We are in the final stages of having a new front door installed — not a minor undertaking, since our house is made of limestone and is between 400 and 500 years old, and since the new (much taller) door required considerable stone removal. One of the side effects is a lot of dust in our living area, which is why we decided to head out for lunch yesterday.
Feeling in the mood for something a bit spicier, we chose Le Tournepique, which I’ve written about several times before; it’s a favourite. It’s the Basque restaurant that’s located at the south end of the bridge over the Dordogne River at Castelnaud la Chapelle. Here it is:
We began by sharing a selection of tapas dishes — a small plate of ham and mild sausage, some anchovy filets, sautéed red pepper slices, mussels, and chunks of artichoke. My main course (plat principal) actually consisted of three dishes, also tapas-style: A piperade (a Basque dish of onions and green peppers in tomato sauce, with piment d’Espelette); a stuffed red pepper; and a chicken croquette. Here they are:
My wife Jan ordered the lomo — roast pork tenderloin, which she found a bit dry but still tasty. It came with delicious French fries, which I kept pinching and dipping in my (many) sauces. Here’s her plate:
Jan finished her meal with a crème caramel, while I had a small cheese course (a Brébis cheese, served with dark cherry preserves), followed by a slice of delicious Basque cake. Here they are, communing on the table in front of me:
Munching our way through this (helped along by a bottle of rosé wine) made it much easier to go home to face the task of washing all our crystal, which had become nicely coated with a fine layer of limestone dust. But of course, there was a bit of a nap first.