Today I finally got around to visiting an establishment I’ve been meaning to visit for almost 2 years now, a restaurant with a great reputation – Le Chapon Fin. It is very easy to find from the Quais road along the Garonne, right next to place du grand Homme. On arriving we were in a little hurry, so only had 2 minutes to check the menu, as we expected it was at the high end of most peoples budget, but we chose to dine at lunch time, so our fixed price menu (highly recommended) was only 32 euros a head. Evening meals are more expensive with 2 menus – 55 euros,and 80 euros and around 90 euros a la carte. Walking in through the doors one would not expect what is at the end of the corridor, a roman market style structure, lavishly decorated, along with what one could best describe as a cave like rockery covering one third of the walls. The only thing that was more of a pleasant surprise was the meal, so often is the case when a restaurant is built up (as it was in this case for two years!!) the whole package is a let down – not today!!!
Nicolas Frion greeted us with two very nice amouse bouches, whilst perusing the wine list I realised there was something for everyone, bien sur Lynch Bages and the likes, but also some lower end wines, along with nice quality half bottles, which we chose from Chateau De France – Pessac Leognan 2004.
Without going into too much detail the food was definatly of Michelin one star standards, at the same time to kill a michelin myth I came away feeling full!! I would definatly recomend a visit for lunch one day if you visit Bordeaux during your stay at Chateau Lagorce. One thing to note, whilst I was chatting to the manager he told me that groups of more than 15 would be on seperate tables (close to each other) and also a large booking would need to be booked in advance and meal chosen in advance, this may seem a little strange to some people, but I completely understand the reasons behind this, and would say it doesn’t make any difference – you will love the experiance all the same.
All in all I would give the following ratings out of 10:-
Ambiance : 9
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