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“The best meal in France; make that the best in Europe!”
Review of La Cour de Recre

La Cour de Recre
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“The best meal in France; make that the best in Europe!”
Reviewed 7 September 2013

Chef Bruno Marien is a hidden treasure. He and his wife make you feel a part of the family. They're located next to the Castelnaud--la-Chapelle on the Dordogne River in France. The trip up the hill is worth the journey to enjoy the best, most affordable meal in France.

  • Visited September 2013
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2 Thank markring40
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Daglan, France
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“A terrible disappointment”
Reviewed 18 August 2013

Friends of ours had recommended this place for excellent hamburgers and pizzas -- in fact, the pizza maker was supposed to be from Naples. On this advice, we went for an informal lunch, with four adults and two children. What a terrible disappointment, to the point that we can't figure out how this place would ever get a positive review. We were among the first there, and ordered quite simply: five pizzas, and one hamburger. It took a full hour for those simple dishes to arrive, and when we questioned the wait, we were brushed off. Service was terrible in other respects; when my wife asked for her hamburger to be served without a bun (because she has celiac disease and can't tolerate normal bread), our waiter expressed shock and said it would be "very difficult" to make a hamburger without a bun. (And you can't blame inexperience, as he was at least in his 50s.) As for the pizzas, they were about par for the area, which isn't saying much. And amazingly, they were all out of the reasonably priced Bergerac rosé wine but did have a much more expensive rosé from Provence. All in all, a very unsatisfying experience, and I can't imagine ever going there again.

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank DaglanGuy
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“Absolutely amazing Hamburguer Maison mais au Foie gras with great frites.”
Reviewed 13 August 2013

What an amazing experience, eating the best burger I have ever had (exceptional) and looking up at the Chateau Castelnaud. The staff was very helpful, and had a good sense of humour. Don't forget the frites! A great evening.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Canadatraveling
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Castelnaud-La-Chapelle
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4 restaurant reviews
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“Easy to find...once you know”
Reviewed 12 July 2013

French chef Bruno Marien has created a lovely escape from the typical touristic restaurants that typically surround castle attractions. In addition to true, Italian-style pizzas made by a pizzaiolo direct from Naples, Bruno's magnificent hamburgers feature local beef ground to his specifications by the butcher at the bottom of the hill, and delicious buns baked to order by the wonderful bakery in Castelnaud. I tried a new addition to the menu, a "prawn burger" with several beautiful grilled prawns, fresh sprouts and greens, cilantro, avocado and a light sauce with Asian tones...served on a special "squid ink" bun which was a surprising shade of purple! Absolutely delicious.

But his regular hamburger has got to be one of the best I've ever had in France. The fries are also stupendous -- slender, slightly crisp, and incredibly flavorful due to the duck fat incorporated into the frying oil.

In addition to the regular menu (with the hamburgers, Napolitan-style pizzas, salads, etc.), there's a daily chalkboard three-course meal (21€) featuring true restaurant specialties usually including at least one fish dish, grilled foie gras (top quality and local), beef and lamb dishes, and luscious desserts. Our group tried one of every dessert on the menu and they were all fabulous!

Do try to go for dinner, when the little bourg around the castle is quiet.

To find the place, drive up the hill to the upper parking lot for the chateau (it's free after 6 p.m., I think), and park as close as you can to the castle. Then walk down the road toward the castle, and as you enter the little village, it's the first restaurant on your right. It's the old school for the village, and the outdoor tables are in what was once the playground, hence "La Cour de la Recré," (recreation courtyard). Bon appetit!

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank PerigordLover
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Corona del Mar, California
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108 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Worth the Search”
Reviewed 2 June 2013

The title of the review indicates the problem: how to find this hidden jewel located at the foot of the Chateau de Castelnaud in Perigord Noir, across the Dordogne River from Vezac. The chef is Italian and owner/manager(?) is Corsican so there's an Italian slant to some dishes and the pizzas are purportedly authentic, but no one in our party of six tried them on the night of our visit. Instead we sampled absolutely marvelous escargots, ecrevisses, asparagus, burgers (w/slice of foie gras in the stack!), steak grilled to perfection. The name means "playground" and it's a true playground for the sense of taste. Very small, reservations a must.

  • Visited May 2013
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1 Thank Julee59
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