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Bordeaux - Good eats


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Be advised that if you have a car, parking in the city of Bordeaux is very difficult. Lots of traffic, too.

St Emilion has its share of very good restuarants, though. Hostellerie de Plaisance is probably the best, with an awesome view of the rooftops of the town.

There is also Hauterive St James in Bouliac, just across the river from Bordeaux, but enough out of town to avoid parking issues.

http://www.relaischateaux.com/en/search-bo...rant/plaisance/

http://www.saintjames-bouliac.com/uk/navigation.htm

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How far is St-Emilion from Bordeaux proper? Are those everday restaurants. I have a bistro and I want to eat higher end bistros. Also I am shore renting a car is not a problem but what about a bike?

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The 2 restaurants I mentioned above are Michelin 1-star. As a mater of fact, ironically, the Conde Nast Traveller (British Edition) has an article about Bordeaux in this month's edition. Don't know if the British version is online, though. And they mentioned both restaurants.

St-Emilion is about 40 km from Bordeaux.

Edited to add:

We have a review and photos right here on Egullet of the Hostellerie de Plaisance:

http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?showtopic=82594

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Good day all,

Heading to Bordeaux next week. Have three nights for dining. No need for romantic as this is a solo trip.

Would like: regional, casual, fun, wine focused or screamingly good.

Thanks

Phil

I have never met a miserly wine lover
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In BDX itself, the fab La Tupina for traditional SW fare and the Cafe des Arts near the Opera for a good crowd and people watching. And there are some interesting 'workingmen's' cafes located near the wholesale market and abbatoir section of the city (east of the train station) specialising in offal and other traditional fare. This turns into a club area at night and can be more fun that you bargain far! Also the newly arranged river walk area along the Garonne is attracting cafe and bistros worth visiting along with the city's hip set and an easy walk from the city center hotels. enjoy!

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thank you so much kate, for your suggestions (your blog is fabulous btw!). a girlfriend of mine says that her "favourite restaurant in the ENTIRE WORLD" is in bordeaux. too bad she can't remember said favourite restaurant's name. *sigh*

clue #1: by the opera.

clue #2: only serves beef dip & fries

does this ring a bell to anyone?

:huh: apologies for my ignorance, but is beef dip/french dip even really french?

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clue #1: by the opera. 

clue #2: only serves beef dip & fries

does this ring a bell to anyone? 

silly me... found out it was actually just STEAK & FRIES and the restaurant is L'Entrecote. has anyone been? is it worth the trip?

i will be making a rezzo at La Tupina shortly, but when googl'ing Le Cape, i couldn't find any information. does anyone know of a website, address, or phone number?

thanks much!

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but when googl'ing Le Cape, i couldn't find any information.  does anyone know of a website, address, or phone number?

It's technically located in Cenon, which is the Pest to Bordeaux's Buda, but it's just a few minutes across the river. La Cape, 9 allee Morlette, 05.57.80.24.25 closed 1-21 August, Christmas holidays, Saturdays, Sunday and holidays. It just got a star so I'd reserve. It's #22 on the via Michelin map.

John Talbott

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I've just returned from a wonderful vacation in France, where we were able to visit 3 Michelin starred restaurants (Jean Bardet and Hostellerie La Briqueterie being the other two), and Hostellerie De Plaisance was our favorite of the three.

The service was impeccable, the atmosphere refined without being stuffy, and the food absolutely delicious. In addition, the dinner was by far the most affordable of the three. We chose the lightest tasting menu, which was to be 3 courses for, IIRC 55 euros (we also had the wine parings for 50), but were treated to 2 wonderful amuses, as well as an incredible selection of petit fours.

It truly was a spectacular meal. I'll be dreaming of the foie gras and wild mushroom ravioli for some time.

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i will be making a rezzo at La Tupina shortly, but when googl'ing Le Cape, i couldn't find any information.

Probably because it is La Cape.

I've been repeating that error time after time. It's also in Cenon not Bordeaux. Google La Cape Cenon and you'll get it.

John Talbott

blog John Talbott's Paris

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La Tupina should be great on the cooler days of Autumn/Winter - we were there on a baking hot Summer evening and the massive range they cook beef, duck etc on just added to the heat. On a cold day/night, I'd imagine it will enhance the warm glow from the food no end.

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La Tupina should be great on the cooler days of Autumn/Winter - we were there on a baking hot Summer evening and the massive range they cook beef, duck etc on just added to the heat. On a cold day/night, I'd imagine it will enhance the warm glow from the food no end.

We went to La Tupina when we were in the Bordeaux region a couple of weeks ago (I've written about our visit on my blog). Perhaps we were lucky, but even though we ate inside the range was in another room entirely, so apart from an impressive display as we came in the door it played no other visible role during our visit.

La Tupina doesn't do dainty: make sure you are properly hungry when you go there as portion sizes are quite large.

The restaurant has its own valeted parking: Judy wasn't sure about trusting her right-hand drive car to some unknown parking system so we went for the nearby underground car park which was fine except that we missed the correct turn out to the main road on the exit and ended up trundling through the centre of Bordeax at 11pm behind a garbage truck. Interestingly when we ordered some wine the waitress asked if we were parked in their car park: I'm not sure if we'd have been allowed it if we had been (we got the rest of the bottle stoppered at the end of the meal).

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How about a good brasserie in Bordeaux? Im there from thursday through sunday and so far I got a table at La Tupina for sunday night and I have a request for lunsj at Le Chapon Fin on friday. What do you guys know about Hauterive et rest. St-James? I see that you've all recommended La Cape, but are there other places in the town center that are good? Im on crutches and we dont have a car, so Id like to stay in the city if I can. But of course, if the food is a lot better on the other side of the fence...

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