I have just come back from a superb meal there. The Maitredee Jerome (who was at The fat Duck) made us feel very welcome this lunch time.
I didn't know what to expect considering that it was a simple cafe beforehand. The Brasserie is designed with simplicity and style in mind. Wooden floors and chairs complimented by gleaming white table cloths and excellent cutlery. Room for 40 covers inside and 40 outside (when the sun shines!) is delivered through an open kitchen close to the bar area with 2 chefs manning today's lunch for 15 covers.
As we were presented with the menus, what surprised me was the prices which were VERY reasonable for signiture Fat Duck dishes.
Pottage of Laatue de mer, poached oyster
piquillo peppers, mackarel rillettes, salad of french beans
escabeche of red mullet, saffron and carrots
parfait of foie gras, fig compote
braised boudin blanc, puy lentils.
The Boudin Blanc was out of this world. A sausage shaped boudin blanc made from pheasent meat and foie gras and chicken on a bed of puy lentils and vegetables. Absolute heaven. Expertly presented and expertly executed. NEARLY as good as the Fat Duck dish of crab biscuit.
Main Courses included:
Bream, hazlenut and rosemary couscous and tapenade
grilled salmon, chargrilled fennel, crushed potato
rib eye steak , french beans and chips, bone marrow sauce
duck petit sale, green coffee sauce and pomme puree
braised pork belly, chorizo and botifara
Lamb shank with home made baked beans and carrots.
Bream was delicious. an excellent combo of couscous and fresh fish. Likewise the slow cooked lamb shank was perfection. perfect texture and full of flavour. almost fell off the bone. Home made baked beans were interesting.
Creme Brulee was lovely. flavoured with a bay leaf and wasnt too heavy. The bread was the same as the fat duck and also included some granary.
Brilliant service and amazing food. If Jerome and his team are not careful, they will be awarded a Michelin Star soon! However, a Bib Gourmand will surely be on it's way. Approx £30 each for 3 courses with a bottle of wine.
If you dont believe me, read Janice Robinson's website and look for the Bray Brasserie review: www.janisrobinson.com
Well done Heston and Jerome.