Brasserie Blanc’s spring menu has landed, packed with a new collection of innovative and adventurous dishes inspired by Raymond Blanc’s global travels. From the delicate, fragrant flavours of Asia to the rich spices of Moroccan souks take a whistle-stop tour of some of Raymond’s favourite destinations. What’s more, and unusually for a French chef, the fresh menu also contains an enticing selection of new vegan and vegetarian options.
New dishes to the arrivals board include Malabar Fish Curry with toasted coconut, Cod with preserved lemon and squid ink risotto, Lamb tagine and Vegetable summer rolls. Each dish has a fascinating Raymond Blanc travel tale behind it, from typically Venetian morning meanderings around the Rialto Fish Market or being blown away by blackened chicken on the Chilean street food scene, to some friendly barter-banter in Morocco ending with a threat of violence if he continued to haggle! And all have been given the special Brasserie Blanc touch to make them truly unique.
As well as being reminiscent of Raymond’s many winter breaks spent in South East Asia, the Vegetable Summer Rolls starter, with subtle fresh flavours of mint, avocado, cucumber and a citrus ginger and soy dipping sauce, also heads up a brand-new selection for vegans and vegetarians.
Perhaps surprising from a French restaurant – where meat, butter and cream are often regarded as the cuisine’s foundations – Brasserie Blanc has lovingly created a collection of vegan dishes where vegetables take centre stage including: Hearty vegan chilli pie; Pea, broad bean and red pepper salad; Butternut squash with citrus bulgur wheat salad; and coconut rice with fresh mango.
The gratifyingly grown-up veggie options may be free of meat, but they’re full of flavour having been given the Brasserie Blanc treatment of offering simple, but refined dishes created with classic French cooking techniques, using the very best ingredients and prepared to a superb standard. In fact, Raymond’s exceptional chilli base for the hearty vegan pie is so luxuriously delicious and satisfying that it will temp both vegetarians and non-veggies alike.
Buckle up and take off on a culinary journey exploring exciting international flavours with the new Brasserie Blanc spring summer menu.
Marriott Highcliff Hotel
105 St Michael’s Road
Dorset BH2 5DU
6.30AM – 10.30PM Mon – Fri
7AM – 11PM Sat
7AM – 9PM Sun
lunch served from 12.30pm
Breakfast Served Everyday
Mon – Fri until 10.30AM
Sat & Sun until 11AM
*Note from Editor*
The Brasserie Blanc is very family friendly. I had the opportunity to take my husband and two children then 8 & 12 to dine one evening. My son is a particularly picky eater and this was not a problem as the children’s menu has all the favourites. The staff were so friendly and attentive without being overbearing and the atmosphere was relaxed and happy. My husband and I both had the Fillet steak, we were wary as have both had bad experiences with the cooking and quality of the meat in some other restaurants. We were simply delighted with the Meal from start to finish, the taste, the presentation and quality were all exceptional. I am so pleased to have found somewhere to eat out, with stunning views and beautiful food that welcomes the whole of my family. Heidi McHugh