*A collaborative review
Having recently returned from France, we were delighted when we were invited to our local Bistrot Pierre for a family meal. Our local restaurant is canalside in Birmingham, situated in a beautiful Grade II listed building with views out over the water and the city centre.
Not only were we invited to review the food but Bistrot Pierre have recently launched their new children’s menu, Menu Enfant and an accompanying 14-page children’s activity booklet which is given to all young diners. Olly was really looking forward to seeing the activity booklet and of course, eating the bread. He loves French bread!
On arrival at the restaurant, we were seated in a bright and airy corner of the restaurant with views out over the canal. The restaurant was beginning to get busy and there was a lovely vibrant atmosphere.
The new activity booklet is a fantastic treat for children
Our waiter Michael, offered us a choice of menus and Olly was given a small gift bag which included the children’s menu and activity booklet along with a small packet of pencils. We were all instantly impressed, with 14 pages of colouring, doodling, word searches and other child friendly activities, the booklet was a brilliant hit!
The new activity pack was designed by mum of two, Julia Whitehead. Julia knows all too well how difficult it can be to entertain children whilst you’re dining out so working in partnership with Bistrot Pierre set about creating a fun filled activity pack to give to younger diners when they’re eating out with their families.
The activity pack features 14 pages full of child-friendly activities including Bistrot Pierre’s very own version of ‘Where’s Wally?’, ‘Ou est Pierre’. The hand drawn centre piece is a wonder to look at and kept Olly busy for a good ten minutes as he looked for all the items on the colourful two-page spread. We love a good activity pack and to be honest, this is one of the best we have seen. There was plenty for Olly to look at, lots of fun activities for him to do, French phrases for him to learn as well as games that he roped his Daddy into too!
The new activity pack and menu was recently tested out by local school children in Mere Green and it was a hit with them too! You can see more of their comments and reaction here.
The children’s menu, Menu Enfant is good value for money with children being able to order a main course, dessert and a drink for just £6.50. Olly ordered the chicken breast which came with fries, vegetables sticks and some yummy bread and butter. For dessert, he had ice cream with a wafer straw. He ate pretty much all of the meal which is a pretty good indicator of how he found it. For the price, it’s a brilliant sized meal with just enough of everything for hungry children.
The most beautiful food at Bistrot Pierre
Although we were at the restaurant to review the offering for children, I have to mention the food that Shilts and I had. It was just incredible. We decided to order Appetisers instead of Starters and shared a couple of dishes together; we had ‘Gousse d’ail rôtie’ (roasted garlic bulb with artisan bread, extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar) and ‘Olives marinées’ (mixed marinated Provençal olives) and they were really tasty and left us wanting more.
For our main courses, Shilts ordered ‘Confit de canard légume Provençal’ (duck leg confit with Provençal vegetables and red wine jus) and I ordered the ‘Bœuf bourguignon maison’ (braised beef with shallots, red wine, mushrooms and bacon) which is possibly one of my most favourite french dishes ever. Our meals came with a selection of vegetables and seasonable vegetables but on recommendations from our waiter, we also ordered the creamed spinach and roasted field mushrooms with garlic. Our food was beautifully presented, smelt wonderful and was just so, so good.
For dessert, Shilts ordered the ‘Délice au chocolat’, which was a considerable slab of chocolate torte with vanilla ice cream and I ordered the ‘Méli mélo de fraises et meringue’ which was a small bowl full of strawberry ice cream with fresh strawberries, crushed meringue, soft marshmallows, pistachios, strawberry coulis and crème chantilly.
Throughout our meal, the service we received from our waiter Michael was friendly and engaging. He didn’t know we were there to review the menu, (it’s always one of my bugbears when the staff know we are there to review but Michael was unaware of us doing so) so it was great to see him offering great customer service with a smile and genuine interest in how his diners were finding their food.
Overall we had a wonderful evening with Bistrot Pierre in Birmingham. All our food was delicious, the activity pack kept Olly busy throughout the meal (and beyond) and we all came away with full bellies and feeling rather content from such a lovely evening together as we watched the boats sailing past on the canal. We are already talking about going back to the restaurant to sample the rest of the menu next month for our anniversary meal. Thank you Bistrot Pierre for a wonderful evening, we’ll be back!
You can find out more about Bistrot Pierre and their Menu Enfant over on their website www.bistrotpierre.co.uk