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Installed since November 20, 2021 near the Place Gambetta in Bordeaux (Gironde) in an old wine cellar, Restaurant Escalette kept the same stone walls, which still smell the same.
Ideal for the couple Valère Monier and Adeline Kelber, the two owners and managers of the establishment who wanted to create a ” wine restaurant “.
“For each dish that the customer chooses, a glass of wine will be recommended. We think a lot about the marriage between flavors ”, presents the 40-year-old manager.
A dish and the expert’s glass
Passionate about oenology from a very young age, Valère Monier has always wanted to open a “wine restaurant”. “I have been studying professionally since 2003, I followed training courses with oenologists. I have met many winegrowers across France to find out as much as possible, ”says the 48-year-old man proudly.
For each dish ordered, the menu offers a wine suggestion. As a starter, half-cooked duck foie gras with Lillet and shallot confit is offered with a glass of Domaine Richard.
“The customer can also follow his instinct. If I am asked, I can explain the color, the aroma or give advice on how to distinguish a good bottle ”, underlines the owner who has just opened his last restaurant.
A formula at 26 euros in the evening
In the kitchen, Adeline Kelber takes care of it with the help of Emilie. “Most of the ingredients come from local producers, such as oysters, which come from Cap Ferret or eggs, from the Capucins market,” says the manager.
The à la carte dishes are the chef’s inventions. “I like to start from the product and then create a new recipe, I don’t hold back on the spices, I find it tastier,” she smiles.
The lunchtime formula is 16 euros and the evening formula is 26 euros. A significant price difference explained by the manager: “Evening meals are more popular than those at midday. People don’t have time to eat on their lunch break. “
Drink out of sight
Located in rue Boétie, the establishment is isolated from the noise of Place Gambetta. “That’s what we were looking for when we arrived in Bordeaux. To be in a quiet place, recalls Valère. Here, you can enjoy a glass of wine in the quiet out of sight. “
Moreover, the term “the escalettes” comes from the small staircases to avoid the crowds in Saint-Émilion. “The idea is when we went for the weekend there,” he notes.
The couple have the ambition to build a wine cellar below the restaurant. “It’s still in the works but we plan to launch it early next year. I want to make the most of my years of studying oenology and give anecdotes about the bottles we have, ”he concludes, looking at his large collection.
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