Date night dining at Brasserie Blanc

SEPTEMBER 2016 | GOING OUT

It was the husband’s turn to choose the restaurant for date night…and having walked past it many times but never been in, he opted for Brasserie Blanc in central St Albans. Busy and bustling when we arrived (8pm on a Friday night), it took a little while to be seated and get our first drinks (“not really that long a wait” my husband adds in, but I felt it was long enough that I noticed). From then on though the service was prompt and we were well looked after.

We ordered…

  • For starters: crispy goat’s cheese parcel with pea & broad bean salad, tomato & chilli dressing (£6.90) and a Charcuterie plate with Bayonne ham, rosette de Lyon, salami, pork rillettes, coppa, Savoyard sausage, pickles, sourdough (£6.90)
  • For mains: steak, chips and pepper sauce (£21) and roast duck breast and leg confit, with citrus sauce, Dauphinoise potato, pot-roasted carrots (£18.50) and French beans (£3.90)
  • For dessert: we shared a chocolate and almond torte with vanilla ice cream, crème Anglaise, toasted almonds (£5.50)
  • For drinks: a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, Vidal Estate (£26) and two dessert wines (£6.60 each)

All our food was tasty*, well-cooked, and the portion sizes good (I couldn’t actually finish my main but after a little break I found room for pudding). The bottle of SB went down easily and I could’ve drunk a lot more of the delicious dessert wine. Wait times between courses was right for us; not too slow; not rushed to relinquish our table. Despite being busy it wasn’t too noisy nor were the tables packed in on top of each other, so deep and meaningful conversation could be had. I said could, in our case we were mainly reliving the recent trauma of an 8hour flight with our delightful daughter. I usually like to comment on the toilets but by the time I went at the end of the evening I was a little tipsy (that just mentioned transport trauma led me to over-consume) so I must confess I forgot to take note of my lavatorial surroundings, sorry!

Would I go back?  Yes.

More info about Brasserie Blanc, St Albans…

The brasserie was revamped in 2015 and is a popular choice for breakfast or a light lunch as well as for dinner dates like ours. There are a couple of booths with a kitchen view if you like to be closer to the action, watching as your food is prepared. For larger bookings there is a long window table which you can book for groups of up to 12 (or thereabouts). The bar area welcomes you for a weekend caffeine fix or to have a pre-dinner tipple (we went for ours at Suckerpunch so can’t comment on the brasserie bar atmosphere). The restaurant offers all of this…

  • Al fresco dining
  • Happy hour | Sunday – Friday from 5 – 8pm, selected cocktails for £5
  • Early bird dining deals | Set menu served Monday to Saturday until 6.30pm, 2 courses £9.95 (a 3rd course will cost you an extra £3.50)
  • Sunday dining | Sunday roast menu available
  • Children’s menu | Includes the usual suspects – pasta / burger / chicken / fish fingers
  • Wheelchair accessible

Address | 1-3 VERULAM ROAD, ST ALBANS, AL3 4DA

Website: http://brasserieblanc.com/restaurants/st-albans/
Telephone: 01727 890410

*Tasty = tasted good! Husband and I aren’t food critics, we’re far from it. Everyone has different standards, food knowledge, personal views…all of which will be affected by how well the restaurant is performing that day and how you yourself are feeling at that given time. And this isn’t a foodies blog so most of the time we’ll keep it brief and say whether we thought the food was good or not so good – based on our humble opinion. And then you can see for yourself what you think – and do please let us know!

[Photo credit: Brasserie Blanc St Albans]

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