Lauza may be small but its reputation as one of Bordeaux’s best restaurants is considerable. On a warm July evening its terrace was filled with locals and a few tourists soaking the last rays of sun and sipping on their wine. The setting was relaxed and the food came up to my expectations.
Ingredients are sourced locally and pay homage to the region’s culinary traditions. Dishes are creative, testament to the chef’s training under Guy Savoie in Paris and his travels around world.
The menu is short – but it’s very hard to choose. We kicked it off with a veal carpaccio – tonnato style, with shredded broccoli and cauliflower, topped with herring mayo and capers. I went for the Ibaima pork with deep fried turnips, shallots, peas, seasoned with a very flavourful jus. My husband opted for the monkfish with came with an artichoke puree and a very delicate mousseline.
For the dessert, we shared the deconstructed Saint Honore with its light but very flavourful creme patisserie, fried choux, and salted caramel flakes. An absolute delight. We tried to drag our dinner for as long as we could, not only because the food was memorable but also to enjoy the owners’ family young kids giving out a very sweet impromptu dance performance on the street.
The service was very attentive and jolly; it really showed that the owners are putting their heart into their work. For those who want to organise a more intimate group occasion, Lauza has a cosy second room, which can be privatised.
Lauze is totally deserving of its reputation. I will definitely try to come back next time I’m in Bordeaux either for a full meal or for their daily apero between 17.30-19.30.
Cover photo: Cedric Angeles