Resting in the hilltops of south-eastern France, a mere half hour from bustling Lyon, lies the tiny but popular tourist village of Perouges. While this intimate stoned village will feed your medieval soul, nestled in its heart is a charming café that will feed your gastronomic desires.
Facing a 224-year-old Tilleul tree that was planted by French revolutionists, Relais de la Tour Café Restaurant lines the edge of Perouges’ charming, cobblestoned village square. Despite the highly efficient service of smiling Rudy and whistling Karl, this is clearly a place for contemplation, where the patrons encourage you to take your time and enjoy a slow meal.
And time is exactly what you need to indulge your taste buds, for the buffet, should you chose, could hold you indulgently captive for hours as you meander your way through a large selection of regional salads and meats. The highlight is the mousse du canard- duck mousse -which is considerably silkier and leaner than the famous fois gras of neighbouring regions and delights as it melts in the mouth.
Other regional dishes such as Saucisson, a substantial-sized handmade sausage, is filled with pistachios and morilles, a local mushroom found under rich Rhone- Alp soils.
Despite the large family sized servings, be sure to leave room for dessert and the town's famous Galette de Pérouges, a thin, pizza- like pastry infused with sugar and butter. It will surely delight.