When you order foie gras in a restaurant, you hardly expect to be asked to toast your own bread, but Domaine de Lintillac revels in just this sort of juxtaposition of the haute and the rustique. From the moment your coupe corrèzienne (Champagne with a dash of violette) is placed onto your red-and-white gingham tablecloth, you will revel in it, as well – provided you like duck, that is.
In years past, Domaine de Lintillac put diners who eschew duck – they do exist, often waddling in with a magret-craving badelynge – in a tough spot. Today, however, there are a few dishes made without the little quackers, including the delicious confit de porc froid à la Moutarde violette de chez Denoix and a big salad with warm Cabécous, a goat cheese from the Midi-Pyrénées.
Still, duck remains the chief ingredient in almost every dish on the menu: There are no fewer than eight starters of foie gras de canard (plus one foie gras d'oie for those big spenders who are confident they can tell the difference after two drinks); among the main courses are southwestern French classics including parmentier de canard, magret de canard, and the giant cassoulet gastronomique au confit de canard, which is served in a large ceramic pot holding enough white beans to share with your fellow diners.
Eating at Domaine de Lintillac is a wonderful experience not only for the food and the friendly service, but also because the restaurant delivers an authentic, gourmet dining experience at about half the price you would expect. The wine list is short and changes frequently, but Lintillac offers exactly what most people want: a nice Bordeaux with minimal markup, and perhaps a glass of Noble Rot-afflicted white with your starter.
Most recently, I started with the foie gras aux raisins et Beaumes de Venise with a glass of Sauternes, followed by the confit de canard Mulard pommes sarladaises and a half bottle of Haut-Médoc. With coffee, the bill came to 36€.
Domaine de Lintillac is easy to access from La Bourse or métro St-Catherine. In another improvement, credit cards are now accepted.