Category: Restaurant, Brasserie
Cuisine: French, Typical Brasserie Dishes
Price Range on Average: EUR 35.00 (per head for a 3 course meal excluding drinks)
Ambiance: Traditional, Rustic French
Address: 12 Allée de Tourny, 33000 Bordeaux, France
Tel: +33 5 56 81 94 45
Website: Currently Not Available
Last Visited: 2013 for dinner
This beautiful Parisian style brasserie has been serving typical French brasserie dishes such as steak and pomme frites and sole beurre noisette since the 1932. This restaurant is centrally located at the Allées de Tourny just a few steps away from the Grand Theatre. This is not the restaurant to go to for a haute cuisine gastronomic experience, but a place instead to enjoy a casual dinner with friends and reminisce the old times. This is certainly one of the places to go to when in Bordeaux just like La Tupina, not because it is the best but because it has been around for decades.
The atmosphere and dining experience will take you back to 1930s, it has a lovely covered terrace with tables and wooden chairs set up by the side street overlooking the Tourny alley square, full of smoking locals who’ve just finished work. The main restaurant is decorated in traditional dark wooden panelled walls and red velour booths, with waiters in traditional black and white outfits and black long aprons running around across the room as they navigate all the tables of hungry guests of both regular locals and tourists.
The atmosphere is busy and noisy, so if you want a quiet romantic candle light dinner this is not the place for you. Expect the waiters to be running around you throughout the whole evening, at one point our waiter tripped and accidentally dropped an ice cream on a guest’s jacket, I must say that it was an accident and he was very apologetic still something I should mention for those readers who are particular about service and expect superb service. As someone who is in love with food and adventures for me this is just another exciting new experience to try, so the running around doesn’t really bother me. I was simply happy to have tried another restaurant that has been serving food for decades. The food is not much to write about, I can see why this restaurant appeals to locals and tourists as they serve, if not all, certainly most of the traditional brasserie dishes you would expect without all the fuss and fusion type dishes you find in some of the new trendy restaurants.
This is a place that serves plain, simple, classic French brasserie dishes in massive portions. The price is little bit more expensive than I would expect for the quality of food and service they provide. But then as an institution that has been around since 1932, a restaurant well located at the centre of Bordeaux I guess they can charge the prices they do.
For the main course I tried their steak which was cooked perfectly, the French beans that came with it was however over cooked and under seasoned. For dessert, the waiters come to each table to show the day’s patisserie and ice cream samples, guest can then pick their choice from the plate of desserts or order from the menu which has the classic desserts you’d typically find in French brasseries such as crème caramel. They have a wine list that suits every budget.
Overall the food is average, it wasn’t bad but it wasn’t great. If you fancy a night out with friends, in a busy restaurant full of atmosphere then I would recommend this place for sure.