Brasserie Blanc is the restaurant of the famous French chef Raymond Blanc. There are eight locations, but I went to the one in Milton Keynes, which is less than an hour North of London.
My friend K and I decided on two courses, a starter and a main. Although the puddings are good we just weren’t in the mood for sweets.
To start I had the Roquefort cheese soufflé with pear and walnut. It was delicious. Light and fluffy with a good amount of cheese and offset perfectly by the ripe pear and crunchy nuts that sat in a pool of olive oil and sharp balsamic.
K had the Steamed Loch Fyne mussels with white wine and cream. I always get a shock when mussels are served as the pots never fail to weigh down the table! It was a generous but not greedy amount – although the bounty of shells can be deceiving.
The service was prompt and friendly without invading personal space, which I liked. The room is a lovely warm space with crisp white tablecloths, plush leather chairs, polished cutlery and flattering lighting.
The kitchen is open along one side of the dining room and I of course positioned myself so that I could see the action. I absolutely adore watching chefs plate food, it’s mesmerising.
There was a nice gap before our mains arrived and I had a special of Poached fish, fennel and vegetables in bouillabaisse sauce. The bouillabaisse was complex and rich and the fish was moist and perfectly poached. I do believe I licked the plate clean (not literally, that would be rude).
K had the King prawns with garlic mayonnaise and chips. She’d ordered it before and knew exactly what to expect – ‘King’ was not just a title, but a reality. Have a look at the size of those beauties! The only place I’ve ever seen prawns like that is in Ballina.
I also love the way all the grilled meat and seafood is served on a wooden board. It’s so rustic. Is that a French thing? I don’t remember steak being served that way in Paris or Toulouse.
Next time I’ll go back and fit in pudding. I want to try the Flaming Baked Alaska and the cheese selection. French cheeses are to die for!
Happy eating, Christie
301 Avebury Boulevard
Central Milton Keynes
PH: +44 (0) 1908 546 590