A couple of weeks ago, I described an enjoyable journey that we took from Daglan to Monpazier (“A lovely market-day lunch,” May 14). I went on to suggest that if you were looking for a good place to visit on a Thursday, Monpazier would be it — offering a double treat. Here’s how I put it:
Treat No. 1 is that Thursday is market day in Monpazier, and the central square is always filled with stalls — with vendors offering everything from vegetables to jewellery.
Treat No. 2 is that you could try the special lunch (served only on Thursdays) at Restaurant Eléonore in the Hôtel Edward 1, a charming hotel named for the English king who founded Monpazier in 1284.
Today we did it again, with great friends Keith and Kathy from Toronto, and all of us agreed that Restaurant Eléonore is a most pleasant lunch destination.
The four of us began with cocktails in the bar, and then went in to the dining room itself. The menu is set, although Chef did alter some dishes to provide a completely gluten-free meal for my wife Jan. The entrée was oeufs en mimosa, which consisted of a hard-boiled egg, drizzled with a green herbal sauce and placed atop a nice selection of garden herbs. Here’s my plate:
The main course, or plat principal, was a pavé or square of merlu (hake, a member of the cod family), stacked with a variety of vegetables and napped with a beurre blanc sauce. Here’s my serving:
With these courses we enjoyed a well-chilled Sancerre, and then finished our meal with large servings of tiramisu with lots of dark chocolate, and coffees.
Price for the three courses is just 24.50 euros, and so this is a lunch that’s as reasonable as it is enjoyable. Do give it a try!