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Bistro du Vin
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Hotel Du Vin
11 Bristo Place,
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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 7 days

As a teenager I used to pass Bistro Du Vin in Bristo Place everyday – an iconic building that was once ‘Bedlam’, the city's lunatic asylum.

Now part of the Malmaison group the building is an attractive mix of traditional stone and contemporary chic. There is an outdoor terrace, whisky snug, private tasting and dining rooms, cigar bothy and cosy mezzanine bar. 

The Bistro is a welcoming, spacious restaurant decorated in traditional style with effortless rustic charm. The new Prix Fixe Menu has just launched and there is a great value two course lunch for £17.95 with the same menu only £1 more for dinner. The kitchen is geared up for a fast service at lunchtime and waiting staff offer friendly yet unobtrusive service.

My lunch companion and I decided to "mix and match” from Prix Fixe and A La Carte. To start we chose Severn & Wye smoked salmon classic and the avocat sauce crevette. The salmon came garnished with soft boiled egg, cornichons, parsley and red onion. The only seasoning it needed was a squeeze of the fresh lemon provided; delicious. The ‘prawn cocktail’ was avocado scooped out,  chopped up and then returned to its skin with big juicy prawns in a delightful sweet but savoury Marie Rose sauce.   

From the Plats Principaux I plumped for roast cod with Puy lentils, button onions and a very tasty, smoky pancetta. A pistachio and nut crumb added a layer of texture to the fish ensuring every last bit was heartily consumed. Red wine in the sauce added depth.  My companion opted for Roquefort, pear and walnut salad. An inspired choice; the blue cheese was salty and the endive salad slightly bitter, both of which balanced the sweetness of the pear. 

Puddings are always that guilty part of eating out– "I shouldn’t really”. I did, though. The pastry on the shared tart au citron was thick enough to hold the sharp fresh lemon which had a brûlée-style crisp toffee finish. It cut easily and dissolved pleasantly in the mouth. 

As you’d expect from a French style Bistro the wine list is extensive, with a cut down version available for those in a hurry.  Expert sommeliers are on hand to guide you.  
Bistro Du Vin’s clear focus is on classic and seasonal French favourites for a ‘rapide’ or more leisurely dining experience.  (D. Hughes) 


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