Brasserie Blanc recently launched their new spring menu and we were lucky enough to be invited to their Threadneedle Street branch to sample it for ourselves. Created by the genius minds of Raymond Blanc and the Chef team led by Clive Fretwell, this menu marries French classics with Global dishes inspired by Monsieur Blanc’s travels. We packed our palettes and embarked on a culinary journey of discovery.
The handsome dining room at Brasserie Blanc has high ceilings and muted walls adorned with vintage baking ware. Vast windows bathe the space with natural light while displaying the busy streets of the square mile outside. The new menu provides a generous selection of dishes, giving us plenty to deliberate over. We decided on options which pair well with our Sauvignon Blanc, meaning we could share the one bottle, instead of ordering our usual two or seven.
We chose the seasonal English Asparagus special to start. Tall thick spears, served traditionally with a poached egg and Hollandaise sauce. To be honest, we’d prefer our Asparagus with a little more crunch but the sauce was rich and the egg done to runny perfection. We also tried the Mediterranean fish soup which was delicious. A hearty bowl of red seafood goodness, accompanied by crunchy croutons, grated gruyere cheese and a velvety saffron mayonnaise for added decadence. Magnifique!
We picked a pair of fish dishes as our main courses. The grilled cod with preserved lemon and squid ink risotto offered a citrus crusted fillet and grilled chilli squid for protein. The rice had a pleasing bite but the cod lacked the succulent fleshy flakes we craved. The Malabar fish curry with toasted coconut was a far cry from the kitchens of France but lovely nonetheless. This saucy dish had beautiful spiced aromas and the coconut added another layer of texture to an already tasty creation.
Desserts were a hit! We all love sticky toffee pudding and Brasserie Blanc delivered a delightful homage to this favourite. Rich caramel and vanilla ice cream honoured this slice of gooey sponge comfort. The Pistachio soufflé was a triumph. It rose like the Eiffel Tower and housed a glorious layered interior to rival the Louvre. Tasted pretty awesome too! We ended our meal on a sweet note and were pleased to have sampled the spring menu. There’s plenty on offer at Brasserie Blanc to bring us back but maybe next time, we’ll take the Steak Frites and Vin Rouge route instead. Tres bon!