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Tarn and Tarn et Garonne mini-report: L'Epicurien, La Falaise, L'Ancienne Auberge

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Tarn and Tarn et Garonne mini-report: L'Epicurien, La Falaise, L'Ancienne Auberge

degustazione | Sep 30, 2012 02:51 PM

Given the excellent dinners served at our b&b (Domaine La Borie Grande near Cordes), we had dinner out only once (at La Falaise). Thus the somewhat short list here:

L'Epicurien (Albi): Lunch. Unlike almost any restaurant I've been to in the South, this one feels like it's lifted straight out of Paris, both in terms of the nice streamlined decor and the professional service. The food is excellent. We both took the menu of the day, which included a good salad with small shrimps and lettuce, and a better sliced sirloin over mashed potatoes with mushrooms. The dessert was a cold soupe of fruits rouges. Good wine list including local Gaillac wines. Only drawback of this place is it is a bit of a walk (through what is currently a square undergoing construction) from the main sites of the town, namely the cathedral and the toulouse-lautrec museum. Wonderful town to visit.

La Falaise (Cahuzac sur Vere): Dinner. we had the tasting menu which started very strong but then declined somewhat toward the end. Excellent foie gras starter with apple slices and a small dollop of apple sauce, as well as some other elements I am now forgetting. Excellent small langoustine. The fish (I think it was loup de mer but can't recall) was slightly overdone. The wild duck was good but a bit gamey for my taste, though this is perhaps what should be expected in this type of duck. Desserts were ok. Probably worth another try.

L'Ancienne Auberge (Puycelci): Lunch. Very homey room, but with tables (of beautiful copper finish) oddly packed together when there is plenty of open space. The prix fixe was an excellent deal and the main (fish with a romesco sauce) was good enough. They have a fancier restaurant which apparently is open only for dinner a few nights a week. That menu looked quite good.

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