Symbiose

Restaurant Symbiose in BordeauxSymbiose (Bordeaux) - © Aïtor Alfonso

Godillot boots without socks, frayed jeans and castaway beards: a foursome of twenty-somethings has the crowd singing ‘hype-hype-hype-hooray at Symbiose. In their barebones den with lots of wooden details, Thomas, Simon and Lucas take care of the pickles and the booze, while Félix fixes up clever fusion cuisine at lunch. Things get off to a lively start with extra crispy nuggets in panko breadcrumbs dipped into a formidable watercress emulsion; for the plat de ray-sistance, there was impeccable plancha-seared skate with parsnip chips, sunchoke purée and a carrot polenta; and after, the house’s star dessert, a salty and peaty chocolate-whiskey tart! The wine list is small but inviting: Krakhuna, a sweet and oxidative Georgian vin orange (€8 a glass), rubs shoulders with a local red wine from Alexandre Sirech (€22 a bottle). At night, the 1800 grandfather clock gives way to a speakeasy. On the menu: tartares, platters… and a rejuvenated Old Fashioned cocktail with Armagnac, Nikka or artisanal akvavit. Menus €13-18 (lunch) and €40 on Tuesday nights (five courses, reservations recommended), plates €8-10 (dinner). // Aitor Alfonso 

Getting there

Restaurant Symbiose
4, quai des Chartrons
Bordeaux
(33000)
France
44.8490741
-0.5709631
TEL: + 33 5 56 23 67 15