Sometimes, even though you’ve been best friends for years and you see each other practically every day, it’s nice to treat yourselves out to a special meal together.
That’s exactly what my good friend Manny (who also happens to be an account executive here at CAWLM) and I did a couple of weeks ago.
Always in search of something new, we decided to head to Bordeaux located in the Crowne Plaza Hotel on the West side of Lansing.
Although I frequent the hotel for various community events and even poked my head into the restaurant to see what it is like, I had never eaten there.
Manny beat me to the place, so when I arrived a nice hostess greeted me and let me know there was one guy waiting. The bar area was pretty full with what looked to be hotel guests. I spotted Manny at a quiet two top table and headed over.
The décor in Bordeaux is super modern. Lots of red, silver, graphic prints and unique lighting fixtures. The night we dined, each table had a fresh red rose as a centerpiece.
The menu at Bordeaux is like art-work itself. The red cover pops and inside guests can find a list of entrees, which are each connected to a wine bottle illustration letting you know what best pairs with your selection. Given the restaurant’s billing as a wine bar it makes total sense that there is also a separate drink menu with a number of wines and even the option to order a wine flight.
Manny went with a craft beer and I went with a house white. The menu selections all looked delicious. There is a selection of appetizers like Wasabi-Crusted Ahi Tuna, Mozzarella Bites, a small variety of flatbreads, dinner-size salads including the Pan-Fried Goat Cheese Salad, the Southwestern Cobb Salad and a list of dinner entrees like Pan-Seared Black Cod, Chicken Roulade, Steak Frites and more to get your taste buds excited.
Although both the goat cheese salad and goat cheese ravioli jumped out at me (what can I say, I really like goat cheese) Manny’s eyes went directly to the Ahi Tuna selections. I suggested it might be best to order a few things and share and Manny agreed.
Then things got sad, because the waitress informed us that they were out of Ahi Tuna. And so we went back to the drawing board, ultimately settling on the following: Lump Crab Cakes, which included crab meat mixed with peppers, scallions and seasonings, served with pickled pepper remoulade and topped with grilled corn salsa; the Greek Flatbread topped with tomato, red onion, olives, feta cheese, pepperoncini, artichoke hearts and Greek dressing; and the Baked Bree. This was more like a dessert and included a Brie wheel wrapped in puff pastry and baked, topped with a house-made caramel apple walnut sauce with Michigan cherries and served with grilled crostini.
Our selections were each so varied in taste and flavor I required a separate plate for every one. The flatbread was so overloaded with flavorful toppings, I had to eat each bite slowly to take it all in. Manny absolutely loved the crab cakes and I have to say I was impressed with the size of the appetizer order.
The Bree. Where do I begin? It was sweet, salty and all types of wonderful. One thing I will do when I go to Bordeaux next time, however, is ask that they go light on the caramel sauce. I know some people would for sure appreciate the pool of caramel our order came with, but I actually thought it was a bit too much.
It’s probably obvious for the above descriptions, but we cleaned the three plates without any trouble.
Our server asked us if we’d be charging our dinner to our room, which leads me to believe most diners are guests of the hotel. We told her “no” (but I’d be lying if we didn’t think about just saying “sure room 205” and seeing if that actually worked). My point in saying this is, it seems a shame that there is this tasty, trendy place in town and it seems only people who live out of town are enjoying it.
Bordeaux also has a lunch menu featuring many of the same salads, a selection of paninis and skewers served with rice. There is also a build-your-own burger option, for those looking to stick with the traditional. Their dessert menu is pretty big featuring Apple Bavarian Cheesecake, Key Lime Tart, Blueberry Linz Tart and many more. Plus, there’s a breakfast menu that runs until 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday for your brunch needs.
So, grab a business buddy, a best friend or your significant other and check out Bordeaux.