Food profile - Brasserie Blanc, Knutsford
PUBLISHED: 00:00 07 November 2017
Gallic flair in Knutsford
Brasserie Blanc in Knutsford won the Cheshire Life Food & Drink Awards 2017 Restaurant of the Year award this summer, and I was curious to find out why, so booked myself in for a midweek evening treat.
The first thing I must say is that the service was superb. From first greeting to information about the menu to suddenly appearing, as if by magic, the moment she was needed, our server, Georgia, was brilliant. A real star that every restaurant could learn from, I think.
The menu presented some decision stress, I admit, but we finally plumped for the Cheese Soufflé, from the les Classiques section, and Crispy Beef with Ginger and Soy - not the French-est of options, but flavoursome, light and delicious. My Soufflé was utterly fabulous – airy, soft and delicious all by itself, with an accompanying cheese sauce that really piled up the flavour points. It would be enough by itself for a light dinner or lunch and there was plenty to share.
The Les Classiques section of the menu, as you’d expect, offers traditional French brasserie dishes such as onion soup, steak frites and coq au vin (although this is a sexed up version using guinea fowl and must be ordered for two). I opted for Boeuf Bourguignon and was thoroughly delighted with the soft, falling-apart chunks of meat in a rich, dark gravy packed with bacon lardons, tiny onions and mushrooms. I would have liked just a hint more of a red wine flavour, but when mixed with the smooth, buttery (very buttery) mash it was utterly fabulous, so maybe I’m just being picky.
Mike’s choice of Slow-cooked Shoulder and Leg of Roast Suckling Pig was definitely the lighter option, with sweet prune stuffing acting as an elegant counterpoint to a deliciously sharp gooseberry compote and crispy crackling balancing the softness of the meat.
Georgia recommended the pistachio soufflé for pudding and being intelligent types, we accepted her advice. Oh lordy, that chef knows his soufflés! It was doing its very own puffy Leaning Tower as it tipped from the bowl, just begging you to slice it open with a spoon. A fresh green interior gave no suggestion of the utterly delicious, softly nutty taste sensation to come and both dishes were scraped absolutely clean. Nous l’avons aimé and will no doubt head back for more!
PS: you MUST try a glass of the BB Blanc de Blancs. Made bespoke in France for Brasserie Blanc, it’s their answer to the popular, but Italian, Prosecco and is simply fabulous.