Where to experience the best French cuisine in the city

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From intricate patisserie, to mouth-watering soups and meat dishes, here’s where you can get a taste of Paris much closer to home. 

Bistro du Vin

Looking for Parisian chic? Bistro du Vin, which is part of Birmingham’s Hotel du Vin, is adorned with classical French décor. However, the menu is simple and inspired by home-cooked dishes and slow-cooked foods. If you’re looking for French classics such as Escargots and Soufflé, look no further, as Bistro du Vin is the ideal place to experience traditional Frecnh delicacies. A Sommelier is also always on hand to match delicious wines with your food, and the waiting staff are keen to explain the origins and history of the food on your plate. 

Simpsons

Whereas Bistro du Vin has indulgent French décor, Simpsons has a more contemporary, informal feel, inspired by the colours and shapes of nature – which informs its seasonally-sourced dishes. After setting up the restaurant in the early 90s, it took just one year to earn a Michelin star, which it still holds to this day. Now, the restaurants is in a grade II listed building in Edgbaston and provides some of the best contemporary cuisine in the region. Classic French flavours are given a new, subversive twist, so expect to pay more for this high-quality food and drink experience. 

Bistro Pierre 

Bistro Pierre offer a range of Anglo-French dishes, which are carefully sourced from artisan French suppliers. Expect classic hearty meals – think Boef Bourguignon – for an affordable price and make sure to try the delicious starters, which include a newly-added Fritot de Brie, and an expansive drinks collection. 

Côte Brasserie

Sitting close to the water’s edge at The Mailbox, Côte Brasserie offers a modern approach to your favourite French food. A large wine menu is on hand to compliment your meal, with highlights including Steak Frites and Côte’s signature crème caramel. 

Maison Mayci 

After opening several cafes in London, French-born chefs David and Remi Faveau moved to the Midlands to open Maison Mayci – a patisserie based in Birmingham. In addition to freshly-baked bread, they also provide a rustic lunch menu including Soup, Quiche, and pasta specials. They keep their food simple and are keen to emphasise that they source their food locally.

Miss Macaroon

The patisserie chefs at Miss Macaroon meticulously craft macaroons that are, quite simply, perfection. Founder Rose Ginday is a Michellin-star standard pastry chef and opened this bakery as a social enterprise, in order to help marginalised young people gain employment. Ex-offenders and care leavers are taken on board to create the macaroons, which supply huge clients such as Orange, EE, and Ted Baker. Bon appétit!

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