REVIEW: BRASSERIE BLANC
In my role as venue curator I’m always seeking out beautiful spaces and new locations, but I always feel incredibly lucky to have lovely people reaching out to me on a daily basis, excited to share what they do. This is how I came to stuff my face at Brasserie Blanc, Charlotte Street.
I’m sure you’re all very familiar with this famous brand of French restaurants dotted throughout London and beyond. Founded by a certain Raymond Blanc, they serve good quality, hearty French cuisine in warm and homely surroundings. This, in my humble opinion, is dining at its best – honest and welcoming.
This renowned brand has had a little makeover recently and it was an absolute pleasure to pop along to their Charlotte Street location to have a little peek.
Set over three floors, the restaurant is a moody palette of Farrow & Ball colours with beautiful Instagram-worthy vignettes and props galore – interiors inspiration heaven I’m telling you! This particular Wednesday evening in February, the restaurant was alive with chatter but it felt like we were being invited into our host’s house for a cozy supper. We were seated at a booth table, which was adorned with a simple red rose. The walls were wood-panelled and to assist us in relaxing we had soft velvet cushions to lounge on in mustard yellow and azure blue. Champagne was ordered and we started to feast with our eyes as we were handed the menu.
The boy and I aren’t shy when it comes to eating (sadly I don’t share his speedy metabolism) and we do love to luxuriate over a long lunch or dinner. For starters we chose the Scallops and Escargots, followed by Duck Confit and Steak Tartare (with obligatory frites) then we devoured their Specials dessert, which was a devilish chocolate sharing platter. All of this was washed down with plenty of wine, soft doughy bread and possibly one or two more glasses of Champagne. All in all, we finished the meal seriously happy, a little bit plumper and yes quite possibly a bit tipsy.
But you see, it’s hard not to be happy, plump and tipsy if you do it right at Brasserie Blanc. The food was utterly delicious, the service was attentive and friendly and the atmosphere was similar to being hugged. The restaurant was busy, almost crowded, yet it still felt intimate, somehow spacious and super romantic.
In fact, we were so contented after our meal we couldn’t quite face the train trip back to Brighton, so we crossed the street and booked ourselves a room at the Charlotte Street Hotel. Now that my friends, is a good meal out.
If you fancy having your own French feast then you can find all of their locations right here. You can have breakfast, enjoy a simple lunch, meet a friend for coffee or after work cocktails or, like us, totally indulge.
Brasserie Blanc’s locations are also perfect for couples looking for chic private dining for events & wedding receptions. You can find out more on this here.