Tiles…and Blanchette had some very pretty brightly coloured tiles behind the bar.
And some cute ones on the floor. Personally I’m more interested in food than tiles…but each to their own 😉
Fab to start nibbling on while we looking at the menu made up of charcuterie plates and French tapas, made for sharing.
A warming bowl of steamed mussels was our first dish, perfect for dipping in our crisp bread and mopping up all the delicious garlicky sauce.
My one criticism of the otherwise brilliant Blanchette was that we received the mussels first and we took our time to enjoy them, but then the next three dishes came out all at once. I would have preferred a more staggered service.
Grilled chicken with puy lentils and wild mushrooms was the perfect final choice. I don’t often order chicken in restaurant because it just seems a a little unexciting and can be overdone. But Blanchette’s chicken is lovely, succulent (never, ever use the word moist…) and perfectly paired with the accompaniments. It made a very satisfying end to a lovely meal.
I definitely agree with Jay Rayner on this one, Blanchette is a fine French gem and the marvellous food comes at a very reasonable price tag.