Today we took a beautiful drive out the new “ring road” from Sarlat — a great way to beat Sarlat’s traffic jams — and ate at Le Font de Gomme in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac (an unusual, historic town, site of the national prehistory museum, and well worth a visit).
We ate on the terrace at the rear of the restaurant, shaded from the incredible heat. (We are now well into the 30s, and not a cloud in the sky.) We began as almost-always with kirs, and then I had a composed salad of marinated herring, potato salad and greens. For our main courses, taken with rosé wine, my wife had the risotto with mussels and scallops, while I had an incredibly tender filet of roast pork. At the end of the meal, it was fresh strawberries with chantilly cream for my wife, and a duo of cheeses for me — cantal and brie de Meaux. All delicious — but the risotto wins the “dish du jour” photo honours, simply because it looks so good. As my wife says, “It’s not really risotto, but it’s really delicious.” We figure that the chef adds cream to give it the necessary creaminess, instead of cooking out the starch properly, as the Italians do. But it sure looks good, doesn’t it?