On arrival we were greeted with a smile by Fanny and directed to our perfect set table. Everything was good, from appetisers to desserts with a succession of scents, textures and taste of exquisite foods presented like piece of art on our plates. The quality ingredients with perfect and precise cooking excites the taste buds. A refined and discrete service in a warm atmosphere. Bravo !
wine: Sancerre blanc, Domaine du Carrou, 2012
Bright and intense colour with gold highlights. Elegant and subtle aromas of citrus (pink grapefruit and lemon) but mostly yellow peach . Perfect acidity and refreshing notes of sweet pear, provide a pleasurable palate. Great match and accompaniment to the foie gras and the lamb dishes. Their wine list is quite expensive.
a delectable and rich foie gras cooked in low temperature and served cold, with strawberry compote and liquor and rhubarb and pepper cream.
Main: a melt in the mouth lamb cooked sousvide, mini leeks, garlic black, emulsion of rosemary, reduction jus served with the most delicious mash potatoes.
modern and fresh take to cooking using quality, fresh and local ingredients. Perfect!
prices : gourmet menu at € 39 (starter + main course + dessert to choose à la carte) night; tasting menu € 57 (6-course); lunch menu (weekdays only) 23 € (starter + main course + dessert)
La Table d'Olivier - booking recommended
3 Rue Saint-Ambroise, 19100 Brive-la-Gaillarde, France
Phone:+33 5 55 18 95 95
Saturday Market in Brive
Apart from fruits and vegetables, poultry, cheeses, these markets offer a wide range of local produce such as mushrooms, liqueurs, foie gras ... Brive la Gaillarde market also offer a wide variety of clothing, shoes, hosiery, haberdashery, leisure, tableware, furniture ...
figs stuffed with foie gras - amazing texture and taste and local seller a service with a smile.
|a family business|
The region is well known by their walnut plantations and specialist restaurants, museums, local markets, walnut farms, craft merchants, and distillery using the Périgord walnuts.
In 2002 the region won the Appellation d'Origine (AOC) "Noix du Périgord" for fresh walnuts, dried walnuts and walnut kernels.
the copper cauldrons and the century-old tuns that mature liqueurs mysteriously and silently.
This farm house is situated near Martel about 30 minutes from Brive and the building dates from the XV century. They produce the majority of the food they serve in the restaurant. Their menu follow the seasons , home cooking style and it's fresh.
|Asparagus soup with sourdough farm bread and walnuts!|
|green salad with white asparagus and smoked duck and the farm cookbook|
duck confit on a bed of crushed potatoes and a marvellous desert!
|dessert: acacia beignet, walnut souffle topped with meringue, walnut cake and chocolate sauce - amazing!!|
|making walnut oil|
The farm specialised in foie gras, duck and lamb, walnuts, walnut oil and walnut appetiser
Price: between 18 et 24 € and children : 8 €
Ferme Auberge Moulin a l'Huile de Noix
Route St Denis, 46600 Martel, France
Phone:+33 5 65 37 40 69
PS: I got the farm cookbook - beautifully photographed, inspirational and glorious recipes.
That is the end of my Dordogne adventure for now at least. I hope to go back one day it's such a beautiful and uplifting region of France.
|Back in the UK : I made Gateau aux Noix with walnut oil and Denoix liquor with black pepper ice cream - inspired by Madane Marie-Claude Castagne, Madame Sylvie Denoix, and Michelin diner at 'La Table d'Olivier' - amazing!|
Disclosure: I was a guest of Brive Vallee Dordogne Tourist Board . I received no further remuneration. I retained full editorial control over this and other related posts. all views are my own.