I'm submitting this for the second time; not sure why it wasn't published.
We went to Le Vin au 10 on the recommendation of The Rough Guide. This place is marketed as a step above the tourist traps in Sarlat centre, so it costs more. We chose the €34.90 menu, as you have no choice at night. It’s either that or a €59.90 ‘truffle’ menu, but we found that in Sarlat, truffle dishes don't contain truffle.
The entree, ‘veloute de parmesan’, was a watery soup with a suggestion of parmesan. Tiny crumbs of ‘jambon noir’ are scattered very thinly on the plate around the soup. My companion is Italian and he was less than impressed with this dish. The celebrated ‘nems de canard’ main course which the Rough Guide mentions was very dry, duck spring rolls in thick, chip-shop standard batter. The ‘pave de beouf’ was a very average piece of beef, under-flavoured and a bit tough. The 'cheese course' was a horrible fat-soaked, deep-fried rectangle of something unidentifiable that tasted slightly of sage. Not edible: I left it.
The dessert was the pièce de résistance: a ‘tiramisu perigourdin’ that appeared to be made with aerosol cream from a spray can, and the Italian agreed with me: a travesty.
We really wanted to like this restaurant as we were tired of the tourist-menu rubbish served in most of the restaurants on the main drag. I will be petitioning the Rough Guide to remove its recommendation.
Restaurateurs of Sarlat: lose the cynical, chauvinistic, rip-off attitude: tourists are well-travelled and we KNOW good food these days. Le Vin au 10 is decidedly average, overpriced and just like all the other traps. Don’t waste your money: go to L’Addresse at 8 rue du 8 Mai 1945, for food that is fresh and lovely and costs half the price.
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