Has Birmingham Finally Found “Le Truc” It’s Been Looking For?
With the opening of a stylish new French bar and restaurant last month, Birmingham is gaining a louche and seductive swagger of its own.
Le Truc takes its name from a French expression meaning “the thing”. It’s used to describe that “je ne sais quoi” of the coolest Parisienne bars and restaurants.
Launched on August 23rd, Le Truc brings this distinctively French vibe to Birmingham’s very own Marais in the Southside quarter. Situated near the Hippodrome theatre and nestled on the corner of The Arcadian, Le Truc is an eye-catching fusion of the modern and the traditional.
The venue itself retains the original interior created by one of the country’s top restaurant designers, David Collins, whose studio has set the scene for the crème de la crème of British restaurateurs including The Wolseley, Gordon Ramsay, J Sheekey and Michel Roux
The Le Truc team has taken this foundation and structure and added a modern twist inspired by the France of Brigitte Bardot and Serge Gainsbourg. This reflects the vintage vibe you see in brasseries on Rue Oberkampf or Saint Martin.
Like their London cousins, Gastropubs, Parisian brasseries are being rediscovered by a new generation. They love old school Coq au Vin or Cote de Boeuf. But Les Parisiennes are also partial to le weekend brunch and have finally admitted they quite like un burger.
Whilst soaking up the alluring combination of relaxed bohemian chic you can enjoy the highest standards in food and drink from delicious brunch, bar and restaurant menus. In true brasserie fashion, it’s all on your terms.
Le Truc’s front of house and restaurant team brings a wealth of experience. Manager, Michelle Righini, joins from celebrated London steakhouse, Hawksmoor, renowned for its epic cocktail list and informal style. Chef Andy Walker has worked at some of Birmingham’s top restaurants, including Le Petit Blanc, Bank, Malmaison and Hotel Du Vin, and Executive Chef Richard Teague worked alongside Adam Byatt at London’s Hospital Club.
At the sweeping zinc bar, you’ll find sensational cocktails, the finest craft beers and a lovingly-selected wine range. From the cassette-covered DJ booth comes music for every mood. On the walls are specially commissioned paintings and art installations which hark back to the best known works of the Birmingham Surrealists. All you have to do is settle down in the wall-hugging leather banquette, and relax.
Proudly independent, Le Truc remixes over 100 years of effortless French cool and culinary excellence.