For many years I’ve heard of this restaurant but never had the occasion to eat there. So I decided to change this and give them a call to reserve.
La Tupina is one of the most well-known in the city where French presidents have eaten, the mayor Alain Juppé often eats here and the famous chef Rick Stein (lives in my home region of Cornwall) recommends it.
The restaurant is tucked away on a small street behind one of the four city doors of Bordeaux “Porte de la Monnaie”. When you walk inside it’s like you’ve walked into a time machine. The restaurant is decorated as an old bistro, grandmothers, and hunter’s kitchen style. You can’t miss the imposing fireplace where the meat is cooked and a beautiful selection of herbs, meats and veg are presented.
I’d recommend you reserve as it was rather busy when I went.
After being seated by very welcoming waiters, a plate of radishes, cauliflower and paté was served. I decided to go with the fixed menu at 74€ starter, main, dessert with three glasses of wine included.
For starters you could choose from: Duck liver paté or Scallops with roasted Jerusalem artichoke and black truffle.
For mains there was either: Zander fillet and seasonal vegetables or a confit goose wing with Sarladaises potatoes.
For desserts you could have: Red fruit sorbet or the local Cannelé and ice cream.
The idea of having three glasses of wine with the menu is great as you can do a mix. For example drink a white, a red and with the dessert a sweet white.
Don’t expect modern cuisine, this goes back to basics, with a warm feeling, fresh high-quality produce and good sized servings. To be honest I couldn’t have eaten a thing more when I left, I was full, and that’s quite difficult as I love to eat French regional food.
For more information go to their website: www.latupina.com