We’ve walked by this restaurant in the St. Catherine’s area several times and always thought about dropping in. But it wasn’t until after we visited another French restaurant in Brussels (St. Boniface) that we decided to stop in here to compare the two. Lintillac specializes in food from the Dordogne; St. Boniface is a brasserie that, while it has food from many French regions, has some very good dishes from the Southwest of France.
We started off with a classic goose liver pate. The perfect starter. Rich but not too much so. And served with sweet gelatin on the side. Many restaurants add something crunchy to the dish, a nut of some sort, and I like that to make the texture of the plate complete. That was the only shortcoming with this dish. The slightly gimmicky touch – you are served a basket of bread and there is a toaster on the table for you to toast your own bread. Probably something the kids would love. One advantage – the toast is always warm if you are taking your time eating the appetizer.
We had two main courses we shared – a cassoulet and duck confit. Both were very good. The cassoulet was better at St. Bonaface because of the special beans they use. These beans were a little on the large side and felt a little soft – perhaps a tad overcooked. The confit was tasty and not too salty.
We had a good wine from Bergerac.
Total price for the meal was around 65 Euros, which seemed like a bargain to us. It’s not the highest-end French food you will get but worth the visit. We give it a “four” rating because average just wouldn’t be fair. But it would be on the low end of the “four” scale.
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