Food is one of the top reasons why you should come (and move) to Bordeaux. The following list takes you on a gastronomy tour around the city’s finest restaurants.
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Salmon gravlax with dill and capers at Racines restaurant | Courtesy of Racines
When you enter a restaurant and that you mainly see locals sitting there, it is generally a very good sign. There are not enough superlatives to describe how excellent the food is at Racines restaurant. Daniel Gallacher and his team prepare beautifully executed and crafted dishes at a relatively affordable price for such quality. The menu regularly changes, which ensures you always get fresh and seasonal products on your plate. Whether you come for lunch or at dinner time, you will be welcomed by a very friendly staff and have a wonderful time. You certainly want to make a reservation.
Salmon gravlax with dill and capers at Racines restaurant |Courtesy of Racines | Courtesy Racines restaurant
Drive for about 15 minutes outside Bordeaux and you surely won’t be disappointed. In La Cape‘s restaurant, you will have a taste at some of the finest French gastronomy. Go there in the evening, trust the creativity of the chef Thomas Brasleret, and let your taste buds embark on a blissful and tasteful journey.
Beautifully staged plate at La Cape restaurant |Courtesy of La Cape | Courtesy La Cape
You can’t pretend to be a foodie and not stop by the chic brasserie Le Quatrième Mur, led by the charismatic French chef Philippe Etchebest. Adjoined to the Opéra National de Bordeaux-Grand Théâtre, the architectural masterpiece that dominated the stunning Place de la Comédie, it is the perfect setting for a wonderful night. Order the seven-course menu and share this moment with a group of friends and watch the chef and his brigade prepare formidable dishes for you.
La Brasserie Bordelaise is considered by most locals as the best place in town for meat lovers. All the meats are carefully selected by the Metzger brothers, butchers unanimously known for the exceptional quality of the meat they select and love for products from the terroir. Our advice is to come as a group at the “apéro hour” and start with a plate of Jambon Pellota or try a beef carpaccio coming with freshly cut salad and superior comté cheese. In addition to that, the venue has a cave with more than 700 wines, which will also delight wine lovers.
Pork belly and fig at Le Taquin | Courtesy of Le Taquin
You and your crew should spend an evening out and enjoy Le Taquin‘s laid-back atmosphere and the chef’s ability to constantly reinvent the menu using the best local products (the pork shoulder and the cracked eggs are musts). Fun fact, Le Taquin is also a cocktail club that regularly organizes workshops to teach people how to perfectly mix their own drinks.
Pork belly and fig at Le Taquin |Courtesy of Le Taquin | Courtesy of Le Taquin
You will only eat the best of the best at La Grande Maison | Courtesy of La Grande Maison
Treat yourself to a lavish meal at the luxurious hotel La Grande Maison and taste the astonishing cuisine of Pierre Gagnaire, the chef of this exceptional restaurant. You can be sure to eat only the best of the best and to receive world-class service from the staff. On sunny days, having your meal in the garden will make this moment an even more memorable experience. Try to pace yourself to leave some room for the premium desserts of Thomas Pocero. After that, it might be hard for you to leave.
You will only eat the best of the best at La Grande Maison |Courtesy of La Grande Maison | Courtesy La Grande Maison
Have you ever tried Ethiopian food? If the answer is no, you are missing out. The good news is that you can fix that during your trip to Bordeaux by having lunch or dinner at Adey Abeba, a charming restaurant near the vibrant Place de la Victoire. Meskerem, the owner, is very kind and is more than happy to gently guide you to choose the right dish for you. But our advice is that you order the ketfo gorfi, which is to die for.
Gordon Ramsay certainly didn’t find a “Hell’s Kitchen” when he partnered with the prestigious Intercontinental Bordeaux-Le Grand Hôtel to open Le Pressoir d’Argent. Instead, you will enjoy in an elegant setting remarkable food where you can easily see the chef’s great attention to detail. This Michelin two-starred restaurant reinforces that cuisine is definitely a form of art.
Garopapilles is the ideal place for a romantic dinner with that special someone or to catch up with a friend in an intimate environment. To be a victim of its success, you should book a table immediately. If you go there for lunch, order the “Menu du Marché,” which are recipes based on ingredients coming from the local markets. At night, the “Promenade gustative” menu, a five-course meal, will enchant you as well.
If you like Asian food, make sure to go to Yako restaurant, which has been well-established in Bordeaux for many years. Its longevity lies in the execution of traditional Japanese dishes but also its expertise in Korean cuisine. Order the Korean barbecue, and the waiter will heat the small pan on the table for you and then bring slim slices of tender meat that you will cook yourself. It’s very enjoyable!
One of the creative recipes from Le Chien de Pavlov | Courtesy of Le Chien de Pavlov
You will be pleased by the original recipes and the comfy atmosphere that reigns in Le Chien de Pavlov restaurant. If the restaurant takes its name from the famous social experiment, the creative and original mix of flavors will surely keep your senses alert but in a pleasurable manner. If needed, don’t hesitate to ask about wine recommendations; they know their stuff.
One of the creative recipes from Le Chien de Pavlov |Courtesy of Le Chien de Pavlov | Courtesy Le Chien de Pavlov
One of the best things with French cuisine is that chefs know how to turn what is considered junk food into noble dishes. After eating at Guys & Sons, you will probably never eat at a fast-food chain again (if not already). It’s impossible for us to choose from all the super tasty burgers they have on the menu, but one thing is for sure, you will love it and ask for more.
Tasty burger at GUY&SONS |Courtesy of GUY & SONS | Courtesy of GUY&SONS