Bordeaux is a city famed more for its wine production than its cuisine, however an influx of young chefs have come to the city in recent years. They are creating a new gastronomic signature for this up-and-coming city in South-West France. There are now many excellent restaurants in this great French city, including several with Michelin stars. Here is our list of 5 of the best restaurants in Bordeaux.
Le Chien de Pavlov
Le Chien de Pavlov is a lively and contemporary bistro situated in the heart of Vieux Bordeaux. This cosy restaurant is unconventionally decorated with things like mismatched antique furniture and Tiffany lights. The menu changes by season depending on what ingredients are fresh and available, but the prices always remain relatively similar and for the excellent quality of the food, the dishes are generally good value for money. You can also find cheap glasses of wine here for only €2.
The name of this modern bistro comes from the fact that the chefs come from all corners of the world, all coming together to share their expertise. With these different culinary influences, the market-driven menu made with seasonal produce from the South-West has made it one of the most popular restaurants in Bordeaux. There is a 5-course tasting menu that is reviewed on a daily basis, so you never know what you’re going to get, but the dishes are certain to be tasty. The ingredients are all fresh local products, like fish delivered on the day, farmed meats and fresh vegetables from the day’s harvest.
This modern restaurant was created by four friends and it has a minimalist, stripped back, stylish design. Since its opening, it has become an extremely popular restaurant / cocktail bar that is incredibly difficult to get a table at. The restaurant is open every day for lunch, except for Sunday when it’s closed the whole day, however it is only open for dinner on Tuesday and Wednesday. It transforms into a fashionable speakeasy on the other nights. The lunch menu is very good value for money for a high quality gastronomic restaurant at just €20 for starter, main and dessert.
Le Bouchon Bordelais
Le Bouchon Bordelais is a popular bistro with a warm, friendly atmosphere in the heart of Bordeaux. The market-driven menu is constructed seasonally based off the local products the chef manages to get. Chef Frédéric Vigouroux creates a very inventive menu that never disappoints. You can get a starter and a main here in the evening for €33, which is pretty well priced for his delicious creations. Le Bouchon Bordelais is a great place to eat during your time in Bordeaux.
“LA” Table d’Hôtes – Le Quatrième Mur
This one star Michelin restaurant, situated in the basement of l’Opéra National, offers a new and unique dining experience. Chef Philippe Etchebest breaks down the normal codes of gastronomy, offering a unique table with 12 seats facing the kitchen, so that you can fully experience all aspects of the dining experience, from the preparation to eating. You watch the seven courses unfold in front of you. The menu is built according to what the chef likes, the season and the market. This restaurant offers a gastronomic experience of high quality with good food guaranteed.
So there you have our list of some of the best restaurants in Bordeaux. As the culinary scene is developing in this French city, there are plenty of top quality restaurants to eat at in Bordeaux. While dining in one of the city’s restaurants, be sure to try some of Bordeaux’s famous wine, it is regarded as some of the best wine France has to offer.
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