I walked in enticed by that wonderful smell of baking wafting through the doors, greeted by the yummiest looking pastries, pain perdu and breads. Alongside was the French style Bistro with dishes such as the signature six-hour cooked lamb, Eggs Benedict and the dish which the restaurants foundations lay – the Pain Perdu. Downstairs you can enjoy home style modest favourites a la carte and freshly baked breads and pastries.
As I walked upstairs I felt like I had come to a different restaurant, I was suddenly in an Andalusian lounge with the exotic smell of shisha wafting around. That is when I was given my menu and read the Bertin story, a tale of love. Downstairs was based on Selena, Bertins first love in Alsace, unfortunately she ended up marrying his best friend but we are so happy that the yummy Pain Perdu was born out of his love for trying to make her the perfect recipe. Later he met Esmeralda in Morocco and upstairs was an ode to her, a cute story that drew the place together.
I loved how chilled it was, huge comfy sofas, finger foods to share and the best shisha I have had in ages! We tried a mixture of everything as it all sounded amazing and when it arrived, it did not disappoint. The merguez was amazing, a dish that is usually not my favourite but it was so fresh and seasoned to perfection. The flat-bread was also yummy as were the peppers but there was no room to sample the tagines, paella de mariscos or other yummy dishes so we will definitely be heading back! We saved room for the piece de resistance – the pain perdu. It was similar to a bread and butter pudding but you sprinkle rock salt over it and pour caramel on top and OMG there was a party in my mouth! Make sure you head to Bertin’s to experience this gooey deliciousness!
If you are a shisha lover they had some of the best shisha I have ever had, I usually will have a little of someone else’s but it was so smooth and the flavour was really intense so I had one all to myself! You can also buy your own shisha pipe which comes customised with your name in the beautiful leather Bertin case (see picture above). It was a really nice place with great food, ambience and concept and I will definitely be visiting again.