Our visit to Le Truc was much-anticipated. My friend C had told me about it back in April and when we sampled some of their delights at the #futurefoodies event in May we decided to go check it out with our respective other halves in tow. Circumstances prevailed and we finally managed to get round to this last weekend! In the meantime it came to light that hubby actually knew the head chef there from way back and I’ve heard endless good stuff about it so was looking forward to a good night.
We arrived at Le Truc a little dishevelled on the rainiest night in a long time so were relieved to fall into some ‘shabby chic’ sofas and chairs in their bar area. I loved the eclectic quirky furniture and decor – check out this tape deck fireplace! We chilled out to start with a couple of drinks. Beers for the boys and cocktails for the girls. The cocktail list was original and interesting. C went for a Cherry Drop while I had an Out of Patience, both were great.
The dining area was bustling when we went through, everyone seemed to be having a great time. The service was pretty good, our waitress was friendly and attentive and enjoyed a bit of banter which is always a good thing. The wine selection wasn’t huge but very well-chosen and we really enjoyed the couple of bottles of red that we had, the Rioja and the Argentinian Malbec.
The menu is compact and very French. It all sounded really tasty. My hubby is pretty well trained by now about my insistence on us always having different meals, and as it happened we all chose different stuff that night so we got to sample quite a lot of the menu. The starters we had were; Smoked Halibut Benedict with Watercress, Steak Tartare & Quails Egg, Goats Cheese and Tomato Tarte Fine with Tapenade and Pan Fried Lambs Kidneys with Mustard Cream and Sourdough. The starters all got resoundingly good comments with no faults found. Particular plaudits went to the kidneys from my hubby. My steak tartare was also great and had really well-balanced flavours with the taste of the meat really coming through well.
Main courses also went down well. I had the Confit Duck Leg, Turnip Pomme Puree & Braised Red Cabbage. This was a really perfect Autumny dish. The meat fell off the bone, the puree was smooth and creamy and the braised cabbage both added sharpness and sweetness. In retrospect I might have ordered a side order of greens to go with it. Hubby had the 35 day aged Sirloin with Fat Chips and Bordelaise Sauce. His steak was tasty, if a touch over medium rare, but the chips were delicious. Our dinner companions ordered the Hickory Pumpkin and Sweetcorn Fritters with Kale and Sage Creme Fraiche and the Monkfish, Mussel and Prawn Bouillabaise. The first of these, the fritters were deemed to be great, and an unusual vegetarian dish that was well enjoyed. The Bouillabaise was probably the least favourite dish of the night, lacking in sauce and having only 2 prawns which was thought to be a bit stingy for a main course. The flavours themselves though were said to be good.
We all went on to have dessert as well and between us tried the Dark Chocolate Terrine with Homemade Honeycomb, Banana Cheesecake with Toffee Sauce, Baked Apple Tart Tatin and a Cheeseboard. Again good comments all round for the puds. The honeycomb on mine was sweet and crunchy with a hint of bitterness and the chocolate lush and creamy. Not a bad word could be found for dessert. Apologies for the poor photo quality in this post – iphone + dim lighting = not good photos!
All in all we had a great night at Le Truc. Great quality food, plenty to drink and a happy buzzing atmosphere. They do ‘regional’ cuisine nights and also other great events like the comedy&food event that they hosted a few weeks ago so check out their website for upcoming events! A definite for a second visit from us in the near future.
21 LADYWELL WAY, BIRMINGHAM, B5 4ST
Disclosure: We paid for our own meal, and all opinions expressed are honest and our own