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“A jewel in Cajarc”
Review of L'Allee des Vignes

L'Allee des Vignes
Ranked #1 of 16 Restaurants in Cajarc
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $26 - $81
Cuisines: French, Contemporary, International
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Reviewed July 17, 2013

You may think I have swallowed a dictionary of superlatives, or that I have some vested interested in this restaurant, but neither are true; this is simply the best restaurant I have even been to. A good restaurant has to offer a mix of good food, good service and lovely comfortable surroundings and this offers all three in abundance!

I am always nervous that each eagerly anticipated visit will end up a disappointment as I have this restaurant on such a pedestal, but the exact opposite occurs. Every visit simply reinforces our love of this restaurant.

The ambiance is simple but chic and the outside dining area is enchanting. The menu is limited without being restrictive and the food is perfect in every way; never over engineered and the chef/proprietor manages to execute the perfect balance of flavours, no flavour ever too dominant so that the subtlety of every dish can be enjoyed. He will also always try to accommodate his guest’s preferences.

We again dined on foie gras; this time cooked with caramel and cider and served on a bed of 'mash' ....the best combination I have ever tasted. We then ate tenderloin of pork, served with a beautiful morel jus, a millefeuille of potato and the most exquisite carrot and cumin puree .....how can he always get it so right!

We finished with their selection of desserts, which must never be passed over. The selection is never the same twice and just when we think we have eaten the most delicious, the next dessert on the plate throws yet another surprise.

The owners of this lovely restaurant always make time for their Customers and ensure they understand their customers and their needs. The carafes of water are never left empty, the bread basket constantly replenished with warm homemade rolls and the warm and engaging staff ensure they are always available but never intrusive. They also treat children with the same level of respect and care as they do their adult guests, which, from my experience, is extremely rare.

They have just introduced a new wine list, which is ideal for us as it guides you through your particular wine taste preferences, rather that confusing you with region; so if your preference is for a dry, fruity white you can find it with ease. We again went for the absolutely delicious Sancerre.

This restaurant is beginning to become really well known, so it is now advisable to book in advance, although they always try their best to accommodate you without a booking if feasible.

Again I would say, NEVER go to Cajarc without visiting this restaurant ....in fact try to find a way of visiting it, where ever you are in France!

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Thank barneyquinn
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Claude-Emmanuel R, Propriétaire at L'Allee des Vignes, responded to this reviewResponded August 3, 2013

Dear Amanda,
Thank you so much for your three comments for our restaurant that we couldn’t leave without our answer. We apologise that we took all this time for that, summer time is always the busiest period of the year.
It is absolutely fabulous to read that you always enjoy your dinner at L’Allée and that you are always impressed with every aspect of your meal and service.
All your descriptions and your writtings are absolutely fantastic, thank you so much for taking time for that. These encouragments make us continue in a well-balanced way between our passion and guest’s satisfaction. Thank you again,

It is always a pleasure and we are looking forward to welcoming you in our restaurant again.

Best regards,
Evgenia & Claude-Emmanuel ROBIN

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Reviewed June 8, 2013 via mobile

We arrived in Cajarc early on a rainy Saturday and decided to have a lovely lunch.
We couldn't have asked for a more pleasant way to spend the afternoon. The atmosphere was congenial, the food delicious, and the staff very well trained. Without a reservation, we got the last table.
We had the menu du jour with carpaccio of foie gras, dos de merlu and tarte au citron. The patron suggested an amazing wine from Cahors. At 18 euros per menu, we felt it was excellent value. Of course we needed a nap for the rest of the rainy afternoon.

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Thank CatherineofDurham
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

well presented, beautifully prepared with a clever and balanced menu which reflects local specialities as well as the skill of the chef. Very clever structure to the menu which allows you to taste/experience courses as a digestif, starter or main course.

Thank robert j
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

by far the best restaurant in the area, always very creative food and an excellent environments to. At its best in the summer when you can eat outside on the terrasse

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Thank stu_le_brew
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Reviewed May 22, 2013

We were two couples at lunch today (to celebrate a birthday)--including a former chef and sommelier in a three star restaurant, and ourselves who have lived in Paris, New York and other gastronomic capitals and enjoy good restaurants. We were delighted by the warmth of the welcome, the originality of the cuisine, the quality of the cave, the "gout" of the ambience, and the total experience. Each dish offered fresh clean tastes, cusiine prepared with subtility and savor. And though we couldn't stay for dinner (as much as we would have liked), that was not even the "gourmet" meal, which is served in the evening. Reasonably priced, with the menu du jour at 17 Euros. Can't wait to go back.

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Thank Chemins-du-monde
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