I’ve always had Brasserie Blanc Leeds on my radar as I worked round the corner from it for a few months yonks ago however I’ve never quite made it inside. Usually because I end up on the other side of town. If you’ve never noticed it before, Brasserie Blanc is by the river towards Granary Wharf. As it’s on the river it’s got lots of chairs outside so imagine it would be nice on a sunny day to eat outside. The inside is rather lovely too. It’s just had a refurbishment and looking back at old reviews of it, the decor has been made a lot more modern with a cleaner finish though it’s still got lots of dark wood and colours which make it feel cosy and warm.
Me and a friend had popped into Chaophraya for a glass of fizz beforehand so only thought it appropriate to continue the theme when ordering drinks and had a bottle of the Blanc de Blancs (£27.50). A really delicious, crisp sparkling French wine that had a slightly appley taste.
Whilst we were looking over the menu and deciding on dishes we ordered the Trempettes (£2.90). A generous bread basket served alongside a black olive tapenade, oil & balsamic and a saffron garlic mayonnaise. The mayonnaise was especially delicious. It tasted homemade and they hadn’t been stingy with the garlic so was delicious piled on top of the bread. An absolute steal for £2.90 as well.
The menu is very classic French as you’d expect, and I liked that they’d separated out the classic signature dishes. My dining partner ordered off this section for starters, having the Steak Tartare (£8.95) which I always think looks so impressive with the egg yolk on top. She really enjoyed it, I had a little nibble and although not my cup of tea you could obviously taste the quality.
I went for the Boudin Blanc with Woodland Mushrooms (£8.50) which was fantastic. The sausage was really tasty and the steamed leeks added a slightly sweet edge to the dish, and the mushrooms a woody taste. I really wish I’d kept some of the bread to mop up the cream & sherry sauce.
For main course my partner went for the Eighteen Hour Venison Casserole (£18) which was rich and deep, served with creamy mash. She said she thought it was perhaps a bit overpriced at £18 as she wasn’t blown away but very tasty and a good portion size – proper wintery comfort food.
I went a bit rogue for me and had the Roast Barbary Duck with Blackcurrant Sauce (£18.50). A rogue choice because I usually hate meat and fruit but I was happy to take the recommendation from our waitress. There was a huge amount of duck on the plate, 3 thick breast wedges along with a confit leg. The breast had been left pink which was delicious and the meat on the leg bone just fell of – and oh that crispy skin! It was served with a big wedge of potato dauphinoise which were garlicky, creamy perfectness. The red wine sauce pulled everything together and I even polished off the blackberries.
In an attempt to be a little bit healthy we also had a side of French Green Beans (£3.90) which were still crunchy, just how I like them. I must have missed it at the restaurant but I’ve just seen they also do yellow french beans which I don’t think I’ve ever had before.
If you’ve read my blog before you’ll know that I have a sweet tooth so definitely wasn’t going to turn down dessert. I was disappointed to see no chocolate options on the menu seeing as I’m a die hard chocolate fan. I settled for the Caramel Souffle (£6.50). Now I’ve never had a souffle before however many series’ of Masterchef leads me to believe this was one of the perfect ones. It had a good wobble, risen high, crunchy on top and didn’t taste eggy at all. It was served with a rum & raisin ice cream which worked perfectly with the light, sweet souffle.
My date ordered the classic Normandy Apple Tart (£5.90) which she was very pleased with. I tried a little bit and it was indeed good. Soft baked apples on a buttery
biscuit pastry base. Not a soggy bottom in sight. It was served with an almond ice cream which makes a nice change from the usual vanilla.
A special mention to the waiting staff who were all fantastic; really welcoming and friendly, but also so efficient. We had a really lovely evening at Brasserie Blanc and I will be dining there again. The atmosphere was great along with the food and service. Definitely worth visiting the other side of town for!
This meal was complimentary, views are my own though.