Stay in Hong Kong with a French twist: Voyage series – Bordeaux
Speaking of Bordeaux, what would come to your mind? Wine, for sure, but do you know that the Bordelaise gastronomy is also a very essential part of the local heritage? In Bordeaux, eating is a real art de vivre (art of living). Between land and sea, Bordeaux gastronomy is varied and will delight your taste buds with its own specialties and traditions. Although this year we can’t physically be in Bordeaux, we do have some places in town that can let you eat your way through this beautiful port city!
So now, let’s see how we can enjoy this lovely French art de vivre in Hong Kong!
1. Canelé: Taste of the 15th century of Bordeaux
One of the most significant gastronomy from the Bordeaux region must be the Canelé. Originating in either the 15th or the 18th century, canelé is a small French pastry flavored with rum and vanilla with a soft and tender custard center and a dark, thick caramelized crust. It takes the shape of a small, striated cylinder up to five centimeters in height with a depression at the top.
In Hong Kong, we can always find the silhouette of canelé in French Bakeries or cafés, below are two bakeries in Hong Kong that allows you to taste this magnificent pastry of Bordeaux!
📍 Rise by classified: Shop No. 313, 3/F, 8 Connaught Pl, Central
📍 La rose noire: The Westwood, 8 Belcher’s Street, Shek Tong Tsui, Western District
2. The French Table: Taste of the ocean
Since Bordeaux is a port city, seafood is definitely one of the must-eat when we visit the region! The French table is a restaurant located in Wan Chai that focuses on the French cuisine and provides several seafood dishes, including the Lobster Risotto, Pan-fried Tiger Prawn & Scallops, Pan-fried Australian Codfish & Lobster in Fish Soup… Most importantly, you can bring your favourite Bordeaux wine and enjoy the moment with your loved ones!
📍 Address: 23/F, 239 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong (MTR Wan Chai Exit A2)
3. La Vache!: Taste of French Entrecôte
L’entrecôte is another splendid dish of Bordeaux! Luckily, we can also taste the traditional French entrecôte in Hong Kong. French brasserie La Vache! elevates the simple steak frites menu to a new level with their organic green salad, followed by richly marbled USDA Prime ribeye and crispy frites served with generous pots of La Vache!’s secret sauce.
📍 Address: 48 Peel Street G/F, SoHo, Hong Kong
Besides from all the amazing dishes, wine is also an important part of Bordeaux’s gastronomy. If you are not a very big fan of red wine, read on, we’ve prepared some other significant Bordelaise wines for you to try!
4. L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon: Taste of the best in Bordeaux
Bordeaux lover, Joel Robuchon, the French Chef who runs La Grande Maison, is found in the city! He once said, “Bordeaux has produced that is world-famous: oysters from the Bay of Arcachon; milk-fed Pauillac lamb, grazed on the Médoc marshes; and cèpes de Bordeaux, in my opinion the best mushrooms in France. They grow superb raspberries just a few kilometers from here; they rear ducks for magret de canard (duck breast); and the asparagus, too, is wonderful.”
And now we can enjoy his cuisine at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon with their impression and precious wine selection!
📍 Address: Shop 401, Landmark Atrium
5. Lillet: Taste of Bordeaux wines and citrus liqueur
Lillet is one of the Bordelaise traditional aperitif type of wine. Blending of 85% Bordeaux region wines and 15% macerated liqueurs, mostly citrus liqueurs and stirring the mix in oak vats until blended, Lillet is often serve with peels of sweet oranges and peels of bitter green oranges. Lillet has 5 varieties: Kina Lillet, Lillet Dry, Lillet Rouge, Lillet Blanc and Lillet Rosé.
In a petit village in the renowned Bordeaux region, you’ll find La Maison Lillet. Pretty great location for crafting your favourite French aperitif if you ask us! And this is indeed what’s been going on since 1872. The skilled production team of 10 people provides the craftsmanship behind the refreshing & smooth aperitif that we all cherish.
6. Sauternes: Taste of Bordelaise Sweetness
Sauternes is another unique type of sweet white wine from the Sauternais region of the Graves section in Bordeaux. Some people would describe Sauternes taste like heaven with its full sweetness and the balance of touch with the acidity and golden fruit like peaches and apricots drizzled in honey. The nutty flavor even gives way to a finish that lasts for up to a few minutes. Pairing it with soft cheese like brie and rich, tender veal would surely be a perfect match!
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