Black Truffle Season In Paris

IMGP3145.JPGWinter season may be viewed as a lowlight for fresh harvests from the earth, but the most prized and expensive bounty is cultivated from December through early February — the black truffle.  More expensive than caviar, black truffles sell for over 1,000 Euros a kilo, fine restaurants share, for a short period of time this special treat — but expect to pay high prices for enjoying black truffles on the menu.  Black truffles are especially popular with foie gras, risotto and simply with eggs (in an omlette).  Just about any restaurant worth its salt has a special black truffle dish on the menu.

Some of our favorite places to find black truffles in Paris are:

Chez Georges.  Chez Georges, one of my favorite places, is offering black truffle specials for a limited time only.

Josephine (Chez Dumonet).  One of our favorite winter spots, they have a whole special black truffle menu, with foie gras, steak (and foie gras), among other rich wonders.

Benoit.  This famed brasserie operated by Alain Ducasse served shaved black truffle with leeks and scallops — a luscious dish worthy of this elegant destination.

Violon d’Ingres.  No dish at Christian Constant’s Michelin star restaurant disappoints, but be sure he has black truffles on the menu, as his menu varies constantly to ensure fresh and seasonal dishes.

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  1. Posted January 5, 2011 at 1:27 am | Permalink

    I was at Chez l’Ami Jean about a month ago, sitting right by the counter where the kitchen serves forth the dishes. And there, in a silver bowl, was a giant black truffle. And, after chef Stéphane Jego saw us ogling it, he dusted our entrées with some shavings – magnifique!

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    • David Dadoun
      Posted January 5, 2011 at 11:45 am | Permalink

      This great feedback, as Chez l’Ami Jean is an excellent pocket Basque bistro in the 7th, just off of Rue Saint Dominique. I love this place, as it is one of the best value meals in all of Paris.

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