As I live and work in central Manchester I don’t often that I find myself out of the inner hub of the city. This is not necessarily a bad thing as there is so much going on here. However, last week I visited Altrincham, an affluent and attractive town in Greater Manchester. Authentic French restaurant, Bistrot Pierre has opened a new branch here so I went along to check it out.
Altrincham’s town centre is currently undergoing a regeneration and the arrival of Bistrot Pierre is the perfect new addition. It boasts stylistic French, modern decor along with a very Parisian menu. This restaurant is cosy and inviting just like a French Bistrot. We visited on a Sunday evening and the place was buzzing. Bistrot Pierre looks right at home in Altrincham and has received a lot of initial interest from locals and visitors from further afield.
There are a couple of menus to choose between. The a-la-carte menu is filled with classically french dishes where there is a great range of appetisers, starters, mains, sides and desserts to choose from. Alternatively, on Sundays and Monday you can enjoy the Long Weekend Menu which offers two courses and a carafe of wine for £21.50 – a fantastic price! We dined from the a-la-carte menu, feasting on all four courses and experiencing a whole range of incredible food.
Choosing which dishes to go for was difficult and the menu choice took me right back to my summer in France. The variety of cheese, tapenade and bread dishes are just so French. In my opinion you can’t really get much better than cheese, bread and wine. For an appetizer, we shared a Traditionelle Tartes Flambees. This french style pizza was essentially a very thin pizza style dish but with a flaky pastry base. Imagine pizza and pastry combined and you’ve got the right idea. It was beautiful because the pastry was very delicate and thin meaning that this course wasn’t at all too filling.
For starters, Tom had Moules. An obvious choice and a very good one too. They came in a gorgeous little black mussel tin and tasted divine. I went for the St Marcellin. This is a mild, creamy and nutty flavoured cheese from Isère, in the Rhône-Alpes region. It is served with rosemary, a lightly spiced pear chutney and sourdough toast and oh wow. I could eat this over and over again. Think creamy, gooey, melted cheese heaven…
For main course, I chose the Filet de loup de mer which was Pan-fried fillet of sea bass with courgette “spaghetti”, French beans and a lemon and herb beurre blanc. The fish was delicious and very well cooked. The courgetti felt a little gimmicky though and wasn’t necessary. The french beans alone would have sufficed. None the less the dish was beautiful and went so so well with the Potato Dauphinois that we ordered on the side. Honestly, I think these may be one of the best potato dauphinois I have ever tasted.
Tom’s main course was the Médaillons de porc. This consists of slow-cooked marinated medallions of pork with a honey mustard glaze, Morteau sausage, caramelised apples and Dijon beurre blanc. This really was out of this world and was unlike any other main course I have eaten before. The meat was extremely tasty and the addition of the caramelised apples was pure genius; this dish was an absolute winner for me.
For dessert we had the Pain perdu brioché. This is a french-style bread and butter pudding with warm spiced blackberry compôte, served with vanilla ice cream. The thick, carby concoction of pudding was amazing. Drizzled in warm spiced blackberry compote it tasted very festive. We also shared the Gâteau au miel. I was really excited for this Warm Burgundian sticky honey cake with ginger ice cream but the cake was a little disappointing. The slice was just a bit dry. Had there been a bit more honey it would have been great. The ginger ice cream though was amazing. This is something that definitely needs to be used more often!
We left Bistrot Pierre with a warm fuzzy feeling. Satisfied from the delicious food, brilliant wine and cosy festive decor, I can see why this new restaurant has instantly become very popular. The staff were extremely friendly and attentive, meeting all our needs. As a result, I think this little french addition in Altrincham is sure to do well. With everyone’s favourite dishes and a lovely atmosphere it is the perfect place to enjoy a special meal out with friends and family.