We don’t manage to go out on dates as often as we’d like too. Partly because we don’t like to ask too often due to Archie’s additional needs and sleep problems, and partly because we’re just so knackered from life in general!
But we did get the lovely In-Laws to watch the boys for the evening whilst we headed out to review Bistrot Pierre in Altrincham as it was the weekend after our wedding anniversary, so perfect timing.
We got a great first impression just walking up to the restaurant, the exterior definitely makes an impact. Then the interior is stunning. With low lighting, wood & iron fixtures, it had a really cosy, intimate feel.
I love the whole feel of the place, it definitely brings a touch of Paris to Altrincham. It really did remind me of so many of the restaurants and buildings over there. Before we’d even been to shown to our table, I couldn’t wait to try the food and the wine.
I decided to go for calamari and the hubby the mussels, it was soo good. Seafood can be awful if not cooked properly, but my squid was so crisp, tender and light, not at all rubbery and the roasted garlic mayo dip was gorgeous. I didn’t taste the hubby’s mussels as well, they are mussels (yuk), but he loved them. The Normandy cider sauce was light & creamy, he was definitely impressed.
The portions were a good size for a starter, they are definitely not shy with the servings but as the food was so well cooked and light it wasn’t too filling. Plus the staff gave you plenty of time between courses, it was such a relaxed atmosphere with no rushing you through your meal. We were able to chat and enjoy some wine before the main course arrived, it felt so good to have such relaxed meal.
The main courses sounded delicious, it took us some time to choose but I went for the lamb & the hubby chose steak.
My main had the biggest portion of lamb and it was cooked to perfection. It just fell apart as I was eating it, so tender and beautifully cooked, and not an ounce of fat which was impressive for lamb.
The red wine jus and vegetables were amazing too, the flavours were so intense yet worked so well together. It’s probably one of the best lamb dishes I’ve had.
The hubby went for the rib eye steak and he was impressed. Not only was it so well cooked but it had hardly any fat running through it which meant it was so tender. The peppercorn and brandy sauce he chose was so fresh and tasty, not thick & stodgy like it can be in some restaurants.
After two courses we really weren’t sure if we could manage dessert but the menu was just so tempting. There plenty of french classics to choose from, along with a selection of coffees and dessert wines. It really didn’t take much persuading for us to chose something from the menu!
The hubby is not really a sweet person so was very happy with the French cheese selection with biscuits from the menu, and seeing as though I couldn’t make a decision on one dessert I decided to go for the Cafe Gourmand, which was a selection of mini desserts.
We really did love the restaurant, the food & the atmosphere. So much that we decided to stay a little longer and have a coffee (for me) & a beer (for him) in the bar after our meal. The small bar area had the same relaxed feeling but was a little more secluded which would make it perfect for intimate drinks if you didn’t fancy food.
We will definitely be coming back again, maybe next time we’ll try one of the other menus. The Pre Theatre menu looks great at only £14.95 for two courses, or maybe even the bar menu for something a little lighter. Either way I know we won’t be disappointed.
Have you eaten at Bistrot Pierre before, or is it somewhere you’d like to try?