Thursday, April 26, 2012

AU BISTROT DES QUINCONCES



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

CLASSIC LOOK

LOOKS INVITING

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

GIANT SALAD

DUCK BREAST WITH ROASTED POTATOS

EXCELLENT DESSERTS

3 comments:

kazzy said...

That salad looks AMAZING. So glad France is treating you right.

Ken Broadhurst said...

Why do those people come to France? Do they drink wine?

H.Peter said...

Though my guests did not drink any wine at all, I do know that it is an ever growing market inside China.