Both Grand and Homey, One of France’s Most Revered Restaurants

La Maison Troisgros – Roanne, Rhone-Alpes, France

Years after they’ve dined here, people speak reverently of La Maison Troisgros, as if it were a religious experience. Dinner at Troisgros—from the simple house specialty of saumon â l’oseille (salmon with sorrel sauce) to the large rolling dessert cart—attracts diners who think nothing of driving down from Brussels to partake in the gastronomic celebration.

The menu dans la tradition, a seven-course extravaganza, is a tribute to the kaleidoscopic produce of the countryside as interpreted by the unrivaled talents of Pierre Troisgros. When his co-chef and brother, Jean, died in 1983, his son, Michel, stepped in to help his father create some of the finest food anywhere in France.

Yet despite its revered status, the dining room is surprisingly ordinary—somehow an appro­priate foil for food that is nothing less than extraordinary. The restaurant also operates a small hotel with lovely rooms.

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