Restaurant Review: Prix Fixe Lunch At Pierre Bistrot

Yesterday, before going to watch Barbican Theatre’s version of Romeo & Juliet, mum and I enjoyed a scrumptious lunch at Pierre Bistro, a gorgeous French style restaurant in Royal William Yard, Plymouth.

Situated in a prime location, overlooking the grass courtyard, Pierre is perfect for a spot of al fresco dining. At lunch time, they offer two courses for £10.95 which is excellent value, particularly considering the quality and presentation of the food.

We ordered the Cuvée 94 wine, which we sipped whilst studying the sophisticated and diverse menu. The white wine was fruity, crisp and refreshing; the 500ml carafe ideal for the two of us.

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Foregoing the desserts this time, although they looked very appealing, we both decided to order a starter and a main. I opted for the intriguing Canard hâché à la Provençale for my starter, whilst mum chose the Grilled filleted sardines with salsa verde.

Before our starters arrived, we were presented with a bread basket comprising three different types of freshly baked bread and some butter. I enjoyed some whilst we were waiting and also saved some to dip in my starter.

My duck meatballs, with a hint of chilli, were served on a bed of  smoked bacon, flageolet beans and plum tomatoes; an exquisite treat for the senses. This taste explosion was unlike anything I have ever tried, with so many flavours combining to create a dish of perfection.

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Mum was pleased with her sardines which were flavoured beautifully with the salsa and lemon, but she commented on the fact that the sourdough toast served with it was a little bit hard.

Next came the mains. I was tempted by the fishcakes, the French style pizzas and the risotto, but eventually decided on the Porc à l’ancienne, honey-glazed slow-cooked pork with braised puy lentils, Dijon mustard and crushed crackling.

I was not disappointed. The pork was tender and the sweet honey and savoury lentils were a heavenly combination. The crunchy crackling served as a pleasant contrast with the succulent meat. Mum ordered the Boeuf braisé which was served with a peppercorn and brandy sauce and described the beef as falling apart and melting in her mouth.

With our mains, we had the option of having fries or salad, but we both chose the potatoes and vegetables so we shared this between us when it arrived. The potatoes were seasoned well and were lying in a bed of olive oil, whilst the vegetable tray contained broccoli, carrots and red cabbage – all extremely soft and flavoursome.

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The presentation was spot on and we were given just the right amount to feel satisfied without feeling too full. I probably could have squeezed in a dessert if we weren’t heading to the theatre, but I’ve certainly got my eye on them for next time! I am thinking of going on a date there with my boyfriend and would love to sample the evening a la carte menu which features some of the dishes on the lunch menu as well as some different ones.

The waiting staff were friendly, helpful and professional; it was the perfect setting for a relaxed lunch. The menu left us spoilt for choice and everything was lovely, down to the finest detail. I even commented that the toilets were really nice; they were clean and spacious with luxurious looking soaps and hand creams. Although we sat outside this time, the inside looked spacious and welcoming.

Overall, a fantastic meal: mouth-watering food, unbeatable service and stunning presentation. I’m already looking forward to my next visit.

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