When you think of French food, you probably think of expensive cuisine served in high-end, exclusive restaurants—right? In movies, French restaurants always seem to be the pinnacle of high society, but I’m here today to tell you that’s not the case. There are awesome restaurants out there that serve authentic French comfort food, and they won’t break the bank.
Bergerac Bistro French Restaurant in Portland
This week, I sat down with Gisella Barbaray of the Bergerac Bistro here in Portland to talk about this awesome little French restaurant. Not only does the food look incredible, but Bergerac Bistro is also a small, cozy, and intimate setting that you or me, or any average Joe, could go to for date night. It’s owned and operated by Gisella and her husband, Joris, who grew up in southwest France—so you can be sure all of their menu items are truly authentic!
IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN:
- The origin of the name Bergerac. Bergerac is actually the town Gisella’s husband grew up in and where they got married! It’s smack dab in the middle of wine, duck, and foie gras country, and the Bergerac Bistro draws a lot of inspiration for its dishes from this area!
- The restaurant’s journey. The bistro is just under two years old, and before that, Gisella and her husband spent eighteen months looking for the right location. Originally, the space they settled on was a Lebanese restaurant that they completely transformed.
- Some of Bergerac’s popular dishes. There are a lot of awesome offerings on their menu, but Gisella cites escargot, pâté maison, confit de canard, and lamb navarin as some of their most popular starters and main dishes. For dessert? Crème brûlée is always popular, but Gisella is partial to the pot au chocolat!
- How she and her family ended up in Portland. Gisella talks about how they have family all along the West Coast, including in the Portland area, and how as a child, she grew up all over the world. She wanted her children to have the opportunity—to see different cultures and other ways of life.
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Gisella and I talk about so many other things, from marketing to the restaurant itself to the catering services Bergerac Bistro offers, but I don’t want to give everything away! You’re just going to have to listen to the full episode to learn more about the bistro yourself. Oh, but I will tell you: Gisella’s favorite Portland spot? Westmoreland Park! It’s the perfect place to bring a picnic, hang out, and enjoy nature.
Bergerac Bistro French Restaurant in Pictures: