Brasserie Blanc Fulham Reach: restaurant review
A classy name with a new menu on the riverbank
S et back from the Thames path, Brasserie Blanc Fulham Reach is handily located between Fulham and Hammersmith – ideal for easy lunches, brunches and dinners after weekend strolls.
Inside, the dining area feels comfortable and contemporary thanks to modern light installations, the trendy art deco-inspired bar, curved, cosy banquette seating and floor to ceiling windows that let sunlight stream in. The large space also means that even during busy periods customers can enjoy their own space and not be hemmed in by other tables. During the spring and summer, a clutch of outdoor tables, some with river views, will be a lovely spot to catch up, and the location is ideal for a pre-theatre catch up (Hammersmith Apollo is a five-minute walk).
While perusing the menu, we enjoy some festive cocktails (a zesty raspberry fizz and a chilled glass of bubbly) together with fresh baguette and a tasty trio of dips.
Brasserie Blanc’s new winter a la carte menu includes seasonal classics and delicious warming dishes ideal for festive socialising. For starters, my companions plump for a velvety chicken liver parfait, served with two hunks of fluffy brioche and a tangy red onion marmalade, and a hugely generous portion of moules mariniere. As you’d hope from a restaurant with Raymond Blanc lineage, both classic French dishes don’t disappoint. My cheese souffle arrives with a delicious Wyke Farm cheddar sauce to drizzle over, however, lovers of gooey souffles may want a little more cheesy ooze from within.
The new seasonal favourites prove too good to ignore for our main courses. My duck leg confit with blackberries and a deep jus arrived with crispy skin and slow-cooked meat falling away from the bone. The smoked pork belly with crackling and apple three ways demonstrated innovative techniques and was another welcome twist on a winter classic. The only blip was the dauphinoise potato side order, which needed a little longer in the oven and some more creaminess.
The service is friendly and warm, perfect for convivial family lunches and cosy dinners alike and the variety of the menu, which includes a rich and creamy Malabar fish curry, prime Cornish chargrilled steaks and traditional French recipes, makes this spot a great pick for multi-generational celebrations.
We stretched one more notch on the good old belt buckle for dessert and plumped for the pistachio souffle and a sticky toffee pudding. The sticky toffee pudding was the crowd-pleaser – a little wintery indulgence with moreish crispy cookie top, soft and sticky sponge and gooey velvety sauce.
Customers may be familiar with Brasserie Blanc already, however, this location and the contemporary decor is surely one of its best offerings. The changing menu, seasonal nods and French classics at Brasserie Blanc Fulham Reach will suit many diners well and the service is a step above similar rivals, perhaps thanks to that Blanc heritage.
For festive gatherings, Brasserie Blanc has just launched a set three-course Christmas menu in addition to the a la carte menu.
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