The Michelin Stars and their galaxy

Love it or hate it, the gastronomic world holds its breath each February with the publication of the feather ruffling red bible that is the latest Michelin Guide. Restaurants are judged on 5 criteria: quality of the ingredients, creativity, cooking technique and flavour combination, value for money, consistent standards. Here in Bordeaux and across the South West, we’ve had our share of winners and losers, surprise omissions and delighted entrants.

Discover our selection of Michelin restaurants in Bordeaux

Bordeaux is very often known for its gastronomy and for its numerous restaurants. The Bordeaux region is full of starred restaurants that delight locals and travelers alike. Among the best known, Gordon Ramsey's famous restaurant, Le Pressoir d'Argent, invites you in a sumptuous setting offering local dishes from the region. If you prefer a more refined and innovative cuisine, Le Chapon Fin is the ideal place to spend a pleasant moment. Its rock decoration, a listed historical monument and its seasonal dishes will travel your taste buds throughout the meal. By visiting Bordeaux, you are sure to have a wide choice of restaurants classified in the Michelin guide.

A BUZZ IN BORDEAUX

Le Pressoir d’argent at the Intercontinental’s Grand Hôtel

A famous, recent entry both to the Bordeaux foodie scene and the 2016 Michelin guide is British chef Gordon Ramsay. Mr Ramsay is best known to the public for his television show “Hell’s Kitchen (“Cauchemar en cuisine” in French). The celebrity chef’s new Bordeaux restaurant, Le Pressoir d’argent at the Intercontinental’s Grand Hôtel, has not disappointed - gaining a first Michelin star in the 2016 guide, and tipped to gain a second next year.

The restaurant is named after the extremely rare silver lobster press in the dining room and the menu stars local lobster cooked in hay in the press, with butternut squash, Bordelais bisque and Périgord truffles.

Grand hôtel  

Les Belles Perdrix at Chateau Troplong-Mondot in Saint Emilion

Another regional winner this year is Les Belles Perdrix at Chateau Troplong-Mondot in Saint Emilion. Unlike other restaurants in the region which owe a good part of their status to the famous names behind the venture, Les Belles Perdrix has quietly gained an excellent reputation with very little médiatisation ; The restaurant, located in a Saint-Emilion château, earned one Michelin star this year. The chef, David Charrier, was co author at a 2* restaurant in Carantec before moving to Saint Emilion three years ago.

His gastronomic cuisine is based on local produce, much of which comes from the chateau itself, as does the wine (of course); the menus change with the seasonal produce. “Set in the vineyards, with a beautiful terrace overlooking the hillside, this white stone restaurant is actually an housed within the château of a premier grand cru classé Saint-Émilion. At the helm is a highly skilled chef, who offers an artful new take on local gastronomy — food that is perfectly suited to the wines from the estate”, describes the guide about the restaurant.

Château Troplong Mondot  

THE OVERLOOKED

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.

AT THE TOP

The region does have its fair share of Michelin restaurants including Last year’s 2* winner Nicolas Masse’s la Grand’ Vigne at Les Sources de Caudalie in Martillac.

Regional 2* restaurants include Château Cordeillan-Bages at Paulliac where the chef Jean-Luc Rocha is known for his creative twist and elegant harmonies.

You must also climb “Cenon hill” to discover Nicolas Magie cooking at Le Saint James. Located on the main place Bouliac village, this 1* Michelin star restaurant offers a stunning view on Bordeaux and the food is excellent. Same thing at Le Prince Noir were Vivien Durand offers a stunning and joyfull experience.

In their city-center a star stills shinning at Le Pavillon des boulevards

ADRESSES

A single star denotes a very good restaurant, 2* signify excellent cuisine worth a detour, 3* signify exceptional cooking worth a special trip.

◆ Le Pressoir d'Argent *

2 place de la Comédie,

33000 Bordeaux

+33 (0)5 57 30 43 04

◆ Les Belles Perdrix *

Château Troplong Mondot

33330 Saint-Emilion

+33 (0)5 57 55 32 05 

◆ L’Etoile de Mer

22 rue du Parlement

Ste Catherine

33000 Bordeaux

+33 (0)5 56 79 78 98

◆  Le Chapon Fin

5 rue Montesquieu

33000 Bordeaux

+33 (0)5 56 79 10 10

Garopapilles

62 rue Abbé de l’Epée

33000 Bordeaux

+33 (0)9 72 45 55 36

Miles

33 rue du Cancera

33000 Bordeaux

+33 (0)5 56 81 18 24

La Grand’Vigne **

Smith Haut-Lafitte

33650 Martillac

+33 (0)5 57 83 83 83

◆ Château Cordeillan-Bages **

Route des Châteaux

Pauillac

+33 (0)5 56 59 24 24

Quatrième mur

2 place de la Comédie

33000 Bordeaux

+33 (0)5 56 02 49 70

Le Pavillon des Boulevards *

120 rue de la croix de Seguey

33000 Bordeaux

+33 (0)5 56 81 51 02

◆ Le Prince Noir *

1 rue du Prince Noir

33310 Lormont

+33 (0)5 56 06 12 52