Lying in the South West of France in the world’s most highly revered wine-growing region, Bordeaux features on the world’s best wine lists. Steeped in history and culture, local cuisine ranges from foie gras and truffles to ripened cheese and Atlantic seafood.
Bordeaux is a sheer haven for food and wine lovers, so we have selected ten of the best cultural restaurants in this epicurean city.
As the name suggests, Septième Péché, or ‘Seventh Sin, is an invitation to indulge. Once behind the red curtain of this sparsely decorated yet intimate restaurant, get ready to savour a menu of natural products transformed into audacious works of art by German-born chef Jan Schwitalla. Awarded a Michelin star in 2011 at the young age of 29, one of Schwitalla’s signature dishes, Oeuf Ozen, consists of an egg cooked at 64° served with truffle and water cress coulis and a vélouté of artichoke. His re-visited black forest gateau is far from traditional, and expect to find potatoes among the appetizers that resemble stones thanks to a thin film of culinary clay. No wonder the Septième Péché is just a stone’s throw from Bordeaux’s museum of contemporary art!
Septième Péché, 65 Cours de Verdun, Bordeaux, France, +33 5 56 06 42 16
Le Bistro du Musée
Ideally located opposite Bordeaux’s cathedral, the terrace of Le Bistro du Musée offers the best view of this magnificent edifice and its neighbouring city hall. Inside, stone walls bearing vineyard tools and quotes about wine by French writers steal the show. The menu promises the best of the south west, ranging from sweetbread in a sweet white wine from the Pyrenees with the unpronounceable name of pacheren de vic bilh, to slow roasted lamb shank with preserved lemons or whole duck comprising grilled breast, confit wings and fried liver. The establishment proposes a selection of 50 Bordeaux wines.
Le Bistro du Musée, 37 Place Pey Berland, Bordeaux, France, +33 5 56 52 99 69