“Manger rapidement mais manger bien” : devise du Saint-Jean, nouveau restaurant à la gare de Bordeaux
Through Jonas Denis
The cooks are busy! The lunch break is approaching. “Where we are placed, we dress connecting travelers or employees of companies near the station”, rejoices Heuzé Servan, manager of the new establishment, the Saint-Jean, opposite the station. Saint Jean a Bordeaux (Gironde).
The restaurant belongs to the Mercure hotel, so the two buildings are close together.
“Even though we are the official Mercure restaurant, the idea is to have our independence and our own clientele. By attracting Bordeaux residents in the evening, for example, ”explains Heuzé Servan.
For his first restaurant opening, he is confident: “During an evening with friends, I talk to the manager of the Mercure hotel, a friend of mine, who is looking for a manager to ensure the opening of the restaurant. I first volunteered to have a laugh and six months later, I found myself in Bordeaux. We trust each other and for me, it’s a dream come true to open a restaurant. “
Victor, the chef at Saint-Jean, is already in full swing for the arrival of the next customers. “They have the choice between the menu which changes every week with two starters, two main courses and two desserts and a menu that changes every six weeks to cook only seasonal products. “
This is the case of the poultry ballotine, which can be chosen on the menu from mid-September until the end of October.
Apart from the pork from Spain – because Victor finds it “better worked” – the products come from France or the region.
“For example, figs and eggplants are picked in Haillan or the pumpkin comes from Alain, a local producer in Saint-Jean d’Illac. “
Nothing of quality in the station
“If you look at the menus of the restaurants near the station, it’s not very salesy! There are only fast food restaurants, ”writes Victor, who hopes to be successful.
Around Saint-Jean train station, the chef noted that there was no supply of high-quality restaurants. “Apart from Le Potager next door, it’s Mc Do, Starbucks, Paul, etc. It’s a shame to arrive in Bordeaux and eat an expensive and too fatty sandwich. “
His fear is to see people moving more and more towards fast food: “I find that customers are more and more in a hurry for lunch, they no longer take the time to sit on the terrace to eat a good meal. meal. “
Heuzé explains: “We try to get someone to eat, with a starter, main course and dessert in an hour. So it will always be more popular than fast food but we promise quality. “
In addition to being a restaurant, the Saint-Jean hopes to become a bar soon. “At the moment we don’t have the license so we can only serve coffee in the morning and lemonades in the afternoon. But we hope that will change within a month, ”concludes the manager of the restaurant.
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