must admit the presentation of this one is something slightly to be desired, however the chicken was lovely and tender and soft and you could really taste the tarragon running through the cream sauce which was fresh and lifting. ★★★★★
This was just PERFECT – the texture was on point, a silky smooth vanilla flavour with a perfect crack on top! ★★★★
I mean cheese is cheese and it was lovely – up until this review I knew something wasn’t quiet right and one of the options was supposed to be a soft goats cheese, instead we were given a hard cheese – I’m not sure what it was but I didn’t really like it and that is saying something for a girl who could live off cheese! I am slightly disappointed we weren’t told about the cheese but we were quiet full anyways.★★★★★
The staff were very pleasant and smiley – they know their stuff and we chatted with the general manager for ages, she was really nice and all we did was laugh and discuss food. Our meal had a couple of mishaps which were sorted straight away in a professional manner so I appreciated that.
I would recommend this place for a small taste of France and think I’ll definitely be heading back! Bon appetite! Bistrot Pierre have also given us a free drinks code for you guys, which is LBPHJSZG, however please check the Ts&Cs here.