Well, we just couldn’t go cold turkey and stop fine dining altogether, could we?
So today we picked up our friend Suzanne and headed west from Daglan to Bergerac for some shopping and, of course, lunch at La Table du Marché. Shopping was successful (several major items for Suzanne and a new digital camera for us) and so was lunch.
I recently wrote about our lunch the previous Saturday at La Table du Marché (“Simply superb in Bergerac,” on April 14). So I’ll keep this short, and focus on one dish: my entrée. It’s the Foie Gras Maison Cuit 5 Heures, which is to say foie gras of duck cooked on the premises for five hours.
Here it is, served more simply than it’s described on the restaurant’s menu, but wonderfully rich and delicious. With it came one chunky slice of lightly toasted bread, although I wound up eating the foie with several more pieces of bread. The texture of the foie gras is silky and smooth, and the dish is well worth the three-euro supplement to the 35-euro, three-course Menu Découverte.
And while the title of this posting suggests just one dish, I can’t resist showing off the shoulder of lamb that both Suzanne and I ordered as our main course. It’s the same dish I raved about just one week ago as being superb, and this time it seemed even better. In fact, said Suzanne, “This is the best lamb I’ve ever had!” With the lamb comes a spiced purée of carrots with almonds and pomegranate seeds, three small whirls of celeriac purée, plus a deliciously spiced sauce.
The verdict? Again, “Simply superb in Bergerac.”