So the Spring Brocante market is on in Bordeaux. Right there downtown at Place des Quinconces, a great public space to hold events.
We walked the Brocante all morning and clients deserve lunch. A good one. Not French Fries or Churros that were sold at the antique fair.
We did spot a great looking Bistro/Brasserie with outdoor seating when we arrived and decided for it to enjoy a nice french lunch.
By the time we arrived at 12.45, the place was packed and we had to content with a table on the first floor, which in hindsight was not all bad, as it was completely empty besides our table.
My clients who came to see me in France, hail from China and it seems that outside their home country they are somewhat out of of their comfort zone when it comes to dining.
When in China, tables are usually full of fine foods they choose for guest and themselves alike, whereas here? Salad please. Salad? How about Duck? No? But you feed me that Peking Duck every time I visit you. Why not try my versIon of duck. Breast only. No pancakes with it.
Steak maybe? Ah, you prefer it shredded and spicy, I see.
OK. Salad it is then. Two days in a row.....
The salads were very large, covered with Jambon (they did not eat it), salmon (yes, it's fish, they ate it). Goat cheese on toast (What is Goat cheese? So strong smell, sorry, cannnot eat). I am just glad they ate something.
My duck breast with a side of roasted potatos was very good, but the winner of the day was once more the Cafe Gourmand, a french invention of upselling coffee.
You basically get an Espresso with a a variety of finger hut sized desserts.
At 7.00 Euros, it's a great revenue stream at the end of meals, instead of the usual espresso for 1.30.
The platter would be a great way to share your dessert as well, except if you dine out with guest from China. They have to watch their figure. But would love to try the "pudding" until they find out it's Creme Brulee.. oh no cannot eat Cream. Good for me.
I had a verrine of Raspberry Mousse, a Moelle, Creme Brulee and that other thing, a tiny little Cannelle.
Another good meal in Bordeaux. That city is growing on me...
RIGHT ACROSS THE PARK
PACKED AT LUNCH. MUST BE GOOD
DO PEOPLE REALLY ORDER 110 EURO WINES FOR LUNCH?
SIMPLE IS GOOD
PLAT DU JOUR
A LA CARTE
HEAVY ON BORDEAUX WINES
DUCK BREAST WITH ROASTED POTATOS