14 September, 2011

La Tupina - Decadence in Bordeaux

When travelling, I love to find restaurants that echo the local delicacies and flavours of the region I'm visiting, and when I was in Bordeaux I found a gem of a place that does just that. While wine may jump into your mind when you first think of the French city, you must not underestimate how good the food can be. On one of Bordeaux's oldest streets, La Tupina (which means 'kettle' in Basque) pays a fantastic tribute to traditional cooking in the south-west region of France.

Photo courtesy of La Tupina
The decor is both beautiful and rustic. In the centre of the restaurant is a huge fireplace, which is used to cook some of the dishes, and there are two cosy dining rooms. There are also tables outside on the cobbled street and, while they're great in the summer, part of the joy of La Tupina is the atmosphere and ambience of the rooms inside.
Photo courtesy of La Tupina
The specialities of the house include lamb and duck, and as I'd read about the latter before going, that's what I decided on. It really was like no other duck dish I've ever tasted. The hand cut French fries are cooked in duck fat over an open fire, and my mouth still waters thinking about them - decadent is the only word to use here! I'd highly recommend having a very light and early lunch before eating here so you can really make the most of it - the portions are generous, and will fill you up.

Photo courtesy of La Tupina
The restaurant is nestled on a side street a few blocks from the cathedral, and once you've had your meal, there's nothing better than wandering through the nearby streets whilst working off a few calories at the same time! The ambience in La Tupina is classy; the service is fantastic, and the food is quite simply amazing. If you're ever in Bordeaux and you don't go, you're definitely missing out!
La Tupina has quite a reputation, so it is definitely advisable to book in advance. For more information, click here.

Have you been to La Tupina? Ever tasted traditional food that simply blows you away? Tell me about it!

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