In Bordeaux, many restaurants we would like to try, they do not open for Saturday lunch and only serve dinner. L’Oiseau Bleu has a lot of positive reviews, we decided to give it a try.
According to the waiter, the original restaurant used to be in Cours Verdun and moved some time ago to this new address in 127 Avenue Thiers in the right bank. The new restaurant has a new outdoor terrace for summer.
We called to let the restaurant know that our train was half an hour late, when we arrived, the waiter quickly led us to the only empty table. The business lunch looks good with a fish tartare, pork belly and Saint Honore dessert, but since we had some pork belly the night before, we ordered the “creative menu” which we could choose dishes from the main menu.
We started with a beet cream and some chips.
Amuse bouche: an airy lentil and cèpes cream. Quite good, pity that it was too salty.
I had a rabbit farci with squash with raisin jelly with a reduced juice. It was a surprise that the rabbit was nearly raw, but was quite pleasant.
My eating companion had a roasted langoustine with coco of Paimpol, trout eggs. I tasted the langoustine, it had very soft and mushy, I didn’t like the texture.
For the main dish, I had a loin of veal, anchovy, arugula pesto, potatoes and a green cake. Once again, the sauce was very salty. My eating companion had a lotte fish with a tomato and oyster tart and some roasted radish.
We shared together an extra dish of cèpes with some Ibérico sauté. I felt the ham wasn’t in it’s peak condition and a bit disappointed.
My dessert was a lemon cheese cake on a jelly disc with a creamy ice-cream. The cheese cake was very daring, it tasted excessively acid and the ice-cream was bland. My partner had a Nyangbo chocolate, caramel dessert, I preferred it much more than my dessert, the taste was quite classic.
The meal left me feeling not very fulfilled. I have a feeling that the chef wanted to try something creative, with beautiful plating, but didn’t quite there yet for the taste, the result was sometimes overly complex with many ingredients, but lacking a focus. There were some cooking errors. My eating partner felt the meal was so so, especially he found a hair in one of his plate.
Not sure we would like to go back, as there were many new places we would like to try, the menu was 43€ per person, the additional mushroom dish was 18€, we had a bottled of sparkling mineral water and a glass of bourgogne wine. 117€ for 2 persons.
127 Avenue Thiers
Reservation: 05 56 81 09 39 or