Bistro Jacques in Shrewsbury is one of those restaurants which you will want to visit again. Trust me, it has become a firm favourite amongst my friends and now I am truly converted. I rarely visit French restaurants, bar the occasional chain restaurants a couple of trips to Bistro Jacques has given me a longing for French food. This is the second time I visited Bistro Jacques and I have been pleasantly pleased on both occasions. Located in the heart of Shrewsbury, this authentic French restaurant is perfect for shoppers, theatre goers or those who fancy a delicious French meal. The restaurant is spread over two floors, is light, airy with French drawings on the wall, for me it has a cosy feel. On the two occasions I visited, I dined from the "Pre- Theatre Offer" 3 courses for £12.90. This extremely great value for money deal offers the best in seasonal cuisine and features French classics.
My most recent visit, I chose Homemade chicken liver pate, for the starter, Penne pasta and raspberry and chocolate tore. The homemade chicken liver (apologies for no photos, I ate first and realised no pictures were taken after!) was very rich, creamy, seasoned perfectly and was a hearty portion. So hearty was this starter I required two additional pieces of French bread to eat with the chicken liver. The next dish was penne pasta, tossed with chicken and green olives. This was also a large portion and the pasta and chicken was cooked to perfection. I perhaps would not have ordered this if I knew hoe many olives were in this dish, as it was not too my liking. For the final course, I chose a rich dark, raspberry chocolate torte served with whipped cream. This was one of my favourite desserts I have tried all year and it was everything a chocoholic like me adores.
My previous time I visited I ordered Cajun fish cakes, Coq au van and Eton Mess. I do hope that the Coq au van makes a reappearance on the pre theatre menu and this was sublime.
A real positive of this restaurant is that the staff are very friendly, helpful and are happy to ask any questions about the dishes you are about to order. I also like the rustic charm of this restaurant. Needless to say, I will be visiting again.
Positives: Prime location in Shrewsbury, delicious food, helpful staff.
Negatives: Bring back coq au van on the pre-theatre menu
I reviewed this restaurant because I love eating out.