Brunching French Style at Bleu Blanc

Sorry I’ve been a bit quiet the past few weeks, life has been hectic! I guess I should get used to that with bubba on the way but I promise I’m back and have quite the backlog of blogs coming up for you. First things first…

A couple of weeks ago we were kindly invited to visit Bleu Blanc for their Friday brunch which I’ve been dying to try for yonks after visiting for dinner last year and ranking it one of my fave meals in a long while. You can read more about that here.

The venue is absolutely gorgeous. I adore the French-Farmhouse style, the open plan kitchen, huge grill at the heart of the restaurant and the cosy feeling as soon as you walk in through those blue doors. We began our afternoon at the bar where the rest of the group started on the two cocktails that were on offer, while the pregnant one (me, duh!) opted for a refreshing watermelon juice. We were treated to some canapés while we indulged in our drinks and caught up on the latest gossip before being seated and getting stuck into the food properly.

Once seated we began with the “Rise and Shine” portion of the menu, interestingly consisting of two egg on toast variations. The Avocado and Egg tartine would normally be my favourite however I was more of a fan of the oxtail version, which whilst a tad on the salty side, was very unique.

The starters consisted of salt baked beets, polenta croquettes, kale salad and the basil pesto ravioli which was the winner by far. Having been to Bleu Blanc for dinner I was a little disappointed not to see some of my favourite dishes included such as the beef tartare or the lobster rolls which I think would have added a bit more to the starters selection.

Onto the mains and the charred tiger prawns most definitely stole the show. They were so good we ordered 3 portions! The seabass was also really lovely, perfectly cooked and super fresh. The “Black Angus” dish which we were expecting to come out as a steak of some sort actually transpired to be a brisket which took us all by surprise. Whilst not what we were anticipating we all enjoyed it. When it came to the sides we loved the truffle mac and cheese (it really was sublime) but the sweet potato with salted plum crème fraiche and pickled chillies was much sweeter than expected. It was a similar story for the leeks which whilst cooked in red wine and brown butter were a tad too sweet for our palettes.

Last but by no means least we moved onto desserts, where the dark chocolate trifle with black cherries was lovely and rich, the vanilla pot de crème was simple yet delicious but the roasted pineapple really hit the mark for us all. Served at the table the sweet charred pineapple was plated up alongside savarin cake and vanilla whipped cream. It was the perfect combination of flavours and textures.

The restaurant definitely boasts a very relaxed vibe and the brunch doesn’t differ much from this. The music was low key with the crowd made up of couples and small groups, making it perfect for a casual, laid back afternoon; a far cry from the usual brunch crowd and carnage that we have all seen and been a party to I’m sure.

The staff were all wonderfully attentive, friendly and knowledgeable and it was a pleasure to see Chef Alex again. We were even lucky enough to dine the same time as David Myers, AKA The Gypsy Chef himself, was in town and got to have a great chat with him as he did the rounds greeting all the tables in the restaurant which was a lovely touch.

Thanks for having us!

Nicole x

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Bleu Blanc By David Myers - Renaissance Downtown Hotel Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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