French-style restaurant Bistrot Pierre has confirmed more details about its Torquay site, which is set to open tomorrow (5 September) in the bayside Abbey Sands development.
As well as the core Bistrot menu, the 200-capacity site will also offer a bar menu of local seafood and two daily fish options, plus a wide gluten-free selection. There will also be tartes flambées topped with ham and tomato, four cheeses, mushrooms or goat's cheese.
Classic French dishes at the restaurant are set to include steak-frites; haddock fillet with asparagus in mint and lemon butter; roasted pork with sautéed savoy cabbage and bacon; carpaccio of beef with shaved fennel; chocolate torte with crème Chantilly; and French-style bread and butter pudding served with vanilla ice-cream and blackberry compote.
There will also be two "dine with wine" events twice a month, a breakfast menu every weekend and a fixed-price menu during the week (from £10.95 for two courses, and an "early bird" dinner menu at a set price of £14.50).
Twice-monthly dining evenings ("soirées gastronomiques") will offer customers more expensive choices, such as lobster bisque with gruyere flute; Scottish 21 day-aged bavette steak with black pepper butter; and chicken with truffles.
Co-founder Robert Beacham commented on the new menus, saying: "This will be the first time we have had food unique to the bar. We felt that this, our first bistrot literally by the sea, warranted something extra special."
General manager Beau Clarke, who had spent many holidays in the area before becoming involved in the new site, said: "I'm thrilled to have this opportunity to run a restaurant I believe in, in a town I love."
The brand opened its Plymouth site in March 2013, as part of a nationwide name change and design revamp, and in October announced plans to double its number of venues to 20 by 2018, thanks to a multimillion-pound finance injection from NatWest.
The company also runs its own apprenticeship scheme, helping young employees reach NVQ level qualifications, in association with Charnwood College.