If you can’t decide whether to go to an upscale gastronomical restaurant or opt for more casual bistro fare, Bordeaux offers these choices in the same restaurant. They call it Gastro-Bistro. Sometimes Gastro-Bistro is in two separate areas of the same restaurant, such as upstairs-downstairs; sometimes it is in the same space. Either way, two menu options are available. Two different prices,too. It’s convenient and offers you the opportunity to change your mind.
For our first meal in Bordeaux we decided to go to “La Belle Epoque”, a gastro-bistro with a large terrace on the boulevard along the Garonne river. The turquoise ceramique-tiled walls and ceiling are classified World Heritage by UNESCO.
Whether you choose the “Gastro” or the “Bistro” , menu, the , choice is for 2 services: either entree and main course or main course and dessert. We both had magret de canard with cherry sauce for the main course, accompanied by a Bordeaux,of course, Pessac-Leognan,Chateau Coquillas, 2007. For dessert, my husband had a baba au rhum with caramelized peaches. I get no merit for staying away from dessert. My only motivation was the starter: a cold seashell soup with a herb mousseline, bread twist and mini tomato. It was absolutely wonderful. Here is a picture of the soup:
It is rare for me to prefer soup to dessert but this is one of those times. Consider this a great recommendation.
P.S. We have discovered that room service meals at our hotel come from La Belle Epoque. Nice! I’m in my pj’s and waiting.