Chai D'Oc: Really hungry ? Want french food ?
In a neigbourhood packed with standard cloned restaurants, the Chai d'Oc is decorated with stone walls, barrels, and wine-related engravings.
The base products make also a big difference, and the quantities are also suitable for big appetites like mine !
But if you want to be sure to be able to eat (even on saturdays) book 2 days before...
Favorite Dish: Tartare de boeuf !
Huge serving (400g) with homemade fries and salad, a great value for 11 euro.
Le Vieux Chaudron: Busy lunch venue, ridiculously cheap!
Between 12 and 2pm everything stops and the restaurants fill up! Le Vieux Chaudron is on a quieter street close to place Camille-Jullian and each day was filled with a mixture of French diners, old and young, couples and families. To be honest I was attracted by the very good prices - a 'formule' (set menu) for only 9.50 euros. And a glass of Bordeaux wine for an extra 1 euro. Perfect! You have a small choice of starter, main dish and desert, plus the obligatory jug of water and a basket of fresh bread rolls. I noticed that my main dish (liver and crispy chipped potatoes) was two or three times the size of the plates chosen 'a la carte'!!
The staff (an older couple and a young waitress) were delightfully relaxed, efficient and friendly. I passed the restaurant again the following day, it was equally full. Your biggest problem will be to find a table!
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Bistro Romain: For dessert lovers
The desserts make it special. The food in general was good. Nothing to complain about there. But the desserts were superb. There was this dessert that let's you taste all kinds of different things, mouse au chocolat, creme brulee, and much more. But if you order a mouse au chocolat (or intend to do so) make sure you have a very very light main course. It is served in a bowl so big that it took three of us to finish it.
Table 23: Shh...it's a secret!
This restaurant is the best kept secret in Bordeaux...apparently! Tucked away in the back streets between Cours Victor Hugo and Cours Alsace Lorraine, it has an airy and romantic decked terrasse outside shielded from the street by bamboo plants, and the interior is a haven of theatrical retro with influences from the 1950s and 1960s. The menu is a huge chalkboard on the back wall and the wait staff are a little quirky to say the least. This place is the epitome of cool. The food is fine, not the best thing about this restaurant, but certainly decent enough. Try the cocktails...not to be missed! Also open for lunch with a €12 menu.
Favorite Dish: I had a very agreeable oeuf cocotte fois gras starter and a sliced duck main course. I'd say however that the food in the evening is a little pricey for what it is...but can you really put a price on a cool experience?
le bistrot du 20: wine taste in good atmosphere
a very nice place in Bordeaux center
you will not imagine a so good place from outside, but as soon as you ll enter you ll be surprised by the place and the soul of this one, and as soon as you ll be on the first floor you ll enjoy the meals and wine
the name of this restaurant need some translations
le bistrot du 20
* number 20 (vingt in french)
* du vin (wine in french)
* 20 (vingt) different wine (vin) that you can "buy" in glasses
no, you are not drunky (vingt vins au verres)
pleasant place where you can speack english, spanish and french
Favorite Dish: all dishes are fine and generous
don t be afraid to ask about wine, and taste different glasses
you ll enjoy
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Fernand: taste a real french bistro
This restaurant placed on th waterfront in Bordeaux is one of the best that you can find if you want to have an authentic taste of old bistro.
First, when you get in, you discover an incredibily place, a superb old wooden decor : before being a restaurant, this place was a printing house and papershop who had been created in 1825. And this decor is full of old objects, everywhere you look, there is something to see, and to enjoy.
Then, waiters welcome you with a great attention, all is perfect.
And, to complete this nice moment, you just have to appreciate a fine regional cooking, with a very large menu : seafood, wild sea fishes, regional beef, foie gras, duck, lambkin etc...and, for the greedies, the home made desserts (my device is the "café gourmand" : a coffee served with many home made pastries).
Favorite Dish: My favorite dish at "Fernand" is the Royal Brochette : because you've got, in one plate red tuna, monk fish, prawns, scampi, scallops, and a very fine accompaniment with vegetables, mixed salad and rice. This is the perfect dish for me because it's always difficult to me to choose at restaurant, and it' a very remakable quality of food that is served.
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Terrasse St Pierre: A little pocket of calm in Bordeaux
We stumbled upon this restaurant as we strolled through the streets of Bordeaux town on a Sunday evening. The layout of the tables caught our eyes as it was prefessional, yet welcoming. Positioned at the corner of the Places St Pierre, next to the church tower which chimed once every hour, the wooden tables outside were beautifully laid with wine glasses glistening in the evening sunlight and large canvas umbrellas protected diners from the splendid overhanging tree at the front of the restaurant which gave the forecourt a peaceful atmosphere. The service was great and it was the perfect place to sit on a lazy Sunday evening and watch the world go by and enjoy the occasional busker. We stayed for 4 hours and even though the place was very busy we didn't feel rushed. We will definitely go back.
Favorite Dish: The quality of the food here speaks for itself, but they proudly announce that everything here is freshly prepared and made by the chef on the premises. I can believe it! The crumble foie gras was cooked with asparagas and was beautifully rich and delicious! The pate de foie gras was equally good and came not only with fresh toast, but with a bucket of soft fresh crusty bread. The salmon main course was delicately cooked and beautifully presented, as was the cod which was cooked in a crisy cumin coating. Our bread was replenished too. For dessert we had creme brulee praline and pave griottes...again, couldn't fault either dish on either taste or presentation. The wine list here is impressive and varied. We stuck to Bordeaux however and had two bottles of Bordeaux Superieur Chat Jonqueyres with our meal. Absolutely wonderful all round. The service was excellent and although this is not a budget restaurant, it is well worth the price you pay. The bill including wine was EUR 108 for two people.
Nomade Zone: Fresh food on wooden plates
So you don't want to sit for two hours eating a full meal? Understandable, but not very French ;o) Though for a peckish nomad like me, Nomade Zone was perfect. And had a cool name! It had a steady trade of young people while I was there, the food was quickly prepared by chatty, friendly staff. There were a long list of toasted bruschettas available with a variety of fillings for between 6 and 8 euros. And a small choice of (mainly ice cream) deserts.
What was unusual was the way the bruschettas were served - on wooden plates like chopping boards.
All in all an excellent experience. And Nomade Zone is on a street corner with big glass windows, great for watching the world go by.
Open midday to late evening.
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chez Thibeaud: seafood !!
fine seafood cuisine is a matter of course here. You will find excellent shellfih, fish dishes in a sauce, seafood paella, bouillabaise and much more... Thse acknowledge experts prepare a wide range of exquisite dishes as much a feast for the eyes as they are for the papalte. Meat lovers are not left out either and will be delighted by the french FOIE GRAS, beef, lamb and duck fillet dishes on the table d hote
Favorite Dish: SEAFOOD !!!!!
Le Vieux Chaudron: Good Food, Good Value
Le Vieux Chaudron is a central place with good food for a really good price: the 3-course menue is available for only 13 Euros! Naturally, you can't expect 5-star-cuisine for this price, but none of our group of 10 was disappointed either. Furthermore, the staff at this place is really friendly and patient, and the general atmosphere with some beautiful paintings on the walls is attractive.
Favorite Dish: I chose - of course - the 3-course formule with a mixed salad as a starter (good), an escalope à la milanaise as my main dish (good, although perhaps a little dry) and fromage blanc with red fruits as dessert (perfect).
Bistro Romain: Bistro Romain
On our visit to Bordeaux Sandra's parents were joining us for dinner and this restaurant was chosen for our meal.
The restaurant was quite nice, with large tables, good service and from what I recall, good food, but the hilight of our meal was dessert selection, which left everyone wanting more.
It's a typical chain restaurant with decent food, good prices, good atmosphere and good service.
Favorite Dish: I really can't recall what I ordered for my meal, I know I did enjoy the dessert sampler with 6 different desserts, YUM!!
Bordeaux' Oysters: More Oyster Eating in France
Bordeaux' oysters come from beds in nearby Arcachon and the French consider them superb. They are indeed tasty and as they must be, fresh. Raw oysters are best savored with only a little lemon juice dribbled on them (along with their own brackish water). This is as close as we can get to their Robinson Crusoe state, wild, right off the rocks (called in New Orleans "salty oysters"). In France thet are served with lemon, crisp rounds of rye bread, butter, minced raw onion and raspberry vinegar. These are used as combinations with or chasers after each oyster. Of course there is an accompanying beverage, in France wine (here a Red Graves). Oysters are cheaper and wilder in New Orleans, my home (like the ancient Romans, we gorge on them by the dozens and so cannot compare that taste sensation with the inhibited French one seen here; this is one time when we feel quantity beats quality). Timid Americans only enjoy raw oysters when doused in a sauce of ketchup and horseradish(8:1) and two drops of Worcestershire sauce. Warning!!: ketchup is only known in France at McDonald's and horseradish (French name raifort) is only used in Alsace. So You must eat oysters as the French do, or not at all. Because of their price the French rarely cook oysters and the Larousse Gastronomique gives them short shrift (but New Orleans Cajuns know that the original French do not know everything about cooking). In New Orleans search out the many ways to eat oysters. It will take a week of eating!
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LA BROCHETAILLE: CANARD, FOIE GRAS et MAGRET
the chief is pleasant and funny
the foods ......huuuuummmm the foods !!!
duck, "foie gras" and magret on the grill with garlick ..........it s so good
and if you have enought place, at the end, you could try the french camenber under the fire, i cannot say how it s good
BON APPETIT !!!!!
LE ROHAN: Good food and a wonderful view to the cathedral
There is a wonderful restaurant on the square next to the cathedral. Its name is "Le Rohan" and they serve local food and -of coarse - local wines.
Favorite Dish: I remember that I had a wonderful steak and it went very will with the wine from St. Julien .... All the food is great there and selection of wine is also really perfect! You will also realize how the taste of a wine can change when drinking to to cheese .... a wonderful experience!
But unfortunately it is not cheap here!
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'Pizza à Emporter': Cheap Fresh Pizzas
Maybe it is a warm summer evening, you had a very full lunch and now want something cheap and filling for an evening picnic. There is a small but busy Pizza take-away outlet at the corner of place Saint-Projet. Large pizzas are freshly cooked while you wait. While I was there several local people came from the nearby apartments to collect pizzas they had ordered.
Prices are around 6-8 euros for a very large pizza (around 40cm diameter!). Outlet open lunchtimes (till 14:30) and evenings (from around 19:00 I think).
The only disadvantages are you may have to wait 15 minutes and you have to find a very large waste-bin to dispose of the box!
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