Food Review: A little ‘ooh la la’ at Brasserie Blanc

Brasserie Blanc in The Hub
Brasserie Blanc in The Hub

Burgundian snails in garlic herb butter, French onion and gruyere tart, Chateaubriand, chocolate and black cherry millefeuille.

Yes, I’m at Raymond Blanc’s high street eatery, Brasserie Blanc. Although, of course, the Milton Keynes version of the chef’s chain is found not on the high street, but tucked away in a quiet corner of The Hub.

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The restaurant has recently launched its new Spring Menu which is filled with the kind of French fare you would expect to find Chez Blanc.

Inside, the restaurant is neatly laid out, a favourite haunt for lunching business types or couples in the evening.

The service is attentive and friendly, and the atmosphere relaxed – although, despite Blanc’s claims on the eatery’s website that the food comes at a ‘price that encourages you to visit us regularly,’ don’t expect cheap to come hand in hand with cheerful.

There is a wide range of choice on the menu, with starters including chicken and prune terrine (£5.95), steak tartare (£8.50), avocado, tomato and creme fraiche salad (£6.85) and crispy goat’s cheese parcel with tomato chutney (£6.90).

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The goat’s cheese parcel – my personal choice – is a delightfully light and flavourful start to the meal.

Everything from rack of southdown lamb (£18.90), roasted cod fillet (£16.50), Scottish rope-grown mussels (£13.50) and a wide range of steaks is available as a main course.

And if you visit just after pay day you might even want to try the Chateaubriand. A meal for two, at a cost of £56.

But if the wide-ranging and splendidly tempting Sping Menu mains are not enough for you, then there is always the specials board.

I opted for the delicious, fresh crab, while my dining partner went for the ‘excellent’ sea bream.

Dessert options range from steamed lemon sponge pudding (£5.95) to rhubarb sabayon and honeycomb crunch (£4.95) to the flamed baked Alaska for two (£12.50).

Those with a less sweet tooth can opt for a packed cheese board.

There is certainly plenty on offer at Brasserie Blanc – all complete with a little ‘ooh la la’.

Brasserie Blanc

Chelsea House

301 Avebury Boulevard

Central Milton Keynes

MK9 2GA

Tel: 01908 546590