to a case of BORDEAUX!
For our special Bordeaux issue, we’ve
put together a selection of 12 restaurants,
regional dishes and wines under $10.
Located on lovely Place Camille Julian, this bistro has only
been open for five years but is already a local institution.
Owner Stéphan Soutre spent seven years as sommelier at La Chamade,
a well-known restaurant in Vieux Bordeaux, so he has naturally
given a lot of attention to the wine list: "It’s exhaustive,"
he says, "and not just where Bordeaux are concerned." The chefs,
for their part, make ample use of regional products for their
down-home cooking—calf’s head, top-quality oysters, steak tartare,
pot au feu, seven-hour lamb and a poisson du jour. Traditional
as such dishes might sound, they are prepared with no butter,
only olive oil. Well-balanced, the menus are also reasonably
priced at 10, 16 and 20 euros for lunch and 20 euros for dinner.
46 rue du Pas-Saint-Georges 33000 Bordeaux. Tel. 33/5-56-01-21-21.
—Léon Mazzella, author and editor of GaultMillau
Jean-Pierre Xiradakis, renowned chef
and proprietor of La
Tupina restaurant in Bordeaux and author of several wine
Back in the old days, people living in the countryside let nothing
go to waste—not even stale bread. Croutons were used for stuffing
poultry, thin slices for soup and the rest was cut up for that
treat kids go wild for, pains perdus (literally "lost
bread" that has been salvaged).
All it takes is some beaten eggs, a little milk, a splash of
vanilla and a few drops of orange blossom water. Soak the slices
of bread—real French bread—in the egg mixture for a few minutes
and then brown them in butter. When they’re ready, sprinkle
them generously with sugar. Though eaten for breakfast in America,
pains perdus make a tasty and inexpensive dessert.
WINE UNDER $10
Ready for drinking now, this blend of Tannat, Cabernet Sauvignon
and Cabernet Franc comes from a vineyard near the town of
Tarbes, at the foot of the Pyrenees. It has a pretty color,
a good, complex nose with notes of truffles and underbrush,
and a well-balanced flavor.
For information on where to purchase Château Peyros 1996
in the United States, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (212) 924-1414.