La Truffière

Price guide: Mid-range

4 rue Blainville, Paris, 75005

Price guide: Mid-range

La Truffière

By Natasha Edwards, your Paris expert

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#48 of 80
expert-rated restaurants in Paris
Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.5
4.5
Ambience:
3.8
3.8
Service:
4.4
4.4
Location:
4.4
4.4
Value for money:
4.4
4.4
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Foodies, Mature travellers, History, Special occasions

Expert review of La Truffière

A gourmet sleeper with phenomenal wines among the tourist traps of the Mouff.

Hidden inside a 17th-century house, La Truffière is a sleeper among Paris restaurants, producing true serious French cuisine amid the tourist cafés and budget bistros of rue Mouffetard. The beamed main dining room with its sponged pink walls, upholstered chairs has the slightly fussy air of restaurants in smalltown provincial France (although the vaulted stone cellar has a cosier, more up-to-date feel) but don't let this put you off, for in my opinion this place is highly underestimated and produces some of the best food in the area.

Food and drink: 

Classic French cuisine proficiently prepared and decorative desserts. Behind the apparent classicism, chef Jean-Christophe Rizet also injects modern techniques and a taste for Japanese flavourings, seen in light froths and emulsions or ideas like foie gras with seaweed and miso bread, and a yuzu soufflé. As the name suggests truffles are a speciality but you can also eat well here on simpler ingredients. The good-value lunch menu at 24/28 euros and dinner menu at 38 euros change weekly, with just a couple of choices – I've sampled things like a baked egg under a parsley froth, sautéed lamb with orange sauce and red peppers, and excellent sea bream in a vanilla-infused beurre blanc sauce. The wine list is phenomenal, with over 3,000 references including the very grandest Bordeaux – of Petrus, Margaux and Yquem ilk – and wide-ranging international bottles, is presented in a weighty tome to be handled with reverence, but the sommelier is also proud to show you his regional finds, notably from the Languedoc, and affordable list of lunchtime suggestions.

Ambience: 

Quiet, calm with the cosy aura of a historic building. Diners include local residents, tourists sent by nearby hotels and wine connoisseurs here for a serious study of the wine list.

Service: 

Formal and attentive but also welcoming. A nice touch is taking coffee by the open fire in the front salon.

Location: 

A narrow side street just off the place de la Contrascarpe in the historic Latin Quarter.

Price advice: 

The full truffle triple whammy will set you back 220 euros but you can still eat well on the good value starter menus – 38 euros at dinner and a bargain 28 euros at lunch, or count around 85 for three courses à la carte.
 

More information on La Truffière:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
French
Address:
4 rue Blainville, Paris, 75005
Telephone:
01 46 33 29 82
Website:
http://www.la-truffiere.fr
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Tue-Sat noon-2.30pm, 7.30pm-10.30pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested
Free tags / Keywords:
Wine

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