Dinner at Brasserie Blanc, Bath

Brasserie Blanc is celebrity chef Raymond Blanc's baby. Mostly based in London, there are a couple of different locations around the UK, including Bath! Set in a beautiful Georgian building, the restaurant has a range of French dishes available along with inspiration from some other cuisines. We decided to try out both some traditionally French and some more international dishes.

We started with the moules marinière 🐚 [£6.95]

Mussels cooked in a white wine, shallot and fresh cream sauce. The mussels themselves were good, however the sauce could have been a bit more flavourful. It was served with a sourdough baguette which we were excited about, but this was slightly too dense and chewy. 7/10.

Moroccan mezze platter (harissa aubergine, globe artichoke, falafel with coconut cashew cream, hummus selection, pomegranate seeds, tomato salad & flatbread) 🍆 [£7.95]

We really liked this starter! It was full of a range of different flavours and was a good portion size as well. The artichoke was well-cooked and seasoned and the hummus selection was delicious. There was also a black olive tapenade/paste type thing which wasn't on the menu but was good. We especially liked the sprinkle of pomegranate seeds on top, however there, unfortunately, wasn’t any falafel or cashew cream as stated on the menu. 8/10.

Grilled salmon fillet with tomato hollandaise 🐟 [£14.95] 

The salmon was nicely grilled and the tomato hollandaise sauce was very good. It normally comes with a side salad or fries but we asked to switch these to sweet potato which were nice and crispy. The presentation was a bit bare but the flavours were nice. 7.5/10.

Duck leg confit with blackberries, carrots, green beans, dauphinoise potato & a blackberry liqueur and red wine sauce 🍗 [£18.50]

The duck was succulent & pink, just like we like it. The blackberries worked really well with the meat and it was such a nice change to the usual orange sauce which can be a bit sickly. We loved all of the different sides that it came with - the veg was really well done and the sauce added lots of flavour. The portion size was great value. 8/10.

We also decided to order a couple of sides.

Dauphinoise potato 🥔  [£4.25] 

We hadn't realised that the duck also came with dauphinoise potato as it wasn't on the menu, so we decided to get it as a side. It's such a French dish (not to mention delicious), so we had to get it. 

Thin layers of soft potato baked in a creamy sauce. This was good. It could have been slightly creamier, but this is down to personal preference. It was seasoned very well. 8/10. 

Wilted spinach & kale with a cheddar sauce and almonds 🌿 [£4.25] 

This was okay but was a bit watery and could’ve been more flavourful. We liked the almonds on top but we probably wouldn't recommend this one. 5/10.

Pistachio soufflé with rich chocolate ice cream 🥄 [£7.65] 

This was served warm and smelled delicious. Unfortunately, it didn’t taste as good as it smelled. It was light, fluffy and ‘nice’, but probably a 6/10. Also, while the green colour was cool, it was also slightly off-putting. The ice cream was okay. 

Picpoul de Pinet, Réserve de Mirou (Languedoc-Roussillon, France) 🍷 [£27 for a bottle]

🌟 Brasserie Blanc has nice French vibe interiors with white tablecloths (a rarity nowadays). All of this was from the à-la-carte menu, however they also have a set menu which is 2 courses for £12.95 or 3 for £16.45. 

🤵🏻 Very attentive staff with good knowledge of wine pairings.

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Disclaimer: PR invite - complimentary experience.