Whether Paul Bocuse—who kick-started the "new" French cooking back in the 1970s and became a superstar in the process—is here or not, the legendary black-truffle soup in pastry crust he created in 1975 to honor President Giscard d'Estaing will be. So will the frogs'-leg soup with watercress; the green bean and artichoke salad with foie gras; and the "tripled" wood-pigeon, consisting of a drumstick in puff pastry, a breast roasted and glazed in cognac, and an aromatic
dark pâté of the innards. For a mere €250 per person, the Menu Grand Tradition Classique includes the volaille de Bresse truffée en vessie "Mère Fillioux" (Bresse hen cooked in a pig bladder with truffles), which comes to the table looking something like a basketball. Like the desserts, the grand dining room is done in traditional style. Call ahead if you want to find out whether Bocuse will be cooking, and be sure to book far in advance.
Jun 24, 2002
Best lunch we've ever had! Service was great...attentive and exacting. Meal preparation was flawless as was presentation. Perhaps serving size was a bit large, but flavors and contrasts well done. Worth a special trip. Better than anything we've had in the states.