GAROPAPILLES

Bordeaux, June 2018 – One of the hardest tables to reserve in Bordeaux was the recently minted 1 Michelin star Garopapilles, led by Chef Tanguy Laviale and co-owner, Gael (Chef de Cave, sommelier). Mr. King and I considered this our best meal during our last visit to Bordeaux.

We selected the degustation menu that comprised of 5 courses (Eur60++). The restaurant also offers a menu du jour (lunch menu) at Eur35++. The more extensive menu allowed us to savour a broader variety of dishes, especially since we ordered a nice bottle of red wine.

Amuse bouche – smoked lard emulsion. Lots of texture with from crunchy cereals folded within.

Spinach dumpling, shimeji mushrooms, garlic emulsion.

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Carpaccio of St. Pierre, little peas, caviar and lemon emulsion.

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Lobster, mushrooms, coconut juice – This was the most memorable dish. Lobster was cooked just right, a little raw in the center, and the lobster juice with coconut cream was absolutely amazing.

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Lamb, white asparagus, Japanese celeriac, mushrooms – The lamb was so tender that we almost couldn’t tell it was lamb. Chef Tanguy used a very special cut of lamb, neither loin or chops.

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Religieuse dessert – sesame coated, chocolate crunchies, almond ice cream with grapefruit.

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The intimate 20-seater is casual, and the service staff was friendly. A real gem hidden in the small streets behind busy Rue Judaique, off Place Gambetta !

Garopapilles -62 Rue Abbé de l’Épée, 33000 Bordeaux, France.  www.garopapilles.com

All photos were taken by Mrs. King.

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