Our trip to Bergerac last month left us salivating for the tastes of Périgord. To satisfy our cravings, we headed for Lille’s south-west themed restaurant on Saturday.
Quite why it’s taken us nearly a year to try it out, I don’t know – after all, it’s about 50m from our front door.
Called Le Domaine de Chavagnac, it is known for its delicious take on the flavours of the south west. In fact, it’s so popular, it has two branches here in Lille. (There’s also one in Arras, in the neighbouring département of Pas-de-Calais.)
Perhaps surprisingly, it was a friend in London who alerted me to it. She and her wife make sure to book a table every time they come to Lille, she told me.
So, last weekend, we followed their example.
“We felt like we had been transported to Bergerac, which is funny, as that is where we are spending this weekend”
To start with, I had a plate of fruit – a fig, a prune and an apricot – each stuffed with foie gras. It was delicious. The sweetness of the fruit complemented the liver perfectly.
Damon had a salade de chèvre chaud, which was also terrific.
For our mains, I had duck breast with a slice of foie gras pâté on top, with a side of potatoes that had been sautéed in duck fat. Heaven.
Damon had the parmentier de canard – a sort of shepherd’s pie but made with chunky pieces of duck.
To accompany it, we had a bottle of the Château Tour des Gendres’ La Gloire de mon Père cuvee. It’s an oak-aged Côtes de Bergerac blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. We know it from our visits to the south west.
We felt like we had been transported to Bergerac.
Which is funny, as that is where we are spending this weekend. We are back at our friend Keeley’s house in Castillonnès, about 20km south of Bergerac.
We’ve arranged to meet friends for dinner tonight. Something tells me duck and foie gras are likely to take pride of place on the menu…