This lunch has been in the making for a while. On our last trip to Bordeaux Victoria chose Mexican food( a fairly safe bet for Celiacs), and this weekend I finally was able to pick this Brasserie for lunch. It's been in my list for a good six month now.
When you walk by the place with the red awnings and all the wines along the walls, it's a very inviting look. And their reviews seem very good as well.
Though I emailed them about a gluten free meal and they acknowledged the possibility of it, the staff was a bit shaky when I brought it up during ordering. "Normally it should be", as an answer did not sound as confident as one would want them to be, so Victoria opted out of a full meal and was happy to eat half my fries.
Gluten issues aside, La Brasserie Bordelaise is a great place to eat. Not only was my steak the best so far inside France and it was served medium rare as ordered. Only on my way to the restroom did I see the explanation for a good piece of beef. They age their beef in house to ensure good quality.
While waiting for the food, we watched some of the other diners' plates go by and there were some great looking dishes to be had.
One of the tables in my view had a Foie Gras Bocal appetizer which I would have ordered to share, but without any bread, no dice. Not sure how they would react to a "bring your own bread" request, but it's an option. My direct dining neighbor at the bar chopped away at a giant Andouillette aptly named "Gargantua". I should have taken a picture.
Desserts were fine, a nice choice of sorbets, fresh fruits and of course Creme Brulee.
Being in Bordeaux, no wine selection at a restaurant should be a surprise, but this place offers 400 different wines, many by the glass. Bottles, racks, cases all displayed throughout the restaurant, with one section of wine under glass on the floor. Great concept. When in Bordeaux, check it out. Especially if you enjoy wines.
RUE ST. REMI
WE HAD LUNCH AT THE BAR
A FEW COMMUNAL TABLES IN THE FRONT
OBVIOUSLY THE CRUDITES ARE GLUTEN FREE
WINES, CHAMPAGNES, COGNACS AND ARMANACS
ISABELLA AT THE BAR
SO FAR, MY BEST STEAK IN FRANCE
YOUR OWN DINING CAVE
THE PLACES JUST GOES ON AND ON
LUNCH SIZE STEAK (OR BREAKFAST SIZE IN COLORADO)
HOUSE MADE MAYO FOR THE VERY GOOD FRIES
THE OBVIOUS CHOICE FOR CELIACS, CREME BRULEE
BRING YOUR OWN (GF) BREAD. THE FOIE GRAS LOOKS AMAZING