French cuisine doesn’t typically go hand in hand with veganism, however Brasserie Blanc’s new Spring menu bucks this trend with vegan delights that will tantalise your taste buds.
The menu has been created between Raymond Blanc and Brasserie Blanc’s chef team led by Clive Fretwell and incorporates dishes from Raymond’s travels. Consequently it’s not your typical French menu. There are some other dishes thrown in there too and what’s more…many are vegan.
Eating Vegan at Brasserie Blanc
On the Brasserie Blanc menu you’ll find a little section that presents their vegan options. It’s very clear so you won’t have to look for the (v) sign and question whether that means it’s vegetarian or vegan…we’ve all been there. From nibbles to dessert, you’re able to have a full vegan meal at Brasserie Blanc and what’s more, you’ll have choice.
Whilst we were deciding what to order we had some rustica olives and a sliced baguette with dips, which included spiced aubergine and mushroom and a spicy citrus dip. The aubergine and mushroom was chunky with a slightly smoky flavour. I really enjoyed it.
There were a couple of vegan starters on the menu including a pea, broad bean and red pepper salad, vegetable summer rolls and also a vegan special of grilled asparagus with a cauliflower crumble. I chose their vegetable summer rolls which were light and refreshing. A great option for this hot weather. I thoroughly enjoyed the soy dipping sauce that the rolls came with as it was sweet but slightly tangy. Very enjoyable.
FRESH RICE PAPER ROLLS, VERMICELLI NOODLES, AVOCADO, CARROTS, MINT, CUCUMBER, CORIANDER PESTO & SOY DIPPING SAUCE
For main I ordered the Hearty Vegan Chilli Pie. I must admit that in my head this was going to be a pastry pie, but instead a steaming shepherds pie lookalike was put down before me with a side salad.
RICH VEGETABLE AND BEAN CHILLI WITH SMOOTH MASH, MIXED LEAF SALAD
The portion was very generous and hot hot hot. It took a few minutes for me to air it and cool it down. The mash on top was delicious and didn’t feel like it was lacking in terms of creaminess, which can happen with vegan mash. The bean chilli was flavoursome but i wish that it had had a bit more of a kick to it. I also would have preferred some steamed vegetables instead of a mixed leaf salad, but that’s just personal preference.
The dessert was probably my favourite dish of the three as i’m a dessert kind of girl with my sweet tooth. There was one option, which was the coconut rice with fresh mango. The coconut rice was smooth, creamy and subtly sweet with the passion fruit cutting through with its tartness. The mango sorbet added a cooling touch to the mix of textures and flavours in this bowl. Delicious. Absolutely delicious.
MANGO SORBET, MINTED PASSION FRUIT COULIS, COCONUT CRISP
All evening we were served by Alain who looked after us so well – merci Alain! The food itself was not what you’d typically expect to find in a French restaurant, however it’s great to see that they’re catering for the vegan market too.
Where can you find Brasserie Blanc?
Brasserie Blanc have a number of restaurants both in London and out, including Oxford and Winchester. You can see a full list on their website.
As Raymond Blanc says, “food is for life, for joy, for saying I love you.” Well Brasserie Blanc, I can certainly say that your food brought me joy, especially that dessert.
Have you tried Brasserie Blanc before?