This is a very famous location for well known movies set like "Chocolat", "Le Visiteurs" and many others. But we were here for one reason: to test la "Belle Etoile" Restaurant and Hotel. We will start describing the beautiful riverside where our beautiful modern room had the magnificent view, directly on the slow flowing waters of the Dordogne. We are in the village of "La Roque-Gageac".
The place is tranquil and peaceful with lots of things to do and see around. It's certainly a special spot for romantic couples but also for families who love activities and history.
All the village and the hotel restaurant are builded against the rocky natural walls of the cliff located behind it. It's also a very nice night walk to do before or after dinner.
Before dinner we went back to our beautiful suite and then we tried the restaurant just next to it.
Modern, cozy and affordable, not to mention the wonderful view of the Dordogne river.
Chef Régis Ongaro owns this place, indeed at least four generations of his family have been working here. Also the great attention that get showered on the food is apparent in the hotel's service where it's clear that guest's comfort is a priority. He made a very nice dinner course that we scored 18/20. The restaurant is also highlighted by the Michelin guide.
It's a very traditional and regional kitchen. The dishes are of a very high standard and also with a distinct innovative touch. The breakfast is also nice and it's served in an elegant saloon or in the outside patio facing the river Dordogne.
HOTEL*** RESTAURANT LA BELLE ÉTOILE24250 LA ROQUE-GAGEAC - France
Tel. +33 553 295 144 - Fax +33 553 294 563
highlight by Paolo Emilio Centoni
pictures by Luca Centoni