Service beyond the expected

8 August 2017

We have been visiting La Belle Etoile restaurant in La Roque Gageac in the Dordogne since 2001. Our girls were then aged 15 and 11 respectively and one of the great treats for them was the amuse bouche that was an amazing “cepes veloute”.

Cepes mushrooms are not for the faint hearted – they look pretty disgusting and you wouldn’t naturally trust them. However, they are a great delicacy and particularly sought after.

La Belle Etoile restaurant remains a firm favourite

A couple of weeks ago, our youngest (now 28) registered her dismay that the amuse bouche was a beetroot and black fruit gazpacho – still delicious but not the “favourite cepes”. We returned for dinner a few days later and noted that all the guests had a chilled melon as an amuse bouche, so we were delighted and surprised when from the kitchen came four cups of the “cepes veloute” along with a kilner jar full of the nectar to take home with us.

That is surely above and beyond one’s expectations! It also makes us want to return and indeed La Belle Etoile restaurant is one of our favourites and excellent value for money. Regis still has a full kitchen brigade and has resisted any dumbing down over the years despite being in one of the most popular villages of the Dordogne.