Dining Experience: We tested Morimoto in Bordeaux and Le Rigodon in Paris

Published on December 1, 2023 at 6:03 am. In Bordeaux, “Morimoto” wows the crowd. For its first European location, Japanese chef Masaharu Morimoto, a superstar judge in culinary TV shows across the Atlantic, has brought his knives to Bordeaux. This is a tribute to his first restaurant in Napa Valley, California. The menu includes Morimoto’s best-sellers: the genius tuna pizza, his signature dish that reconciles Asia and Latin America (in reality, a tortilla); the “sticky ribs,” pork ribs with hoisin sauce that will leave you licking your fingers; and of course, spectacular plates of raw fish. With a decoration signed by Philippe Starck, it’s a flawless visual and gustatory experience.

Price: lunch menu with starter and main dish for 30 €.
Location: “Hôtel Mondrian Bordeaux Les Carmes”, 81, cours du Médoc, 33300 Bordeaux. Tel.: 05 35 54 10 85.

In Paris, “Le Rigodon,” a countryside plate. There is a countryside atmosphere in this restaurant in the 11th arrondissement, which transforms into a grocery store outside of service hours. The limited menu changes based on the produce from small Normandy farms. The menu includes three dishes, always one vegetarian, and revisited classics such as veal blanquette, without mushrooms but with beets. Highly recommended are the butternut squash soup sprinkled with chestnuts, and the surprising eggplant and ricotta clafoutis, accompanied by delicious swiss chard. The desserts, which are more suitable for a snack than dinner, are less convincing.

Price: dishes around €20. With a starter and dessert, expect to pay €45.
Location: 10 rue des Trois Bornes, 75011 Paris. Reservation by email at ré[email protected]

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