You only get what you order!!!
Many people get confused when ordering steak, again as the French have a different regime to the British. So I would advise that you read this section carefully as you may well have your steak served
in way you did not expect it.
- Bleu - Cooked on a very hot grill for 1 minute on each side.
- Saignant - Meaning bloody. Very rare, but cooked slightly longer on the second side
than a ‘bleu’ steak.
- À point - rare for
British standards. This implies that a steak is cooked a little longer than a ‘Saignant’ one.
- Bien cuit ‘well cooked’- This level will still often have some pinkness in the middle of the meat. A ‘bien cuit steak’ is cooked
until the juices run brown on the surface of the steak.
- Très bien cuit (!) -
should get you a steak that is totally cooked through In our opinion - inedible......
We would advise people to talk to the waiter/Maitre d’Hôtes and explain whether they like their meat bloody, cooked through etc”. It is
worth a couple of minutes' chat in order to get your steak exactly how you like it.