To the romantic segment who are seduced by the ambiance an
illuminated embankment can create, this place could not be more fascinating. Situated in the heart of Place de la
Bourse, on the South side of the Garonne River, Le Gabriel
doesn’t fall short when it comes to panorama. If you reserve with anticipation a table by the window, you could be witnessing one of the most magnificent view of the city of Bordeaux. All starts when
the dark sky gets lightened up by the warm lights of this 18th century
building which also reflect into the Miroir des
Quais, the largest water mirror in the world. Spectacular the
view, epic the feeling. But the aesthetic of the external architecture is only one of the reasons why
Le Gabriel is among the most venerable Bordelaise fine dining institutions.
Place de la Bourse from the
Miroir des Quais, Bordeaux
Inside is another story, still seductively classy. There are three different ambiance on three different floors: the bar, the bistro and the restaurant.
the last floor, there is the Michelin starred restaurant, and the face behind it is the one of über-skilled chef François ADAMSKI who scraps off the fluffy visual complexity of contemporary cooking
in exchange of sophisticated classicism with soft-toned, impeccably presented, never ordinary dishes which will keep constantly alive your pleasure of discovery.
he started to provoke mine with a selection of green jewellery of biscuit praline with cucumber, green beans and mint pastry with a touch of edible gold and a tapanade bignet: shining half globes of
different texture, all with a fantastically precise balance between taste and consistency.
After this we were taken to the restaurant on the third floor for our dinner.
become de rigueur to begin meals with a shot of foam and this place is no exception. Mise en bouche of tomatoes and basil with a vodka foam opens the dinner. Accompanying it with a mini tomatoes
filled bread and seaweed butter makes it irresistible.
Potatoes risotto with
mascarpone and caviar, Le Gabriel – Bordeaux
A potatoes risotto with mascarpone and caviar remains the
shining star of the evening and also the most architectural one. With a potatoes cylinder filled with caviar and covered with a thin layer of fried potato standing in the middle of a heavenly white
mouse, this plate had a unique level of delicacy.
could almost hear me groaning at the very mention of carrots and its presence in a fine dining menu but Adam took the chance to persuade my reluctance to this earthy vegetable with a superlative
creamy carrot purée, finely textured to precision to accompany a sea bream with peas and grapefruit.
Main course, Le Gabriel –
when cheese time comes forget about the cheese soufflé and don’t even look out for the ordinary cheese plate. Here all the ingredients are veiled intriguedly like the goat cheese and ream with cheery
compote resembling a dessert. Although unrecognisable, the detailing was exquisite. The real dessert thought was figs stuffed with spices and gingerbread. So far a good tasting and looking dessert
but be prepared but be prepared for a gustative shake off…the sweetness of the fruit is smoothed at the end with the hit of a dollop of white beer sorbet which creates an in-depth contrast. It
is an interesting combination but can leave you with mixed feelings.
Dessert at Le Gabriel –
Ohh…I nearly forgot…Your dinner menu is a surprise you will discover dish by dish as they arrive. The hard copy menu here is a fugitive but the service is knowledgeable and impeccably detailed and
will take you through your dishes meticulously.
the rest, Le Gabriel ticks all the boxes as it has all the romance of a traditional dining experience in an extremely elegant setting. À bientôt !
Moi at Le Gabriel –
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