Archive for May, 2010

After many years down town Bordeaux (yes there is a town down Bordeaux!) at Le Scopitone local chef Le Pascal Cholet has recently taken over the kitchens of Avenue Carnot. In the chic Caudernan suberbs of Bordeaux, close to the the edge of the Parc Bordelais you can sit and watch all the local office workers jog by on the their lunch time circuit of the park. If you prefer lunch to excercise you’re in luck Avenue Carnot has a great lunchtime offer of a 3 course menu at 18 euros and hence a busy crowd of mainly busmen – no ladies that lunch as the shops are too far away – sigh!
A la carte and a gourmet menu make the terrace a sophisticated dinning option in the covered courtyard now the weather is finally warming up.

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In this years crop 2 of the 4 new stars awarded by Michelin in and around Bordeaux are in Pessac Leognan. La Grand Vigne at les Sources de Caudalie and la Table de Montesquieu both won their awarded their first star this year.
Could this be the start of something new – close enough to Bordeaux city for the locals but in the heart of the vines for visitors – perfect.
Les Sources de Caudalie needs no introduction, the hotel and Spa must be everyone‘s list by now. However La Table de Montesquieu needs a little more finding. In the centre of the village of Labrede in the old school house the ultra modern décor is reflected the very innovative take on local produce. See the original ‘duck architecture’ below.

Highly influenced by Asian cuisine, impressively presented, the menu works perfectly with wines from Pessac Leognan but also those famous sweet wines from down the road. The excellent and bilingual service and a very eclectic wine list with a good selection by the glass (of not only Bordeaux we drank both Corsican and Rhone whites by the glass before the house Graves)
Not cheap at over € 50 a head for lunch with wine and coffee but worth every penny – a hidden treasure.

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