Today we’d planned to have lunch with friends Derek and Sue, and it was a fine time to try a new restaurant — one that’s built around regional foods. As always, our time with our friends was chatty and fun. And the restaurant turned out to be a good find.
The place is called La Halle Fermière (The Farmer’s Market), and it’s a combination restaurant (up front) and shop (in the rear). It’s located on the road leading from Gourdon to Fumel, in the Lot (a department next to the Dordogne). Door-to-door, it’s about 20 kilometres from our home in Daglan. Here’s the exterior, where my wife Jan is giving the once-over to the posted menus:
Once the four of us were seated and then served our apéritifs (can you say kir?), we all chose the menu du jour — a remarkably reasonable 11.50 euros for three courses and a half-litre of wine per couple. The entrée was a small plate of charcuterie, like this:
There was a choice of three meats for the main course — a veal cutlet, a pork chop, and a steak — and I chose the veal, which came with some very tasty potatoes and a grilled tomato. Here’s the plate:
For dessert, there was a rather plain bowl of pieces of fruit — not worthy of a photograph, but still tasty and fresh. And after coffees we were able to tour the shop at the rear of the building. Here’s a look at the main hall:
The shop/restaurant was created by the Martegoute family business, known for its foie gras and other farm products, so the emphasis is on local foods and wines. Here’s the counter with vegetables:
And then there are the rows and rows of jars, bottles and cans containing preserves, patés, and more, like this:
There is also a large cooler with duck and other poultry — which naturally features foie gras and magrets de canard (duck breasts), like this:
With Christmas approaching, and our taste buds calling out for some nice seared foie gras — served with a chilled glass or two of Monbazillac wine — I know we’ll be back at La Halle Fermière before long. Might even do another lunch while we’re at it.