Ok, so we're from Perth where a glass of wine costs upwards of AUD$10..when we see decent glasses of wine coming in at three euros a go, we get excited. I'll start with the end ie the bill because it was such a pleasant surprise - just 63 euros for two people, who left well and truly sated and happy.
This lovely restaurant is situated immediately next to Chateau de Palaja, where we were staying. The service was very good indeed - wonderfully friendly and helpful yet completely non intrusive. For those that struggle with the French language, the waiters translated everything item by item with extreme patience and also advised on dietary needs eg what has lactose etc. To some of us, this really matters!
The ambience is bang on and the temperature perfect. To start with, a glass of wine for him and the usual water for me. Lightly toasted grainy bread with a delicious tapenade arrived followed by a shared starter of a charcuterie platter, together with a generous serving of breads (which kept coming the entire meal - a seemingly endless supply!). The platter comprised a range of salamis, cold meats and a wonderful pate together with a side salad - a great starter. Mains were duck for him (which he raved about), and a steak for me cooked on the rare side of medium rare on request and delivered to me exactly as ordered - fantastic. I skipped out on the mushroom sauce that accompanied the dish due to the lactose but had the side salad and indulged in the fries, or 'chips' depending on where you hail from - which were fantastic (as chips go). Completely full, we skipped out on dessert but rest assured there are plenty to choose from and at least one that can be rendered lactose free..and that isn't fruit salad either! Coffee was also skipped and we paid and headed the few metres back to our room. All up, my partner had three glasses of a lovely wine (house wine) and as before, the bill was just over the 60 euro mark. Superb on value alone and with the added bonus that the food quality was very good.
We differed slightly on how good - my partner rated this up there with the best while I was slightly more conservative, feeling that it fell short of the amazing meal we'd had in Creissels near Millau the night before. So, apparently the duck here is the dish to have here! A lovely part of the world and a great meal - recommended.
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