A bitter sweet occasion. Sitting at our final group dinner I was overcome with emotions, excited for a great meal, humbled by the past two weeks, sad that it was all coming to an end, and slightly hung over from the late night before. This cocktail of feelings was enhanced by the unbearable heat inside the restaurant La Tupina in Bordeaux.
We were told that there was an Foie Gras dish that would be life changing, so obviously I ordered that.
All other Foie Gras we had ordered during the trip was processed into a pate, this one was instead lightly pan friend on both sides and served in a brown sauce. The texture was so delicate, and the fattiness just melted in your mouth due to the heat from the sauce. This dish lived up to its high expectation.
As you can see from the image we paired the dish with both a white wine and a rose. Neither wine was served cold, which made them difficult to enjoy in the extreme heat.
For mains everyone ordered a roasted or fried meat of some sort. Below is an image of the meat selection:
I selected a pigeon that was quite honestly over cooked and the meat was tough making it difficult to cut through.
After a sensational entrée and average main, the group sat down as a few members reminisced and thanked each other for an experience of a lifetime. Friendships were made, banter was shared and we all knew that we had just experienced something special.