On our way back from the south of France, we decided to spend a day and a night in the beautiful city of Bourges. Our B&B (Coeur de Bourges, recently opened and surely to recommend) told us that there was a decently priced good restaurant nearby. It happened to be “Le Boubonnoux” which caught already our attention during our previous stroll in the medieval city. The only difficulty was to get a table for two but our B&B could in extremis fix this for us. And yes, the place was fully packed! I have to admit that it was a Saturday evening in July and that all of the other guests were local people. So I can really not understand why other critics describe it as the ultimate tourist trap. I surely disagree completely.
The restaurant is situated in a historic building, with a visible wooden structure, in the medieval part of Bourges. The visible wooden structure gives charm to the place but limits also the space for placing the tables and chairs. So our table was rather far away from the other tables which suited us for some privacy but limited also our access to the waitress. There was only one waitress, I guess the lady of the house, and as the place was fully packed it was indeed sometimes hard to get her attention but besides that the service was excellent.
We both took the “menu saveur” (4 courses) at 25,-€. Decent food, honest food, fresh ingredients nicely prepared. I have to admit that we both took meat (pièce de boeuf) as main course so I cannot judge about the chef’s ability to serve fish. Anyway, the sauce with a touch of ginger was surprisingly good. We took a local wine from the wine-list and with an aperitif before and (only one) coffee afterwards, we paid for the two of us together 86,-€ which was a honest price for what we got.
In brief : it is a nice place with honest decent food for a good price. Don’t expect Michelin Stars but it is surely on a much higher level than “brasserie”-food.
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