Comfort food at the new café

Today my wife Jan and I had our first chance to try the food at Daglan’s new café, having previously just had an afternoon coffee there, and here’s my report. You may recall that I wrote about the café on January 6, in “Lose a tea room, gain a café,” the day after it opened. Here’s some of what I wrote then:

The new place is called Café de la Fleur, and it’s the project of Charlotte and Robin Chantal, who have moved here from Denmark — in search of better weather, as Charlotte told me last night.

This is a wonderful development for our village, as the café is located in what was Le Bistroquet, an inn-café-bar that became increasingly run down under some pretty dubious management, and had been on sale for quite a while. It’s at the south end of the village, and across from Le Thé Vert, separated by only a few parking spaces, the road, and a court for playing boules.

That blog posting was notable for lacking any photos, as the few photos I had taken were somehow lost. So here’s a look at the bar and a few of the tables, from where Jan and I were sitting today:

The bar at Café de la Fleur.

The bar at Café de la Fleur.

And here’s another look, showing the basic menu du jour on a slate on the wall — an entrée, a plat principal, a coffee, and a glass of wine or beer or other drink, for 12 euros:

There's a new two-course menu each day.

There’s a new two-course menu each day.

Our very pleasant (and wonderfully tri-lingual) Swedish waitress served us promptly, starting with a kir each:

A glass of kir to begin our lunch.

A glass of kir to begin our lunch.

Then it was on to the food. I ordered the daily special, which began with a large serving of chicken salad — slices of tender chicken breast, with mixed greens and sliced tomato. There were nice touches, such as a light dressing and pumpkin seeds sprinkled over the greens. The portion was so generous that I gave Jan a couple slices of the chicken to munch, while she waited for her main course. Here’s my plate:

A generous serving of chicken salad.

A generous serving of chicken salad.

My plat principal was a dish of roast pork slices — tender and moist, with a rich mushroom gravy — served with creamy mashed potatoes and some sliced raw vegetables. It was good and comforting, but a bit too much, even for me. (As our waitress pointed out, however, “too much” is better than “too little.” And a goodly number of their lunch customers will be workers, who are known for their healthy appetites.)

In the background of the photo below  you can see a huge bowl of very good, crisp French fries that Jan ordered with her hamburger (she ordered off the à la carte menu, which includes several types of burger, and simple items like a croque monsieur). Here’s my pork dish:

Moist and tender pork with very good mashed potatoes.

Moist and tender pork with very good mashed potatoes.

So we came away feeling that we’d eaten well, and received good value. At 12 euros, the daily menu seems well priced to bring back the customers. Jan’s cheeseburger was 8 euros, the fries were 4 euros, and glasses of wine ranged from 3 euros to 5 euros.

So far, so good!

This entry was posted in Cafés in France, Food, French food, Life in southwest France, Restaurants in France, Restaurants in the Dordogne, Wine and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

5 Responses to Comfort food at the new café

  1. Sam says:

    Yummy Dalanase comfort food!

  2. James Douglas Curson says:

    Looks promising!

  3. James Douglas Curson says:

    Missing your blog – hope all is OK.

  4. James Douglas Curson says:

    Good to hear that.

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