Bordeaux's restaurants: A new dawn
Is Bordeaux a stronghold of conservative gastronomy? Certainly not! In recent years, this outdated perception has been completely swept away. Thankfully, a new generation of chefs established themselves in the city, and are blowing a creative wind on the art of good food. Refined and audacious, their cuisine shakes up culinary codes and intend to propel Bordeaux’s cuisine to the level of its wine!
In two decades, L’Oiseau Bleu has become one of Bordeaux’s most coveted restaurants on the right bank. Renowned for its art of revisiting the classics of French gastronomy, L’Oiseau Bleu welcomes you in its neo-baroque setting for lunch or dinner. Young chef François Sauvêtre (formerly sous-chef of Les Sources de Caudalie in Martillac) recently joined the kitchens of this 20-year old restaurant run by Frédéric and Sophie Lafon. And what a success! At the opposite end of ostentatious culinary demonstrations, the restaurant’s refined and flavoursome approach caught the eye of the prestigious Michelin Guide, which rewarded it with a first star earlier this year.
Lunch menu: from €26
In the evening: €46-€72.
- 127, avenue Thiers, Bordeaux
- +33 (0)5 56 81 09 39
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Only a few steps away from the Saint-Michel Basilica: this where young chef Roman Winicki chose to establish his bistro. Modest in size, this bright, glass-walled restaurant offers cosmopolitan dishes served on the slate. The chef’s culinary creations skillfully blend local with Asian and Eastern influences. Several dishes, such as the delicious gyozas - Japanese style ravioli - stuffed with homemade pastrami, are particularly prized by his guests.
À la carte: starter/dessert: from €4 to €8 / Dish: from €14 to €18 in general.
- 48, rue des Faures, Bordeaux
- +33 (0)9 86 42 45 45
Since its opening in 2013, the craze for this trendy restaurant has not wavered. Graduates of the prestigious Ferrandi school, the trio of chefs create breathtaking dishes that fuse original flavours, inspired by their respective origins. Ayako Ota is Japanese, Gil Elad is Israeli, and Arnaud Lahaut is Franco-Vietnamese. Nestled in a small street in the Saint-Pierre district, their restaurant has no menu. The chefs’ only concern is to know your food intolerances. For the rest, their ultimate aim is to surprise you with their elaborate creations concocted behind the counter.
Lunch menu: €29.
Evening menu, five courses: €55
For a perfect match, don’t hesitate to take the food and wine pairing (four glasses: 25 €).
- 33, rue du Cancera, Bordeaux
- + 33 (0)5 56 81 18 24
You might have trouble getting a table at this Michelin-starred, hybrid venue, at the crossroads between a cellar and restaurant. Two days a week, in the evening only, Garopapilles welcomes its guests (around twenty) in a warm and intimate setting. In the kitchen, chef Tanguy Laviale concocts a unique surprise menu, elaborated according to the seasons. Indulge in this creative and contemporary culinary experience which takes on an exquisite dimension with its accompanying wine pairing. Carefully assembled by the sommelier from among 500 wines, the wine pairings pay homage to the finest wine-growing regions in France and abroad.
Lunch from Tuesday to Friday, from 12:15 to 2:00 pm. Menu: €39-€65.
Dinner Thursday and Friday evenings, from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Menu: €95.
- 62, rue Abbé de l'épée, Bordeaux.
- +33 (0)9 72 45 55 36
Set in the heart of the old town, this French-Japanese restaurant is headed by Akashi Kanedo, a young Japanese chef who has fallen in love with the richness of French gastronomy. His carefully crafted cuisine combines flavours and textures with rigorous technique. We recommend, for example, the semi-cooked swordfish with caramelized fennel, sorrel sauce, and shrimp tapioca chips, crispy sweetbreads, or on the sweeter side, the chocolate-glazed banana Gianduja "Canelé".
Lunch Menu: € 19-24.
Evening menu: À la carte. Tasting menu: 68 €.
- 45, rue du Loup, Bordeaux
- +33 (0)5 57 99 95 09