Comfort Food in Mouliets-et-Villemartin

Photo: Amit Burman.

Located off the beaten path, away from the sleepy town of Castillon and overlooking the Dordogne river, La Table Rouge is one of those restaurants you remember for the rest of your life.

Run by a husband and wife team (Kate is from Liverpool, but we will forgive her that), the place is nothing short of simplistic brilliance set in a quiet inlet on the banks of the Dordogne. This is comfort food done right and without the Michelin bells and decorative whistles that blight other restaurants of this quality. This is corroborated by the recommendation of France’s slow food movement – Le Fooding (an anti-Michelin guide) who rate this as one of the best restaurants in France. Yet the quality is not matched by sky-high prices (entrees 7-10 euros and mains 15-25 euros).

We started with bone marrow and toast served with three types of sea salt – unctuous bliss. We followed with a slow-cooked shank of lamb and lasagne with fresh homemade pasta — each was simply delicious. Dessert was a simple pot of chocolate mousse, but there was nothing simple about its quality. Wine was produced by the vineyard next door – you don’t get more locally sourced than that. Put simply, if you are in the area, go eat here.

Make sure you get a table outside and in the middle of the terrace for an unbroken view of the Dordogne.

La Table Rouge
66bis Avenue de la Dordogne
Cancadoual
33350 Mouliets et Villemartin
05 57 48 51 15
http://www.latablerouge.com

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Correspondent:Amit Burman

Originally from England, Amit has lived between New York and Washington over the last 8 years. Having worked for the World Bank Group, Amit has travelled extensively professionally and personally. His deep interest in good food and great bars ensures that he never travels without doing his research. He is currently based in Washington, D.C.