La Belle Etoile

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Régis et Théo Ongaro © GP

La Roque-Gageac : les délices de la Belle Etoile

Article: june 5th 2017 
Source: www.gillespudlowski.com

A balcony overlooking the most beautiful river in the world from the terrace of one of the most beautiful villages in France: this is the house of the Ongaro who welcome there with kindness and modesty. Régis, who represents the 3rd generation present here, once worked at the Martinez in Cannes, under the orders of Christian Willer, and at the Palais in Biarritz, with Jean-Marie Gautier. He has not lost any of the good lessons learned, but knows how to distill them with generosity and simplicity, adapting them to the liking of the Périgord terroir.

Ragoût d’asperges et morilles © GP
Ragoût d’asperges et morilles © GP

Her son, Théo, still a student at the nearby Souillac hotel school, gives her a hand during public holidays, weekends and vacations. The menu-carte, declined with science, renewed with the ideas of the moment, playing the soil and the seasons with science, makes you want to take pension. We start with the freshness of beets with red fruits. We continue with the excellent foie gras poached in spicy Cahors wine and its vanilla pear mousse or the fine creamy asparagus stew with morels, both perfectly balanced.

Carré d’agneau au jus au thym © GP
Carré d’agneau au jus au thym © GP

We still feast with the supreme of farm chicken stuffed with morels and porcini mushrooms, flanked by a vanilla parsnip mousseline, as with the splendid rack of lamb roasted with thyme, with its new potatoes with sour cream, its juice lamb with lemon. We give in to regional wines offered by the glass: fresh white montravel from Château Moulin Caresse, solid and full-bodied pechermant from Château Tiregand.

Gratin de fraise à la pistache et brioche perdue © GP
Gratin de fraise à la pistache et brioche perdue © GP

We finish with the pretty "one hundred percent" chocolate or the elegant Mara des Bois strawberry gratin with its (exquisite) pistachio sabayon and brioche perdue. What a gentle house, offered as a tribute to French gentleness, which reigns as a demanding mistress on these peaceful surroundings facing the barges!

Vue de la terrasse © GP
View from the terrasse © GP

La Belle Etoile

24250 La Roque-Gageac
Tél. 05 53 29 51 44
Chambres : 70-150 €
Menus : 28 (formule, déj.), 32, 55 €
Horaires : 12h30-13h30, 19h30-21h
Fermeture hebdo. : Lundi, mercredi midi