I might have bad weather and cold winter when I visited Bordeaux during NYE. But, I could never forget how I was happy with the food I had there. I even wish that Bordeaux is just next door, so I could go back there anytime I want.
Here is the two best address for food that you definitely need to go if you’re in Bordeaux.
Les Halles de Bacalan
I accidentally visit this place while I was on my way to visit the city of wine (la cité du vin) – one of tourist attractions in Bordeaux that located outside the city center.
Les halles de Bacalan is Bordeaux food market that located just in front of this modern building “la cité du vin“.
You have two entries, front door to enjoy tranquility eating at the brasseries and left back door to get into the food market.
Well, I chose the back door that took me to the food market. I remembered, my eyes were sparkling, this food market is a food heaven. The idea is like fresh market, but instead of selling the veggies, beef, fish, seafood and other groceries – they also have an open kitchen to offer us meal from the fresh markets. You have lots of choices of meals, appetizers, home-made fast food, even cheese and wines.
I’ve turned around and round, I didn’t know which one I should try. Finally, I made up my mind and stop to the traiteur du monde “Black Duck”. The black burger bun was really attractive. It was busy at noon, so I needed to wait for 5-10 minutes until a family had finished their lunch and I finally got my table. Was it worth to wait? Oh yes! I had no regret at all, it was one of the best burger I’ve ever tasted in my life.
10 Esplanade de Pontac – 33300 Bordeaux
- Tue – Wed: 8am-2.30pm and 4.30 pm – 8.30pm
- Thu – Fri: 8am-2.30pm and 4.30 pm – 10.30pm
- Sat: 8am – 10.30pm
- Sun : 8am – 5pm
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Le bar du Boucher
Located in the center of Bordeaux, this steakhouse offer you a non-stop service everyday. The story began when I went out to get lunch after 2 pm, which is considered late to have lunch in France as the lunch service is normally started from 12 pm to 3pm. Firstly, I went to the Bistro Gordon Ramsay but unfortunately they didn’t accept anymore customers at that time. I went around to other restaurant and it was also the same. After walking for half an hour, I finally found this restaurant which actually offer a service continue (in French means service open all day). I did not think much, I just went in and ask for a table.
The restaurant itself is really charming, the interior was covered with the old stones built during the 18th century. The ambiance was really friendly and homey. If you come to eat alone, believe me, you won’t feel alone. The table sets are very unique. Instead of putting classic tables, they put long wooden table with big wooden benches. My table was at the back near the wine cellar with another two couples whom already sat there.
Unlike other restaurant, this steakhouse will give you the freedom to choose your own meat-cut at the butcher bar located in the middle of the restaurant. The butcher will invite you to come and suggest what kind of meat do you like to eat and how you want it to be cooked.
I chose T-bone steak as you hardly find this kind of meat cut in French restaurants. T-bone cut is where you have the bone between the sirloin and rib eye. It tasted really amazing.
5 Rue Parlement Sainte-Catherine, 33000 Bordeaux
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