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“Best of the week”
Review of Chez Julien

Chez Julien
Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Paunat
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: Located in grounds & buildings of abbey
Reviewed July 4, 2014

We have eaten very well this week in Dordogne, but Julien comes out just on top. We hit a rainy day for lunch so were denied the outdoor setting looking at the famous Abbey. Even so indoors was charming. The dishes are on one side of a chalkboard, wines on the other. We chose a E23 menu. There is also an a la carte list. First we had snails and a fish terrine, both terrific in their own way, then a piece of lamb shoulder and a wonderful stuffed breast of Guinea hen with foie gras sauce. We then shared a cheese plate and a triple chocolate gateau. A bottle of rose was another E10. Service was excellent. It is not right to compare a restaurant like this with certain other expensive, acclaimed ones, but we would go back in a flash.

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Reviewed June 29, 2014

Relaxing over a slow lunch in the sunshine or dinner on a warm evening on the balcony at Chez Juliens is, for us, one of life’s great pleasures. The combination of good food and the wonderful setting has lured us back several times over the past decade and we have not been disappointed. We recently turned up for lunch, with our friends who first introduced us to this restaurant, on a hot June day. We had white asparagus for starters, scallops in an orange sauce on a bed of creamy risotto which was supurb and which my wife followed with the inevitable crème bruleé which she claims is the best anywhere. Julien’s extremely relaxed sommelier in an Hawaiian style shirt and chinos suggested a perfect local Bergerac Sauvignon Blanc wine from the extensive wine list to accompany our meal. We will be back.

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1  Thank Bantai
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Reviewed June 26, 2014

We have recently visited Chez Julien twice having spent a week in the beautiful village of Paunat. The first occasion we visited with two friends who are particularly fussy about food, having read previous reviews I wasn't too concerned however as this place exceeded all our expectations. First of all the glorious setting where the restaurant sits, followed by a very warm welcome including our dog, enjoying an excellent glass of champagne whilst we perused the menu. We were not rushed at all, and spent a few hours enjoying the delicious food and wine. The service is superb and we left feeling like we were regulars. The second evening surpassed the first evening and as they knew we were bringing our little dog they gave us the same outside corner table without having to ask. There is such thoughtfulness in the running of this restaurant and long may it reign. Hopefully we can return very soon, always advisable to book in summer months.

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1  Thank takenocrap
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Reviewed June 16, 2014 via mobile

We had a lovely meal sat out on the terrace watching the swifts catch their dinner . Had the langoustine starter and steak main course with cheese board . Julian was very knowledgeable and took the time to explain all of the food to us including how to make the lovely foam that accompanied my wife's starter . Good wine selections and very good English spoken though we did try French . Paunat is a beautiful place and this restaurant compliments it nicely . Best restaurant we visited in the dordogne by some distance . Wish we lived closer

1  Thank Rikitiki123
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Reviewed June 8, 2014

Have not eaten here for some time & this return visit with friends from New York did not disappoint. This is such a beautiful setting in the tiny village of Paunat. If you are staying in either Tremolat or going to Le Bugue or Limeuil it is a must but it is ESSENTIAL to book as it is not a large restaurant & is often fully booked even 2 or more days in advance during summer months. The food is excellent & beautifully presented,charming service not intrusive or over the top & gorgeous setting;there are tables outside in the beautiful garden which is overlooked by the monumental medieval abbey (worth going to have a look either before or after lunch). Amongst our table to start we had escargot cooked perfectly in lots of butter & garlic,terrine,delicious scallops with orange,sweet breads that issued a lot of ohhs & ahhs from the recipient & perfectly cooked guinea fowl.Only one out of our 5 managed a dessert,which of course was my son who had to sample the chocolate moelleux which must have been good as no-one was offered a taste!! Good,reasonably priced wine list.

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