Bordeaux is world famous for its red wines, producing some of the most sought-after Merlot and Cabernet, as well as superior Sauternes for those who like sweet whites. While many reds make for easy drinking alone, the more robust and complex are a wonderful companion for food and Bordeaux is strewn with restaurants, cafés and wine bars offering the perfect match, from rich and meaty stews, to fine charcuterie plates, cheese platters and glorious desserts.
Ô P’tit Bahut is a charming cave à manger with a homey feel and generous hospitality. Owners Audrey and Matt are passionate about french produce, proudly serving their customers the very best France has to offer. They take the time and care to explain each product to their eager customers and suggest wines to pair that they will love.
The shared discovery of new flavours and textures is engrained in Ô P’tit Bahut’s character. The changing selection of cheese and meat boards are ideal for sharing. While they do come in two sizes meaning you can choose a platter for one, for me this was a reason to try a greater selection of culinary delights by choosing two small spreads to share, rather than a single large one.
Seduced by the idea of a molten cheese, the first selection my dining companion and I chose was La Comtoise (€15 for small), which featured Cancoillotte; a runny cow’s milk cheese that is sweet and buttery – dare I compare it to a grown up version of that famous childhood foil-wrapped triangle!? Made up of produce from the Franche-Comté region of eastern France, the Comtoise also featured a spectacular Comté cheese, flecked with crystals of salt that gave bursts of minerality with each bite and a springy Morbier. For the meats, there was a wonderfully sweet smoked ham (jambon du Haut-Doubs) and a fragrant dried sausage (saucisse de Morteau séchée).
Our second selection was La Savoyarde (€14 for small) which, as the name suggests, comprised produce from Savoie, an Alpine area of France that neighbours northern Italy and Switzerland. The cheeses of this region have characteristic nutty undertones. We were presented with a mild and floral Beaufort, a ripe Reblochon fermier, and an earthy Gruyère de Savoie. The fourth cheese, a Tomme de Savoie, had quite an unusual flavour; intensely earthy and musty with a thick, grey-brown rind – it wasn’t for me. The saucisson de Savoie, however, I very much enjoyed – it was juicy and full of flavour.
Each board came garnished with a salad lightly dressed in a punchy mustard vinaigrette. And no french meal is complete without great bread – our bread bowl was never allowed to fall below brimming.
As for the wine, we followed Audrey’s advice and started with a ripe and plummy Merlot, which went down a treat while we waited for our food. A fuller-bodied red followed which had a touch of spice and gentle tannins that paired well with the fatty meats (stupidly, I didn’t note the name of either wine!)
For fine wines, fine meats and fine cheeses in a relaxed atmosphere, Ô P’tit Bahut is the place for you.
Ô P’tit Bahut
10 rue des Bahutiers
T: +33 (0)6 34 22 13 08
Open for lunch 12:00-14:00 Thurs-Mon; open for dinner 18:30-22:30 Wed-Mon