The other week, Neil and I had a few days off work together so we decided to go and have lunch at Bistrot Pierre. We’ve been there a few times now and the Gluten Free menu is really, really good. There are a number of them around the country (14 in total) and our closest is in the beautiful Royal William Yard (right next to my hairdressers actually).
Read on to see what I thought.
The lunch menu is pretty big and really good value for money, priced at one course for £8.95; two courses for £10.95 and three courses for £12.95.
We both had a cheeky 3 course lunch!
The gluten free menu is pretty extensive and I was offered some gluten free bread to eat while we looked at the menu’s. Which I think is always a really nice touch.
Bistrot Pierre have this to say about catering for the gluten free:
We know how tricky it can be to find good gluten free menus in restaurants, so we’ve developed an extensive gluten free menu for both lunch and dinner.
All the dishes are based on those we feature on our main menus, but the recipes have been adapted to cater specifically for coeliacs.
Please note no gluten-containing ingredients are used in these recipes. However, as gluten is an air-born allergen and it is used in other recipes in our kitchens, we cannot guarantee against contamination. Please feel free to ask us if you would like to know the steps we have taken to minimise cross contamination regarding gluten in our kitchens.
I ummed and ahhed over what I wanted for a while, I was really tempted by the sardines, but in the end I went for Salad d’Hiver, which was roasted butternut squash, crumbled goats cheese, marinated artichoke hearts, pumpkin seats with a honey and lemon dressing. I also had the Bayonne ham with it. Neil was pretty proud of me as I tried two new things with this dish, butternut squash and artichoke hearts – I’m an incredibly fussy eater, so it was a small achievement for me.
It was very tasty, I really enjoyed this dish and was really glad I decided to go for it. It was really well presented on the plate, I was so excited to eat it that I actually forgot to take a picture, but here is one after a few mouthfuls!
For my main, I went for Poulet au citron – pan-fried chicken breast with lemon, broad beans and smoked bacon in a white wine and cream sauce. I decided to have dauphinoise potatoes with mine. The meal actually comes with seasonal vegetables or pomme frites. Neil very kindly ate the seasonal vegetables so I could enjoy the dauphinoise potatoes – which are AMAZING , so cheesy and creamy, I could eat them forever.
For desert, I went for the sorbet. The gluten free desert choices are a little limited, luckily, sorbet has always been my favourite desert, so it didn’t bother me too much.
There were a number of flavours, I went for apple, when it arrived, they had given me raspberry too, the waitress very quickly came and asked if I wanted to swap it for all apple, but I declined – I LOVE raspberry sorbet.
Even the orange juice was fabulous!
This is probably my fourth visit to Bistrot Pierre at Royal William Yard and I have been unable to fault it, any of the times we have visited. The waitress was really nice and made sure to note that the meals I had were gluten free, the service was efficient and friendly. All the food was a perfect temperature and looked so beautiful when it arrived. We weren’t kept waiting in between courses or for plates to be cleared and we weren’t kept waiting for the bill. I would definitely recommend Bistrot Pierre to everyone and especially if you are a coeliac, or wheat intolerant etc. for a special treat. The atmosphere inside is relaxed which makes spending a couple of hours in here eating lovely food a real joy.
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