It was my second visit to this small and wonderful restaurant in Bordeaux. First time the experience was good, but since we were travelling with our cat (in bag), needed to bring him out for a walk from time to time on the street, I only had a faint appreciation of the meal. This time we had our meal without distraction. The owners are 2 couples, 4 young chefs with cosmopolitan background: the Israeli Gil Elad, the Japanese Ayako Ota, the New Caledonian Laura Eyrin, and the Franco-Vietnamese Arnaud Lahaut. They met at Ferrandi cooking school in Paris. They parted their ways, worked in some great restaurants: Arpège, Astrance, Atelier de Robuchon, Chateaubriand. Years later, they reunited together and opened MILES.
We reserved our lunch 2 days before. We arrived at the restaurant at 1pm, the restaurant has an open kitchen, a long curvy counter bar seats and several tables around, there is around 30 seatings, not a big restaurant, but pretty warm with a interior mainly decorated with wood. There is basically 2 menus, both tasting, one with 3 courses, the other with one with 4 plates, and/or with matching wines. We have chosen the 4 courses.
There comes the amuse bouche:
Mashed butternut and lemongrass, coconut, cod eggs and mousse - it was very light, tasty enough to start off our meal and we liked the hint of lemon taste.
The entry is Egg yolk confit, onion sauce, grilled Jerusalem artichoke and mash, coffee, nuts and cèpes mushrooms condiment, with herb mouron des oiseaux - Very good, loved the coffee/nuts and mushroom spice adding to the tenderness of the undercooked egg, interesting combination of ingredients. My favorite dish.
First main is the fish course: Cod fish, with seaweed nori, apple, beetroot. Fish well cooked, crispy skin, a nice balance between the green apple and the sweet beetroot.
Second main is a meat course: Veal with smoked leek, oats, mashed date, iranian lemon with mint and coriander herbs. I like especially the slight smoky taste that adds a touch to the dish, it wasn’t overwhelming at all, there is obviously an oriental influence in this dish.
The dessert is Peanut ice-cream with dark chocolate cookie, salty caramel butter.
A highly creative combination of ingredients and artistic work. Honestly I think the restaurant has a lot of potential and will becoming something big. Especially if you know the 4 course tasting menu is 29€ per person (3 course 24€, and dinner 5 courses 35€). If you happen to be in Bordeaux, don’t think, RUN TO IT.
(Actually I was hesitating to write this review, it’s still relatively new that you don’t want the tourists to invade like other places La Tupina).
33 Rue du Cancera
Reservation: +33 (0)5 56 81 18 24