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Bordeaux Dining Guide

Having spent a few days in Bordeaux, the trio are proud to present you the following quick guide to dining in Bordeaux.

For a mid-range priced dining option, Le Gabriel offered a chance to dress up and act fancy

For a mid-range priced dining option, Le Gabriel offered a chance to dress up and act fancy

Entrée, plat et dessert came to 29,90 euros per person (filet mignon on a purée of rose beans)

Entrée, plat et dessert came to 29,90 euros per person (filet mignon on a purée of rose beans)

Reservations are required (breaded salmon with a purée of celery root)

Reservations are required (breaded salmon with a purée of celery root)

Verdict: 7/10; the fish dishes were too salty (prawn and heart of palm salad with cocktail sauce)

Verdict: 7/10; the fish dishes were too salty (prawn and heart of palm salad with cocktail sauce)

On a Sunday night, when most decent places are shut and you're hungry, there's Le Sept

On a Sunday night, when most decent places are shut and you’re hungry, there’s Le Sept

Sonic the Hedgehog and the Ninja Turtle calls it Dinner in a Dungeon. The underground restaurant sits 30, and reservations are required

Sonic the Hedgehog and the Ninja Turtle calls it Dinner in a Dungeon. The underground restaurant sits 30, and reservations are required

Some places are deceptive (grilled camembert and honey in filo pastry)

Some places are deceptive (grilled camembert and honey in filo pastry)

It looks rough around the edges and almost slightly questionable (salmon sashimi with fresh herbs and olive oil)

It looks rough around the edges and almost slightly questionable (salmon sashimi with fresh herbs and olive oil)

You start wondering if there hasn't been a mistake after all... perhaps those online reviews were lying? (Lamb gigot with creamed capsicum)

You start wondering if there hasn’t been a mistake after all… perhaps those online reviews were lying? (lamb gigot with creamed capsicum)

But one taste of the food and you're convinced it is the best dish you've had all week/month/year/life (farm-style roast duck)

But one taste of the food and you’re convinced it is the best dish you’ve had all week/month/year/life (farm-style roast duck)

Le Sept charged 28 euros for entrée, plat et dessert (lemon cheesecake with a coulis of red fruits)

Le Sept charged 28 euros for entrée, plat et dessert (lemon cheesecake with a coulis of red fruits)

Verdict: 9.5/10 Its presentation was humble, but the food was out of the world (chocolate supreme cake)

Verdict: 9.5/10 Its presentation was humble, but the food was out of the world (chocolate supreme cake)

Empanadas at Tortill'Art in the Marché des Capucins

Empanadas at Tortill’Art in the Marché des Capucins

Oysters at Arcachon are a must... that place has hundreds of oyster farms

Oysters at Arcachon are a must… that place has hundreds of oyster farms

Served with a bottle of white, of course. They ordered a Sylvaner from Alsace.

Served with a bottle of white, of course. They ordered a Sylvaner from Alsace.

The French say that the season for oysters is any month with the letter R (September-April); at the moment the oysters are "milky", meaning they contain sperm. To get around this, one simply has to ask for "non-milky" oysters.

The French say that the season for oysters is any month with the letter R (September-April); at the moment the oysters are “milky”, meaning they contain sperm. To get around this, one simply has to ask for “non-milky” oysters.

The best burgers in France are born in a restaurant called La Table 38 in the village of Saint-Emilion

The best burgers in France are born in a restaurant called La Table 38 in the village of Saint-Emilion

They also do a wonderful salmon tartare with salad as a plat du jour for 9 euros. Verdict: 8/10

They also do a wonderful salmon tartare with salad as a plat du jour for 9 euros. Verdict: 8/10

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    • Thanks for the recommendation; in our experience, a good Japanese restaurant at a reasonable price is quite challenging to find in France. And cheers for the compliment – half the time we attack the food before remembering to take a photo, so this was our demonstration of great self-restraint. =D

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