Foodies looking for somewhere to dine in Cheltenham can discover what awaits at Malmaison’s Chez Mal Brasserie. Boasting a stylish setting, alfresco space and a delicious menu, it’s the perfect place for brunch, lunch, dinner and drinks.
Talking to Chez Mal Brasserie’s head chef, Marian Badea, SoGlos enjoys an insight into the restaurant and its offerings, finding out which dish is most popular, and getting some menu recommendations, too.
What’s your background in the industry?
I have cooked for 17 years in hospitality, from family run hotels and restaurants to five-star hotels in Romania, Cyprus and the UK.
Can you tell us about your role at Chez Mal Brasserie?
To ensure we deliver the highest standards of Chez Mal.
What kind of experience can diners expect?
Exciting, perfectly cooked dishes, served in a relaxed friendly environment.
How would you describe the menu at Chez Mal Brasserie?
An extensive choice of mouth-watering international dishes.
What are your personal highlights on the summer menu?
To me, the Ahi Tuna tartar is the winner with smashed avocado, wasabi, pickled ginger and soy dressing; and the Thai green chicken curry is a pleasant choice; especially sat on our terrace on a warm summer’s evening.
Is there anything that’s particularly popular with diners?
The Marbled rib eye steak is always a popular seller, as well as our Crab and sea scallop risotto served with carnaroli rice, white crab meat, crab bisque, samphire and pan-seared scallops.
What sets Chez Mal Brasserie apart from other restaurants?
The Menu. There is a dish for everyone, for all tastes.
Do you have a favourite dish to prepare?
I love cooking all the dishes on the menu, and we strive to give every dish extra attention.
Is there anything you’d like to introduce onto the menu in Cheltenham?
If we are lucky enough to keep this hot weather… then perhaps some more Mediterranean flavours?!
And finally, what dish would you recommend to new diners?
The Seared soy-glazed salmon with crunchy hot and sour salad, toasted cashew nuts, red chilli, poussé & crisp gem lettuce – a truly fantastic dish that gets the taste buds tingling.
For more information call (01242) 370655, or visit malmaison.com directly.