Far from the uptight and solemn nature of starred restaurants that used to be, Le Prince Noir stands out with its friendly cuisine that puts the pleasures of tasting food back at the centre of it all. The building itself, a cube of glass and concrete perched high up in Lormont in a green setting that gives onto the Aquitaine bridge, is surrounded by the stables of Lormont castle. Chef Vivien Durant took over from Jean-Marie Amat, local figure of gastronomy who passed away in 2018. Now crowned with a Michelin star, the chef reveals local inspirations in sharp contrast with the very contemporary aspect of his creations: flavours are impactful, products (mostly local) are highlighted according to the seasons. Thus, you may come across some of the following during the Prince Noir 4 or 6-course menu: milk-fed lamb and crumble-like couscous polenta, matured Herriko chuck steak, foie gras braised over some "kasha" (peeled and grilled buckwheat) or the kokotxa - an herb soup in pilpil - which is definitely a Basque speciality. Note that there is an interesting lunch menu which makes this starred cuisine affordable to more gourmets.
Le Prince Noir
1 rue du Prince Noir
+33 (0)5 56 06 12 52
Menu: from 95 EUR (“Edouard de Woodstock” set menu)