Master of the Maison
NOTHING QUITE RIVALS the artful cuisine and presentation at Pierre
Gagnaire’s Michelin two-star restaurant in Bordeaux, which is perhaps the hottest dinner reservation in town.
Situated inside La Grande Maison (lagrandemaison-bordeaux .com), an elegant 19th-century mansion that houses six rooms and two suites, the restaurant serves the inventive and meticulously presented cuisine that made Gagnaire famous. The menu features dishes inspired by Bordeaux’s terroir, and while many of the dishes change seasonally, the restaurant also offers a selection of some of the chef’s most celebrated dishes— including his langoustine appetizer, which presents the crustacean prepared five ways, from cooked in a custard to raw in a galette. Also on the menu is Gagnaire’s famous take on duck, smoked in a bitter chocolate shell and dramatically hammered open tableside. Of course, there is also an exceptional wine list, with many bottles sourced from the private stock of the restaurant’s owner, Bernard Magrez, a local wine baron who owns four Bordeaux grand crus and 40 wine estates around the world.