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“Consistently excellent” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Le Saint-Jacques

Le Saint-Jacques
39 Av Foch, 19400 Argentat, France
+33 (0)5 55 28 89 87
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Ranked #1 of 14 Restaurants in Argentat
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Consistently excellent”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2011

I find it a little embarrassing to write this, because in the 8 years or so since Patrick & Elisabeth Ceaux have taken over this restaurant, they have become friends of mine. For one reason, really, because I admire Patrick's cooking. He is a great rarity in the world of chefs. Someone with a wonderful subtlety of touch, combined with a trenchant ability to criticise his cooking.

Firmly modern, French Haute Cuisine, he combines wonderful food (try his foie gras in a mashed potato shell, or his dish of roast veal and sweetbread ) with very attractive presentation.

The restaurant has a very reasonably priced "menu d'appel" two courses chosen by the chef for €14 during the week. At the weekend, only their two, pricier top menus are available. The service is friendly and competent, but the wine list is boring, in my view. A lot of safe choices. There are some perfectly decent wines, but it is clear from the choice that there's no one who really makes it a passion. Sadly this is pretty well true everywhere else in the Correze.

Whenever I eat here, I ask myself "How did he do that, how on earth did he think of that combination?"

This is where I go if I want to have a real treat.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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