Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Ladies that brunch - new Patisserie Valerie menu review

There's a lot of great things about maternity leave - one of them being the chance to pop out for a coffee whenever I fancy it. Earlier today, I met my Mother-in-Law for a catch up over some delicious cakes, at Patisserie Valerie, at Resorts World Birmingham.



Our excuse? Not that one was needed, but Patisserie Valerie is going through a bit of an update at the moment and the refreshed new menu was ready for us to sample - and I wasn't going to turn down such a mouthwatering offering now, was I?!

Resorts World is good if you want to go somewhere a bit different for something to eat, with a good selection of restaurants, including the very spacious Patisserie Valerie. There's discount shops too to look around, but be mindful of the parking cost - £2.50 for up to two hours, £16 thereafter up to 12 hours - although if you spend £20 or more at Resorts World, you can validate your parking so you only pay the lower fee (top tip!).


So, on to the new menu...


There's a great selection of breakfast and brunch foods, served all day, including a full breakfast plate, a vegan option packed full with avocado and hummus, porridge and every kind of egg dish. There's also a good range of new lunch options too. I opted for eggs royale, my Mother-in-Law the porridge with blueberries, banana and maple syrup, to be washed down with a coffee and a hot chocolate. 

And boy, were my eggs good! Sat on a brioche bun, there was a generous helping of smoked salmon, two poached eggs and a generous dollop of hollandaise sauce. Creamy, rich and very satisfying. The porridge was also creamy and delicious, so I am told, and we both enjoyed the options we chose.


But we didn't stop there - no, a visit to Patisserie Valerie isn't complete without, well, a slice of cake or some patisserie. After being introduced to the updated and improved selection - butter has been brought back and the emphasis is on premium ingredients and taste, rather than anything too large or heavy - we had to make our choices, which was pretty difficult to say the least. 


I almost when for the coffee eclair (first dipped in white chocolate, don't you know) but the black forest gateau was calling me, and my Mother in Law chose a slice of Mille-Feuille. Mine was rich with depth of flavour but a surprisingly light sponge, and hers was buttery and 'scrumptious' apparently.


We couldn't resist a look at the celebration cakes available too - they were serious works of art and very reasonably priced, given the craftsmanship and how different and premium they are in comparison to typical shop bought cakes.


It was a lovely way to spend a couple of hours and we relished every mouthful. As a treat or somewhere to go for a special occasion, I'd really recommend a visit to Patisserie Valerie; the prices are reasonable, the atmosphere comfortable and you can really indulge your sweet tooth.


Here's all you need to know about their new menu:


Patisserie Valerie has launched its new summer menu and revealed its redesigned range of classic patisserie and gateaux which are now available from its patisseries nationwide. The butter is well and truly back!

These exciting launches are the first steps in the redevelopment of the much-loved brand as the business re-focuses on quality ingredients, creative designs and ethical sourcing. The new ranges will be focused around a core range of the favourites that Patisserie Valerie is famous for, alongside exciting new flavours and fresh seasonal ingredients.

At the heart of Patisserie Valerie’s range are five individual patisserie that have been lovingly reworked using high quality ingredients to produce exciting flavours, better texture and clean, creative designs. They include Strawberry Gateau - Layers of light vanilla sponge filled with whipped cream & fresh strawberries with a strawberry glaze, Double Choc - Moist dark chocolate sponge layers with dark luxury chocolate cream, finished with chocolate ganache & a white & dark choc swirl, Blackforest Chocolate sponge layered with whipped cream & cherries. Finished with amarena cherries & chocolate fans, Baked Cheesecake - A light vanilla cream cheese baked on a crumbly biscuit base and Mille-Feuille - Crispy butter rich puff pastry layers filled with St. Honoré cream, decorated with fondant icing.

The menu has a broad range of plant-based options and all patisserie and gateaux are suitable for vegetarians. The company is also pleased to launch a new refreshing cold drink range for adults and kids in partnership with fresh British brand Cawston Press. The range has no added sugar and the brand is closely aligned with new values of Patisserie Valerie.
  
Alongside Patisserie Valerie’s famous freshly baked pastries, diners can now enjoy an All-Day Brunch menu which includes healthy options such as Smashed Avocado on freshly baked bloomer toast and Greek Style Yoghurt with granola and fresh fruit alongside the classic Eggs Benedict and the new Madame Valerie’s Vegan Breakfast.

The Lunch to Dinner menu has been stripped back to a classic range of comfort dishes like croque monsieurs, alongside fresh salads, stuffed croissants and handmade sandwiches. Highlights include the Valerie Club - Roasted chicken breast, ham, lettuce, tomato & mayonnaise on toasted bread, with a side salad & parmentier potatoes, the vegan Super Wholefood Salad - Rocket, baby spinach, sweet potato, tenderstem broccoli & blueberries with a black rice & quinoa salad. Topped with figs, sunflower & pumpkin seeds, pomegranate & drizzled with a fig, pear & white balsamic dressing and Roast Chicken Sandwich - Tomato chutney & mayonnaise with lettuce, cherry tomatoes & pumpkin seeds on a heritage bloomer.

The summer menu will see the continuation of their famous afternoon tea for two people and includes; Miniature patisserie, sandwiches & quiche, scones with jam & clotted cream. Guests can choose from either a luxury loose leaf tea or barista crafted coffee.

Customers will also continue to be able to order and personalise Patisserie Valerie’s range of whole cakes and gateaux online from www.patisserie-valerie.co.uk.


* We were #gifted our visit in return for an honest review.

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