When we paid l’addition (the bill), the heretofore French-speaking waiter announced in perfect English, “You can visit the cave if you like.” pointing to a glass door inside the restaurant.
Hm . . . curiosity got the better of me so I walked back, opened the glass door and entered a real cave. There were cave paintings on the walls, a little spring and water dripping from the ceiling. I have no idea if the paintings are genuine cave art but the cave was certainly genuine. Fun!
Update: We returned to the Auberge Mirandol this year and asked the waiter if the cave paintings were real. He said the cave certainly is real and feeds the famous fountain next door, but the cave paintings are reproductions. Mystery solved . . . and the meal was excellent.
Favorite Dish: We walked through Sarlat looking at restaurant menus . . . our never-ending search for lunch each day . . . and we had decided on the Mirandol, so at noon, we headed back. It's colorful and charming and near the old goose market. You can sit outside but it was rather warm so we decided to go inside, sit by a window and look out at the constant parade of people.
The service was good; the food delicious and the view out the window great fun. For 11 euros we got excellent crudités and magret de canard with potatoes sarladaises and haricots verts. The potatoes sarladaises is a local dish served nearly everywhere and we loved it.
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 2011: We returned to Le Perigord as soon as we got to the Dordogne. It was our first choice for dinner . . . and we enjoyed it even more than before. The owner's wife actually remembered us from spring 2010. We were impressed. The menu was even better than before, perhaps because Autumn is our favorite food time of year, but it was a treat. Highly recommended.
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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."
We ate in an inside courtyard. The welcome and service were attentive. Our requests were fulfilled. It acquired new proprietors in 2008. Reviews before then were bad to above average for the price. New reviews are not posted. (Le Guide Joker) Aside from a continued middle price range this is not the same restaurant we visited. One of the recent complaints regarded their total tolerance for smokers. Check before you sit down. It is described as Traditional or Terroir.
Favorite Dish: We planned our menu and found a spot by asking. It consisted of 1) foie de gras 2) omelettes aux truffes 3)fromage and 4)vin du pays en pichet. It was late (near 2 PM) and there were no other diners.
The spelling for "Bistrot" is correct. This is a very good place to eat dinner. The menu consists mostly of various forms of Canard (duck) as is the case with most other restaurants in Sarlat -- the location and atmosphere are very nice -- the service is very good -- the food is well prepared by a fairly talented chef -- prices are reasonable -- all in all , a pleasant experience. This restaurant was crowded an hour after this photo was taken -- the French eat late. This picture shows the local Ochre-colored stone fairly well.
Favorite Dish: The 3 of us had 3 different Canard dishes and all were very good and some even included a Truffle (rarist & most expensive of mushrooms) sauce.
Strictly Italian ~ comfortable and welcoming restaurant, with excellent service.
Favorite Dish: The pasta was divine (I had something with gorgonzola, mom has lasagna)and desserts were just as good. Top it off with some wine for an extremely satisfying meal.