Bistro Pierre Liverpool
You’ll find a little corner of France in an old warehouse building in Liverpool’s Cavern Quarter, where indie Bistro Pierre (not to be confused with the chain of almost the same name) is serving up classics such as steak frites, boeuf Bourguignon and chicken chasseur.
The French country cuisine is matched, under the heading “plats de résistance”, with rustic regional offers the likes of Marseille’s bouillabaisse fish soup and Normandy’s cider and Bramley apple-teamed slow-roasted pork, plus the more Paris-inspired type of dish such as garlic mushroom fricassee and parcelled-up salmon cooked “en papillotte” with fennel. Starters include crowdpleasers of onion soup and chicken liver pâté, and desserts are displayed on blackboards around the exposed brick walls – think crème brûlée and cheese selections. Menus change regularly to ensure the very best of fresh and seasonal market produce, and, in true Gallic style, special offers are in abundance, with two- and three-course “le pre théâtre” prix fixe menus offering good value if you don’t mind eating an early dîner.
Wines? Well, it would be rude not to, and the list includes stalwarts such as Chateauneuf-du-Pape on the reds and Chablis on the whites. Aperitifs are suitably French, while digestifs include a spread of brandies, plus armagnac and calvados.
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