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“Every dish a delight”
Review of L'Essentiel

Ranked #10 of 223 Restaurants in Perigueux
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Warm welcome followed by dishes that are well presented with interesting flavours and combinations. Extensive wine list focusing on Bordeaux and Bergerac. Weekday lunch menu good value considering what you get for it. I've not tried a la carte - maybe next time!

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Thank Douglas K
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Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

We visited this Michelin stared restaurant for their €47 euro menu which we thought was fantastic value. Unlike a previous review the oyster starter was one of the best starters I had ever eaten. For your money you got an amuse bouche and three excellent sized perfectly cooked portions. There was plenty of choice and if a dish was not available it was substituted with an alternative.
The staff were charming and despite our terrible French we managed to interpret all of the dishes with the help of the charming staff.
I would definitely eat here again

Thank Judie G
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Reviewed 5 May 2017

Lunch for three cost 200 Euros. It was good but not great.

There was one major disappointment. The oyster entree with gelee would have been outstanding if the oysters were really fresh. Sadly, they were not. Raw oysters with a fishy smell can ruin any dish and they did ruin this one,

Otherwise first rate in every respect, though a bit overpriced.

Thank davesmall
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Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

What a great place to save up for a special dinner. The restaurant is easy to get to and has a definite charm on the inside. The staff are friendly (even to Aussies!).
We opted for the 3 course set menu costing €48 each. A complimentary starter set us for high expectations. For entree I had oyster immersed in a vegetable jelly sitting in a lobster sauce. Great. My wife had fresh green asparagus roasted and served with snail ravioli and pea emulsion. Definitely fine dining. For main my veal dish was amazing. My wife was equally effusive of her pigeon. Deserts were both brilliant. A great wine list but you need a bit more knowledge on French wine. I opted for a 500 ml sav Blanc which was quite well priced and fine.
This is a great restaurant for a celebration. We had just become grandparents for the first time!

Thank Johns1951
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Reviewed 23 January 2017

Having for lunch in this cosy michelin starred restraurant on the route to Cahors. The place is at chuch of the town not big size with lower and uper part sitting in conjunction to a small courtyard to go out to get fresh air if you like which is nice in warm days. Had a three-course menue including foie gras as starter, sweetbreads of veal for main and to finish with thin crispy pistachiao leaves strawberry Perigord, light cream vanilla, strawberry basil sorbet as dessert. Each of them was so delicious well cooked and beautifully presented. The foie gras on the rosted apple base dripping with acacia honey, some hazelnut oil and tangy cider was most impressive, which was a thick slice of goose liver top and bottom being pan seared to caramel colour, the first bite could sense the crispy crunchy shell and then followed by very soft texture inside that was so tender, rich and creamy taste melting in mounth felt heavenly. What a dish and one of the best treat for me during 9 days of our French tour. The region is quite famous for producing goose livers and their products, if you like foie gras dishes, the Perigueux is the paradise for you. The service was nice, attentive and not pushing to let you enjoy the meal in a relaxing way. Their wine lists were opulent with local and from Bordeaux too, ask for recommendation to pair with your dishes and won't be disappointed. We had white and red picked up by our lovely waitress both were very good. Will return for sure whlist if have the chance to be there again. Highly recommend. BTW, the scenery of the town along the river is beautiful and the Cathedral on the backgrond is stunning.

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Thank Tp0n
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