Pot de Fer Domme: Fun, friendly, good budget restaurant
We arrived in Domme and walked to the restaurant a friend had recommended and it was closed. I took a photo and we walked on.
At the corner we saw a sign to Pot de Fer Domme! We quickly found it and the special for the day was three favorites so we entered. It had turned into a beautiful day so we sat outside under a big umbrella and beside a long fountain with gold fish. Madame assured us the fish were not lunch!
The owners were wait staff and chef and were wonderful. As the afternoon wore on, the chef came out and walked round the tables talking to all of us.
If you travel out of season, the restaurant is closed from Oct. 1 to April 30. Otherwise, I highly recommend it.
UPDATE: A friend visited Domme recently and said this restaurant was closed. A shame because it was good and very friendly with reasonable prices. There are several very nice restaurants in Domme so you won't go hungry. We haven't eaten at Cabanoix et Châtaigne but another friend has and it's her favorite restaurant in Domme. You'll find it at 3 rue Geoffroy de Vivans and the phone is +33 (0)5 53 31 07 11 if you want to try them. That's what we were looking for the day we found Pot de Fer, but it was closed. Sometimes traveling out of season means missing a few things . . .
Favorite Dish: Here's my Journal entry for the meal:
We ordered the 17.90 euro daily special with a crudité starter; main course of roast leg of duck, cooked julienne vegetables, baby potatoes and a marvelous couscous vinaigrette with late summer vegetables followed by a very rich cassis sorbet with currents in it.
Add some espresso and it was a wonderful meal. We got a Domme wine that was okay but not memorable. The chef came out and stopped at each table. It was great fun and very good food.
(They have a weekday noon special for 9.90 euros that is a real bargain.)
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Le Poivriére: Fun, good food, right on the square
We read the book "A Castle in My Back Yard" before going to the Dordogne and wanted to try L'Esplanade Restaurant. Well, we got there, admired the views, looked at the menu and didn't find anything that appealed to us. Tastes are very individual and the authors obviously enjoyed different foods . . . or this was a different season.
At any rate, we decided to check a few more menus in town and found Le Poivriére down the street by the old market building (now a grotto entrance). The menu looked good; it was inexpensive; it was well located, so we went in.
We were seated outside on a beautiful day. The service was excellent and the food delicious. Perfect . . .
Favorite Dish: A pleasant place with a great 14.50 euro menu. We got the hot goat cheese salad starter; Ed got coq au vin Bergerac and I got confit de canard. For dessert Ed had a walnut cake and I got the duo chocolat, white and dark chocolate puddings. The meal was excellent . . . meat cooked to perfection and tasty sides.
The walnut cake is a local specialty and you can buy them at many nearby shops. The confit de canard (duck) is another local specialty that is almost foolproof as a lunch order. It is preserved duck that is then cooked and the double cooking absolutely insures it will be tender.
One of your side dishes will nearly always be potatoes sarladaises that are the Dordogne answer to French fries. These are somewhat like American pan fried potatoes only fried in duck fat and packed into a loaf dish and apparently baked. We had them nearly every day and absolutely loved them. In taste they approach potatoes au gratin more than fried potatoes. We never found any to be greasy, just tender and tasty.
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﻿Hotel-Restaurant Le Perigord: Culinary magic in the countryside
A Logis de France hotel set in a beautiful garden with a pool, tennis and parking. It is an easy walk to the Dordogne River and a 5-10 minute drive to Domme and La Roque Gageac . . . or Cenac et St. Julien where we had rented a small farmhouse. It is a few km south of Sarlat la Canéda and well worth the short drive. Plenty of parking!
The owner of Le Perigord and his wife met at the culinary school in Lausanne Switzerland and they have a fabulous restaurant. The hotel is charming, the grounds are beautiful, the location is lovely . . . but the restaurant is fabulous.
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Favorite Dish: Here's my journal entry for the first time we ate at Le Perigord. We returned several times and it seemed to get better each time. We loved it.
"We both ordered the Panier du Jour and with his Ed got the fish and I got the beef. Both were excellent. We started with a walnut aperitif and an amuse bouche of tomato conserve with rocket mousse followed by soup of canais with rocket mousse. We ended with a unique creme brûlée (nouvelle) with a very thick creme Anglais sprinkled with chocolate bits. The food and service were fabulous."
The "special du jour" is called "The Panier" at Le Perigord. Don't know why but it is the special. If you have questions, the owners speak several languages fluently, including English and German.
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Name unknown but the location is next to parking: Great Food at a reasonable price
The restaurant was situated right next to the walls and had a terrific view of the Dordogne valley. The seating was all under umbrellas and was perfect in the nice weather. The waitresses were very helpful and friendly even though they were very busy. The food was not gourmet, but just everyday good French food with very reasonable prices. A great place to have lunch.