Saturday, July 11, 2015

Périgord - La Tour des Vents

Our hosts in Périgord took us to La Tour des Vents, a one-Michelin-star restaurant near Bergerac, with a lovely view of the Dordogne valley.

The excellent food, and eating on the terrace in the lovely evening air while enjoying the interminable French summer sunset, made for a memorable experience.

Most of us started with foie gras, a pretty sure bet in Périgord. And here the presentation was lovely.

Foie gras de canard at La Tour des Vents
For main courses, J had pork chops, our hosts had duck breast and I had perfectly prepared (but as usual not very photgenic) sweetbreads - crispy on the outside, meltingly tender inside.

Pork chop at La Tour des Vents
Magret de canard at La Tour des Vents
Ris de veau (sweetbreads) at La Tour des Vents
Desserts were fine, too, and this strawberry tart, which took full advantage of the season, was especially lovely,

Tarte aux fraises at La Tour des Vents
. . .  as was this duo of chocolate ice cream and a creamy pastry.

Dessert at La Tour des Vents
One-star dining in the French countryside seldom disappoints, and the pricing is often amazingly fair. Here the four-course menu was just 60 euros.

Bobby Jay

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