Coming to Brasserie Blanc on the eve of the European election was like a taste of what was to come, or perhaps go – as things turned out. Describing itself as simply ‘a French Restaurant in Charlotte Street’ on their website, this particular outpost felt so much more thought through than that suggested.
Charlotte Street is full of creative vibe and character and the brasserie fits right in. Newly refurbished it offers an authentically French space. Soak up the rays on the terrace and watch the street go by with morning coffee. Enjoy a pastry over your newspaper, pop in for a working lunch or a leisurely dinner. There is a distinctly French feel about this restaurant, an European sense of dining with friends, enjoying some fine wines.
We began our meal with a Kir Royal and then moved on to some delicious starters – mixed olives (£2), and Trempettes (£3.60) which paired sliced baguette with dipping sides of olive tapenade, saffron garlic mayonnaise and virgin olive oil with balsamic vinegar.
Starters rotate seasonally, and visiting when we opted for one of the specials of the day, which were crisp-tender asparagus drizzled with a delicious egg yolk, lemon and butter sauce, served with a poached egg on top. The sauce was just magical, and after devouring the asparagus stems, used all of the left over baguette so none went to waste.
Also for starters was Chilli & Ginger Squid (£7.60) which features a deliciously seasoned squid on a bed of coriander, roquette, curly endive, grilled courgette, aubergine, smoked paprika & red pepper dressing.
Mains were Moules Frites (£14.90) which features Shetland Isles mussels with either marinières or saffron mouclade sauce, served with frites.
We also had a 8oz Onglet Steak(£14.50) which was served with ‘Café de Paris’ herb & mustard butter on top. We accompanied it with Dauphinoise Potato (£3.90)
Desert was a seasonal rhubarb Crème brûlée.
There are also two great new spaces: THE CLUBHOUSE is a beautiful 1st floor chill-out space with a mix of soft seating and dining, coffee tables and a bar – open from breakfast to late night. They have also spruced up the private dining room THE HIDEOUT – available for hire for meetings, lunches or special events with great views out over Charlotte Street.