When we travel we seek out restaurants serving local cuisine. Le Palmier was a pleasant surprise in that it offered French specialties at reasonable prices. We tried it for dinner and were especially pleased with the grilled duck breast, and chicken salad, which admittedly is not a classic of French cuisine, but good in taste as well as portion. We remarked to one another that the portions were very generous. The next day when my husband and nephew went for a canoe ride, we decided to meet back at Le Palmier for lunch. Knowing I had a long wait, I opted for a main course of foie gras served with a sweet and tart raisin chutney. After one forkful I didn't care how much time they took to meet up at the restaurant, I was busy savoring each morsel. It was hard to believe the low price of 13.50 euro.
When my traveling companions arrived, I was halfway into a dessert of fruit sorbets made from apricots and red currants. After they ordered their lunch, they shared another bowl of ice cream in salted caramel and pine nut flavors. All were equally delicious. The kitchen was closed by the time they arrived, so they ordered sandwiches. The tuna, along with the ham and cheese baguettes were fresh, inexpensive and satisfying, But I believe the clear winners for my canoe enthusiasts were the beers. The Belgian Leffe was a hit, but even more so was the Pelforth Brune, since they had not yet tried a French beer. It compares favorably with any Belgian beer.
Pizza from a French restaurant in the heart of the Dordogne? Unless it's covered in foie gras, it shouldn't even be on the menu. I once overheard a tourist complaining about not being able to find a hot dog in Italy. We've rarely been disappointed with local specialties. We're returning to La Roque in September and will definitely go back to Le Palmier.
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