For our final trip the Ferrandi course we were taken to Bordeaux the capital of wine! Trip lasted three days which is a fair amount of time to go around the rural and country and find local produce and farms with the knowledge of our chefs. But! After all, we are cuisine students, and for me the cuisine comes first. This is why this post is dedicated for the fives meals we had out and all the rest of the trip points of interest will have a separate post dedicated.
First day’s lunch in Septieme Péché one Michelin star restaurant.
I liked this dish, it was a play of hot and cold, cooked and raw and the bouillon was the best part of the meal. Very nice to dip the bread into.
I liked this dish as well though some people thought it was too raw and served too cold. Yes, it had to be better seared before serving but I love pigeon and the accompanies were tasty and interesting, all kinds of vegetables cooked several ways.
The dessert was okay but not a Michelin star dessert. The biscuit was dry and boring, the mousse which was pretty fluffy and had nice texture was wrapped inside this jelly chocolate ball which was not pleasant. Sorbet for me was okay but Andreea found it “Horrible!”
For the dinner we had the best meal of the trip, Restaurant La Cape, just outside of the city. Also a one star Michelin. It was a true pleasure for practically everyone, all were satisfied and enjoyed themselves. It’s a kind of a “Espuma-Restaurant”, every dish is served and presented, then the waiter comes with a sauce, an espuma or a jus and pour/spray it on the plate.
The second day’s lunch was held outside, like a picnic for some very optimistic reason. Unfourtunatley it was pretty windy and cold sitting outside. Good thing we started with a soup the chefs made for us. I think it was pumpkin but I’m not sure because I was on a hunt for a toilette while they explained.
Chef Christophe Girardot joined us throughout this whole day and on lunch time we understood the surprise. We (the guys) were carrying these oysters boxes the whole day and a box of wine. We sat outside and chef opened one of the boxes and it turned out to be our lunch boxes! Filled with chef’s creations especially for us.
For dessert we had riz au lait (which had cream and not milk for sure!) with some lemon zest. I was so full I didn’t open it there but kept it for later that afternoon in the bus. Was worth it!
For dinner the second night we had reservations at Solena In Bordeaux. They didn’t give us any written menu so I’m not sure what we had exactly.
Last day we got to eat lunch together. We went to a traditional rural restaurant called: Le Lion d’Or.
For dessert we were watching the whole time other tables getting the house specialty – Crêpe Suzette. A must classic dessert with the whole flambé in front of the customer of the grand mariner and everything so I was looking forward to trying this great classic in a traditional French restaurant. But instead we got that:
Looking at this restaurant day’s menu hand-written outside the door, I can’t find any of the dishes that we got and I guess they made this meal especially for us. Could be the dishes they found easier to cook for a big group but it wasn’t anything special at all. I would expect the opposite to happen, knowing our chefs and knowing we are cuisine students, making a better meal than what a regular customer would get. I wish the trip had a more impressive ending because this place was not better than any randomly entered bistro in Paris. Some other meals had the highlights in this trip.