I must admit this restaurant was our second choice. We couldn't find the place we were looking for so saw this pleasant-looking restaurant with outside seating overlooking the Dordogne River. The setting was lovely, the food quite satisfactory and the day utterly beautiful.
We got a table on the patio overlooking Gabares Caminade and Norbert boat trips on the Dordogne River.
This is also an auberge and has 12 hotel rooms for rent. It looks rather spare but the view simply can't be beat. You are directly in La Roque Gageac and across the street from the Dordogne River. There is hotel parking and tennis courts next door.
Favorite Dish: Both of us got the asparagus starter with a garlic cream sauce, the confit de canard with greens and pommes sarladaises with ice cream for dessert. They make their own ice cream and it is fabulous. It's worth a stop just for an ice cream on a warm afternoon.
In the Dordogne Pommes Sarladaises are served as often as French fries elsewhere in France. They are a cross between potatoes au gratin and pan fried potatoes. We absolutely loved them. Each restaurant uses a slightly different seasoning and we enjoyed them all.
Confit de canard (preserved duck) is another local specialty and you can't go wrong with it. The duck is cooked and preserved in duck fat, then cooked again before serving so it has to be tender. I suspect you can't ruin confit de canard and it is always a safe menu choice.
The first time we visited La Roque Gageac, we were looking for Le Perigord Restaurant that has a La Roque address. After driving through town three times and not finding it, we opted for another restaurant. As fate would have it, driving home after dinner, we saw a sign to Le Perigord. It is several kilometers out of town and north on highway D46 toward Sarlat. The next day we returned for lunch and it was so good we returned several more times within the next two weeks.
It is 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.
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.
Update: As soon as we arrived in the Dordogne this year, we zipped right to Le Perigord to see if it was just as good as we remembered. It was. We hadn't been there for 16 months and the owner remembered us . . . and remembered we had not had our daughter with us before. We introduced our daughter and caught up on all the happenings nearby and then had a marvelous 4-course dinner. Highly recommended; excellent food; lovely setting.
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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.