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Respond to Review of Bistro 1847 - City Centre
by Jan Hicks

Review: We went to 1847 Bistro for my husband's birthday on a Saturday night. The place was comfortably busy, with a good atmosphere. The staff were friendly and welcoming, and we were seated straight away. We were given time to make a selection from the drinks menu, and were told what the soup of the day was, before choosing our courses from the menu. The appetisers and starters looked so good that we decided to go savoury and risk not being able to fit a pudding in. Thankfully, the Bistro staff don't rush you between courses. We had plenty of time between finishing one course and the next one arriving (because all the food is freshly prepared to order), so we had plenty of time between courses to digest our food and ended up having room for pudding - hooray! The appetisers we had were well balanced and tasty: chilli peppers stuffed with cream cheese and focaccia crostini with olive tapenade and sunblush tomatoes. Our staters were also spot on: salt & pepper tofu for my husband and white bean and sundried tomato fritters for me. Everything was perfectly seasoned. We had the same main course, because it sounded different: roasted shallot and poppy seed barley risotto with pickled onion shells. This needed a little extra seasoning for both of us, but the pickled onion shells added a lovely zing to the subtlety of the risotto. When we discovered that we did have room for dessert, we chose the rose scented white chocolate pot and pistachio cookies (for chocoholic husband) and the blackberry mille feuille with almond cream and cameralised apple sauce (for me). Both were out of this world good. The blackberries on the mille feuille were plump and juicy and the apple sauce was beautiful and just sharp enough. We will definitely go again.

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