Chez Francis

Chez Francis (Brive-la-Gaillarde)

© Louis Michaud

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Right near the famous market that Georges Brassens used to sing about, the Tessandier family (a couple and their son) have been running this bistro with an authentic bric-a-brac feel for the past 30 years: brasserie banquettes, art deco light fixtures, old posters and autographs from famous authors who attended the local Foire du Livre hanging on the walls. What about the cuisine? There’s plenty to terroir-ize you, with duck foie gras cooked in salt, braised Corrèze veal sweetbreads or their lovely €29 prix-fixe menu, which is what we opted for. The day we went for lunch: a memorable “all the meats” terrine (cul noir pork from Haute-Vienne, beef, poultry and pistachio), mixed greens, guindilla peppers and cornichons; outstanding Limousin rump steak that was dry-aged for 30 days, cooked over coals and served bloody alongside oven-roasted potatoes, grilled bacon and a tarragon jus; before a tasty cherry clafoutis for dessert. // P.L.

FEELING THIRSTY? French wines: a regional Corrèze white from the Périères (€7 a glass), a Bergerac Merlot from Les Hauts de Caillevel (€34 a bottle), a Loire red from Henri Marionnet (€34)…

PRICE: Set menus €19-23 (Tuesday-Friday, lunch and dinner) or the signature prix-fixe menu €29 (every day). À la carte €45-70.

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