As a family we love to eat out and try different cuisines as it’s a great way to introduce new flavours and tastes to the boys. Last week we were invited to Bistrot Pierre in Birmingham, to enjoy the delights of their summer menu. We have eaten here previously a couple of years ago and it was incredible so we had high hopes for our return visit.
On arrival, we were shown to our table inside the restaurant and the waiter got us a highchair for our 18 month old little boy. The waiter gave both our boys ‘Le Menu Enfants’ (the childrens menu) with a small packet of pencils and my husband and I were given the Early Evenings Prix Fixe menu (available before 6:30pm Monday to Saturday) where two courses cost £15.95. Le Menu Enfants offers two courses and a drink for £6.95 or three courses with a drink for £8.95.
After some minutes looking through the menu we decided on what food we’d like to order and the waitress brought over some bread. Both my boys love fresh crusty bread so the small basket of bread didn’t last long on our table. The waitress took our orders and we waited patiently for our meal. The drinks came out quickly much to my husband’s delight as he ordered one of the raspberry mocktails which he said was delicious and very refreshing.
As the children were hungry we ordered them three courses from Le Menu Enfants; Cheesy Garlic Bread for Olly and Houmous with carrot and cucumber sticks for Freddie. The starters were enjoyed by all, although Olly didn’t enjoy the cheesy garlic bread but Freddie loved it as did my husband and I.
As we ordered from the Early Evenings Prix Fixe menu, we couldn’t wait for our main courses. I ordered the Chicken Printanier dish and my husband ordered the Pork Medallions. Our meal arrived followed by a side of potatoes and freshly cooked vegetables and we waited patiently for the boys’ main meals to arrive.
Unfortunately after watching the waiting staff walk past us numerous times without any further food for our table, we asked them where the boys food was and a member of staff went off to the kitchen to find out. We were told it was being cooked fresh and wouldn’t be long. We started to eat our main course while it was still warm, whilst attempting to entertain a hungry 18 month old and it was a little stressful.
We were really disappointed that the children’s meals had been forgotten. I know mistakes happen but we didn’t think the restaurant was overly busy or that the children’s meal requests were out of the ordinary. We ordered them fish goujons and a beef burger served with pommes frites, carrots and peas. The children’s food came out ten minutes after our main courses so we didn’t get the chance to eat together although in hindsight it did make it a little easier to help the boys with their food.
Both the boys enjoyed their food. Olly has found a new love for a beef burger recently so enjoyed tucking into the burger whilst Freddie loved the fish goujons and the vegetables, particularly the peas. The children’s portion sizes are very generous and our youngest couldn’t manage all his food. Our six year old, had a really good go at his meal and ate most of his burger, pomme frites and carrots.
The promise of a pud
As we had promised the boys a pudding (and you can never go back on that promise when chocolate brownie is on the dessert menu) we ordered them both, plus my husband, a chocolate brownie each and I ordered a traditional French crêpe. Thankfully the desserts came out altogether and we were able to enjoy our delicious puddings. The boys brownies were served with vanilla ice cream and my husband had salted caramel ice cream on his.
Unfortunately, although the food was delicious and enjoyed by us all, sadly the service was disappointing and cast a shadow on our evening meal. However, we appreciate mistakes happen and I’m sure we’ll return to Bistrot Pierre to enjoy their delicious, good value for money, French cuisine in the future.
Disclosure: We were invited to Bistrot Pierre to review the menu. All words, thoughts and photography are my own.