One of the big questions on many Bordelais lips is why so many seemingly excellent restaurants have been overlooked.
There are those that do not qualify (yet) as they have not been opened long enough, such as Michelin starred chef Stéphane Carrade's sublime ‘L’étoile de Mer’, but there are other talents that are notable in their absence in the guide, such as Nicolas Nguyen at Le Chapon Fin (one of the first restaurants to hold 3 Michelin stars), Tanguy Laviale’s excellent Garopapilles or the highly praised bright young chefs at Miles, forerunners in the Bordeaux bistro brat pack.
Borned in Bordeaux, Philippe Etchebest come back a few months ago with his new concept: “Le quatrième mur”. He’s one of the most mediatic cooker in France with the French version of “Hell’s kitchen”. Former 2* in Saint-Emilion, he says this race star doesn’t interest him anymore. For how long?
If there was any doubt, the Michelin 2016 confirms Bordeaux’s place on the foodie map of France. The Michelin stars are the tip of the gastronomic iceberg, from 3* to a tiny Bib bistro, it’s all here. Roll on Michelin 2017. Here we come.