Auberge de Pommayrac ** - Verzeille

Auberge de Pommayrac ** - Verzeille

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Date Added: Monday 22 December, 2014

by Kim Nelissen

L?Auberge de Pommayrac, situated just outside the quiet village of Verzeille, opens for business from March to November every year.

The restaurant is run solely by one couple, one of whom cooks, whilst the other serves. The lady, who serves, was charming and professional, and tried to make everything as easy and pleasant as she could for us.

The most economical way to eat at the restaurant is by having the ?menu du jour? for ?18, which consistes of starter, main course and dessert, each of which is specified but changes every day, and is always an addition to the choices on the ? la carte menu, as opposed to merely a dish plucked from it.

This is just as well, however, as the ? la carte menu offers only four choices for each course. If you are after a 3 course meal then eating this way is not cheap, with all starters and desserts priced at ?10, and all main courses at ?15.

I decided to have two courses: for the main, I plumped for the papillon de cabillaud et legumes (literally a cod and vegetable parcel), which was cod and caramalised vegetables, all wrapped up together and steamed in a little transparent package which is tied loosely at the top, in a manner vaguely reminiscent of a butterfly.

The cod was beautifully cooked: flavoursome, and flaky to just the right extent; and the vegeteables (a mix of leeks, onions and peppers) were sweet, soft and succulent, without being sticky or sickly. A beautiful dish.

My only quibble would be that I would have liked to see a little more food and a little less plasticky, butterfly-like parcel on the plate. I doubt a small piece of fish and a small quantity of vegetables, however delicious, would even half fill the stomach of the majority of people, and after paying ?15 for a dish, you shouldn?t really go away hungry. This is obviously a menu decised to make people eat 3 courses, and therefore part with ?35 euros per meal!

My second (and final) course was a dessert of ?Cr?me ? la violette?. This was simulataneously a gorgeous and impressive, but rather flawed creation.

Firstly, its presentation, despite effectively being a blob of purplish grey stuff, with something grey on top, was in fact stunning, rescued by the addition of a beautfiul, vibrant purple, sugared violet leaf, and the splash of red provided by the strawberries.

As regards the actual taste of the dessert, the cr?me was absolutely delicious- rich and sumptuous,and thoroughly decandent- probably a little too dacedent for my tastes actually, as I would have enjoyed it more a tiny bit less creamy and a fair bit less sweet. The base was pleasant tasting, but had that horrid soggy cake texture of bad tiramisu or cheap trifles. Fortunately it was in a small enough proportion that it didn?t effect the rest of the dessert much.

The amount of violet was just right. I had feared it would either not taste of violets at all, or else be over-flavoured and be like eating perfume. In reality, it was just perfect. A delightful dessert.

All in all, I would say that the restaurant is classy and elegant and serves creative and well cooked food. The negatives are however that it is rather over-priced and slightly pretentious, and puts too much cream in the desserts and and not enough food on the plate.

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]

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