Friday, October 19, 2007

Restaurant L’ Entrecôte

J had been asking me to eat at Restaurant L'Entrecôte for years but I was reluctant to go with him because I am not a beef person and I don't take food that is not fully cooked. However, I did tell him that I can go with him to watch him eat but he rejected. I even said I will try the "well done" beef but be prepared to eat my share if I don't like it. Well, he just kept quiet...

Finally, we went to Restaurant L'Entrecôte at Bordeaux when our friends, Iris and Fion visited us last week. It was really popular with queues of customers waiting outside the door at 645pm. We were directed to the 4th floor at 715pm even we had a pram with Shannon sleeping in it (think 4th floor is non-smoking area) .

Anyway, there is only ONE main course available - steak with fries, salad and the famous l'entrecote sauce at 16 euros. J ordered one medium rare for himself and 3 well-done for rest of us. The food came and we swapped up all of it because it was just too delicious! Iris and Fion regretted ordering well-done as they find that medium rare was tenderer. J offered his medium rare and ate the well done beef instead. ("Sigh" Being his friends are so much better than his wife. At least he is more accommodating to his friend than me.. :P If he had agreed to eat my share earlier, we have been to this restaurant long time ago.)

So friends here, what are you waiting for? Go and try it this Saturday! !


In French, the word entrecôte denotes a premium cut of beef used for steaks and roasts. Traditionally it came from the rib area of the carcass, corresponding in English to the steaks known as rib, rib-eye, club, scotch fillet, or Delmonico, or to the roasts known as standing rib or prime rib. The term is now also used for the sirloin cut known as contre-filet, being the portion of the sirloin on the opposite side of the bone from the filet, or tenderloin. In English, a steak cut from the contre-filet is known variously as a striploin, wing, club, Delmonico, New York, Kansas City, Porterhouse, or strip steak when separated from the bone, or as a T-bone or Porterhouse steak when left on the bone with the filet.

Around the world, many restaurants featuring steak dishes use the word entrecôte as their name or part of their name. In particular, the name L'Entrecôte has come to identify three iconic groups of restaurants owned by two sisters and one brother of the Gineste de Saurs family, which specialise in contre-filet and serve it in the typical French bistrot style of steak-frites, or steak-and-chips:

  • L'Entrecôte is the popular nickname of the restaurant Le Relais de Venise – L'Entrecôte, founded by Paul Gineste de Saurs in Paris's 17th arrondissement near Porte Maillot, and now run by one of his daughters. As well, the restaurant is widely known as L'Entrecôte Porte-Maillot.
  • L'Entrecôte is the official name of a group of restaurants established by a son of Paul Gineste de Saurs, with locations in Toulouse, Bordeaux, Nantes, Montpellier, and Lyon.
  • L'Entrecôte is used as an informal name for the Le Relais de l'Entrecôte restaurants operated by another daughter of Paul Gineste de Saurs, with two locations in Paris and one in Geneva. The oldest of these, in Paris's 6th arrondissement, is widely known as L'Entrecôte Saint-Germain.
(extracted from From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

7 friends commented ^_^:

Lily Ann said...

sounds good but pity I don't take beef

adrian said...

OMGosh, look at the amount of fries! Issit only this restaurant that give that huge serving of fries or it's every restaurant in France?

Shannon's Mummy said...

@lily ann - I don't really take beef too.. but I really fell in love with the beef in that restaurant!

@adrian - Ayee... so far this is the first restaurant tat gave so much so much fries.. And hor.. can refill if not enough leh :P... hahaha

Firehorse said...

Were u in the picture? Or those two your friends? I haven't had fries in such a long time, hmm maybe i get some for dinner, hehe.

Shannon's Mummy said...

@firehouse - yesh.. I am sitting with my girl... hehe

Helen said...

That place is by appointment only? Not like over here hor? People stand by your table to wait for you to finish..:-P

Shannon's Mummy said...

@helen - Restaurant in France usually only cater to max of 2 tables turn. Thus we have to leave when they said it is full for the night. French takes their own time to enjoy their dinner.

Thus you wouldn't get to see ppl standing beside you waiting for seats but it still happen in Fast Food Restaurant here lah! :P