This month our French special gourmet tour led us in this very charming place: "Le Vieux Logis" at Tremolat, located in the western part of Dordogne in a terroir called "Perigord Noir". It is also affiliated to the Relais Chateaux group and federation.
Situated on a wonderful garden, which will capture your sight since the start of your visit, this gourmet restaurant, based in an ancient building of 17th century, is well directed by its own chef resident "Vincent Arnould". Also this place has obtained a Michelin star.
Born March 5, 1970 in Montbéliard, he is currently chef here at the restaurant Le Vieux Logis in Trémolat, on the banks of the Dordogne river in Périgord. In 2007, he was awarded the title of Best Worker of France. This son of a policeman tells how he had to put his hand to the stove at a very young age at home, to help his two sisters, following the untimely death of his mother. One of her two sisters, Myriam, already a fine cook, Vincent received his first courses in this way. Vincent, after studying at the Audincourt hotel school in the Doubs, will make meetings that will be as many decisive stages in his career, as Gerald Passedat and Serge Chenet. In 1998, Vincent Arnould won the Pierre Taittinger Prize and took his first chef's place at the Roy Soleil in Ménerbes, a charming hotel-restaurant in the Luberon near Gordes. In 2000 Le Vieux Logis was looking for a chef and Vincent Arnould volunteered and was accepted. As chef of this restaurant, he was awarded the title of Meilleur Ouvrier de France.
We started with an amuse-bouche, the menu degustation which is called "Balade de Printemps" for a fix price of about $95 (Euro 80). It took place over our table in a great sequence of courses which have definitely conquered our exigent palates.
|Les Asperges Vertes de Pays (en salade, émietté de Sandre et Fenouil)|
|L'Esturgeon de Montpon Ménestérol (Roulé, Citron Confit, Legumes des Printemps et Ecume d' Herbes)|
|Le Canette du Pays (Le Filet Rôti sur la Peau, Tartine de Girolles et Polenta Noisette) paired with Bergerac Rouge 2015|
|Le Plateau de Fromages|
|La Fraise et les Framboises (en Vacherin Minute, Sorbet Vanille Hibiscus)|
The complete experience was amazing and the service impeccable therefore a 20/20 was a must score grade to this restaurant, too. This region has a lot to offer for its noble ingredients and the chefs who have a great ability in respect the primary qualities of the product. We will be back probably next year to test also the accommodations of this special place of Dordogne.
|Dish which had a remarkable paring|
Finally, after this light and seductive lunch course sequence, we had the chance to spend some time in the wonderful and romantic rose garden of the property, which is also crossed by a little fresh stream.
The restaurant has a gracious and charming place indoor to dine that used to be a former tobacco drying house, with a stone and painted wood décor.
"LE VIEUX LOGIS"
Address: centre-ville, 24510 Trémolat, France
Highlight and pics by Luca Centoni