How to order your steak preference in France
• Bleu – Done on a very hot grill for one 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 or American 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 ‘steak bien cuit’ 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!