May at Charlotte’s Bistro

April 26, 2017 | Charlotte's Bistro Charlotte's Group

We’ve gone big, bold classics this month, think of a Spring bistro menu bucket list and we’ve nailed it. Chef Michal is like an over-excited kid looking at a pile of presents, we’ve had to limit him to seven (!) new dishes all featuring wonderful British produce.

What’s on the menu…

Wye Valley Asparagus . Pheasant Egg Sauce . Capers

Beautiful English asparagus, paired with a yolk-heavy pheasant’s egg for extra richness and a caper and parsley emulsion for freshness.

Michal says: “It’d just be a crime not to have asparagus on the menu. This is a traditional and simple combination and makes a great starter to any lunch or dinner.”

Buffalo Mozzarella . Heritage Tomatoes . Basil Pesto

West Sussex Heritage tomatoes & buffalo Mozzarella are dressed with a little light basil pesto and balsamic.

Michal says; “This is a classic combo that just feels fresh and Spring-like. I’ve added a little twist to pep it up, but the tomatoes are the star.”

Bistro May-3

English Garden Pea Soup . Smoked Ham Hock & Pecorino

New season English garden peas are never sweeter, served with ham hock pieces braised overnight, freshly grated pecorino, fresh pea shoots – or without the ham hock as a vegetarian option.

Michal says: “The ham and cheese marries together and brings another dimension to the dish with the saltiness complimenting the sweet peas.”

Bistro May-4

Cornfed Chicken Breast . Caramelised Potato Gnocchi . Broad Beans & Morels

Succulent cornfed chicken breast is simply roasted skin-side down with broad beans for a little seasonality and morels for a little luxury – and perfect gnocchi!

Michal says: “My sous chef at Chez Bruce was Italian and he used to kill us over gnocchi! They had to be perfect, light & fluffy but hold their shape – when they’re right they puff up beautifully when caramelised.”

Bistro May-5-2

Pan Fried Shetland Salmon . Crushed Jersey Royals . Asparagus

Line caught Shetland salmon accompanied by mint-infused, crushed Jersey Royals, asparagus and tarragon mayonnaise.

Michal says: “Instead of a classic hollandaise, our tarragon mayonnaise brings a touch of aniseed flavour as contrast.”

Bistro May-6

Soft Cheese Dumplings . Broad Bean & Pea Fricassée

Fresh broad beans in a pea ‘risotto’ with light lemon & ricotta dumplings & pea shoots. It’s Spring in a dish!

Iced Lemon Parfait . Marinated English Strawberries . Strawberry Sorbet . Crumble

A simple showcase of British strawberries – so light it’s almost a palate cleanser.

See the full Charlotte’s Bistro menu here.