At an age when some dreamed of becoming an airline pilot or astronaut, Adrien Cachot had no doubt: he was going to be a chef! Upon completion of his apprenticeship, he joined Christian Etchebest’s team at the Cantine du Troquet and then pursued his career alongside starred chef Nicolas Magie in Bordeaux. After an enriching learning experience of several months in Japan and Italy, he decided to open this pocket-sized restaurant with seating for a mere 18 customers near the Eglise de la Sainte-Trinité in the spring of 2017. His Franco-Japanese partner Emie handles the service, while he concocts unique and flavorful dishes in the open kitchen. The daily menu is only €32 for two starters, a main dish and dessert: a real deal because everything is truly delicious! The day’s starters of stuffed veal breast with smoked cod roe, and soft-cooked egg on a bed of chopped mushrooms and poulette sauce are prime examples. Then came the faultlessly fresh hake with thick strips of celery cooked in a salt crust on a delicate bordelaise sauce. A large crispy tube stuffed with lemon cream brought the meal to a close on a pleasantly zesty note. And if you are a fan of offal, don’t hesitate a second to order the ad hoc six-course tasting menu (at only €46!), which is totally worth making the “detour”! Everything is perfect, even the cozy setting with light walls and dark wood tables surrounded by blue crushed velvet bench seating or bistro chairs covered with pretty embroidered cushions. Prix-fixe menu at €28 and lunch special of main dish plus starter or dessert at €22. But be sure to make reservations: despite its young age, the place is already booked solid.
Noon to 2 pm and 7:30pm to 11pm
Closed Sunday and Monday
Average price: €32.