Chez Alphonse

Chez Alphonse (Limoges)

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Where should you go when you’re craving meat in Limoges? To Christophe Buteau’s vintage bistro (red faux leather benches, waxed tablecloths, old advertisements) – it’ll have meat-eaters bearing their fangs at the door: rump, rib-eye & hanger steaks, veal rump, beef tongue, pork trotters en crépinette, unlimited tripe… The other night, the blackboard menu prepared by chef Singh Virander (the former sous-chef) included five slices of outstanding head cheese; a gigantic medium-rare veal steak with extra buttery mashed potatoes and a mushroom sauce; before some delicious cream puffs filled with Bourbon vanilla ice cream. FYI: the lunch menu is just as meat-heavy – slow-cooked veal shoulder with a reduction and vegetables cooked in broth; stuffed mushrooms or onions; floating island for dessert. // G.D.

FEELING THIRSTY? Wine that won’t break the bank: a Valençay white from Denis Bardon (€5 a glass), a Bergerac red from the Château Le Raz (€20 a bottle), a Provence rosé from the Château Beaulieu (€23), a Chinon red from Les Lorieux (€26)…

PRICE: Menu €16-21 (weekday lunch), à la carte €28-51. 

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