As the heatwave knocks the North East on it’s arse (we really don’t know how to deal with it do we?), Bistrot Pierre Middlesbrough has freshened up their menu with a range of new dishes and summer flavours.
I was invited along to the French bistro-style spot to enjoy a complimentary meal if I could give them, and you, my feedback on their new menu.
I’d previously visited Bistrot Pierre Middlesbrough way back when it first opened and loved the vibe. Whilst it is heavily influenced by French cuisine, don’t mistake it for all escargot and frogs legs. It actually cleverly takes the concept of French cooking teams it with seasonal produce and creates a diverse range of dishes to suit nearly every palette.
The Bistrot Pierre Middlesbrough branch is also home to the exclusive ‘Le Parmo’. Yep, the much-loved classic Boro dish makes an appearance on the menu. Which, of course, had Dan sold as soon as he’d clapped eyes on it.
For the first course, you can choose from the set starter menu or you can choose a few small plates . It’s 3 for just £11 – perfect for sharing.
I’ll be entirely honest, this was my absolute favourite part of the meal. I love tapas-style casual eating like this and I’m also incredibly greedy and want to try everything. I could think of nothing better than sharing a bottle of wine and getting 5 or 6 of these dishes to nibble on throughout the night.
We went for the mini chorizo dish, because I remembered how awesome the honey roasted numbers were from my previous visit. We also chose two new additions to the menu, the Croque Monsieur Croquettes (ham and cheese croquettes with a dijon mayo) and the Spiced Chicken Beignets (spicy chicken filled dough balls served with a harissa yoghurt).
We couldn’t pick a favourite, they were all delicious. The Beignets, however, was Dan’s choice and they really surprised me.
I was also really tempted by other menu newbies; the arancini, tapenade and sourdough and the Fougasse garlic bread.
For the main event, Daniel obviously went for the Le Parmo with added chorizo. I opted for the Moroccan Lamb, another fresh addition for summer.
Bistrot Pierre’s new menu also included a Sea Bass dish served with courgette spaghetti, Salmon Nicoise and a Goats Cheese Risotto.
It was probably the poshest parmo either of us had ever seen, but it was really good. Thick, juicy chicken and lots of topping. It was served with French fries and salad.
My Moroccan Lamb was not what I was expecting to turn up. Despite the menu description I anticipate pulled lamb shoulder spiced with lots of harissa. Almost like a kebab or shwarma style meal.
Nope. This was a huge slow-cooked shoulder of lamb that was some of the most tender meat I’ve ever tasted. Sat on a bed of giant cous cous and swimming in what I can only describe as a very rich, slightly sweet thick gravy. It was topped with toasted pine nuts and a mint yogurt.
The lamb could absolutely not be faulted. The tender meat with the crunch of the nuts and the creamy yogurt was delicious. The gravy like addition was slightly too rich for me. A few mouthfuls were gorgeous but I quickly sickened. That didn’t stop me enjoying the rest though.
And if you enjoy French food, which is famously rich, then you’d love this.
To end the meal, we both opted for two very traditional French desserts… Sticky Toffee Pudding and Eton Mess.
The Sticky Toffee Pudding was made from scratch in the kitchen and Dan said it was up there with one of the best he’s ever had (he’s had a lot). Scoring it a solid 9.5 out of 10.
The Eton Mess is a new dessert dish for this season. Fresh strawberries, crunchy meringue, ice cream, pistachios and chantilly cream, it is the ultimate summer pudding. It was so light and refreshing after such a heavy meal.
Despite being the French food tag Bistrot Pierre Middlesbrough has, I’d really recommend checking out their menu to see for yourself just how much of a mixed bag it is.
Or, you could just go and try all of the small plates. I know that’s what I’m gonna do.
Lots of love, LB x