If you are a fan of truffles, La Maison de la Truffe is a must-do Paris restaurant. Today, I’m going to share our experience there and what you need to know if you plan to visit yourself.
La Maison de la Truffe at Galeries Lafayette
My daughter is obsessed with truffles.
The first time we were in Chicago she got some truffle popcorn from Graham Elliot’s restaurant and hid it in the closet so I couldn’t throw it out.
The entire hotel room smelled like one giant truffle within days, and I couldn’t figure out why!
Truffles are rare to come across in North America, so whenever she sees them on a menu Ella gets so excited and begs to order it. Most of the time, it’s the really artificial truffle oil that smells horrible and tastes nothing like the real thing… but she eats it happily.
When I stumbled on the Galeries Lafayette’s website and saw that they had an entire restaurant dedicated to the “diamond of the kitchen,” I knew that I had to surprise Ella with a visit.
What You Need to Know Before Dining at la Maison de la Truffe
No matter what your budget, you can treat yourself to a meal (or a snack).
Unlike in North America, where anything with truffles comes with a hearty price tag, I found everyting at La Maison de la Truffe incredibly reasonable – the most expensive dishes were Mi-Cuit Duck Foie Gras and Lobster Risotto, both with lack Melanosporum Truffle, at 39€ and 35€, respectively.
La Maison de la Truffe is located on the main floor at Galeries Lafayette Gourmet, the food hall portion of the famous Galeries Lafayette flagship stores. (35 Boulevard Haussmann in the 9th arrondissement)
The restaurant is open from 8:30AM to 9:30PM and seating is limited, so try to plan your visit at off-peak dining times and plan to be flexible. It’s counter seating with hooks underneath to store purses or coats.
Adjacent to the restaurant is a shopping stall where you can purchase your own truffled goods to bring home – including a truffle scrub brush!
Review of La Maison de la Truffe
We settled in to our seats with champagne and Coca-Cola and the “large mixt platter” which was basically a charcuterie board with truffled cold meat and truffled cheeses, along with a light salad. The portions of each were generous and this would be my recommendation for anyone who wants to stop in but doesn’t have room for a full meal.
The owner was incredibly generous with his time and knowledge, sharing with us how the truffles are harvested and what makes La Maison de la Truffe unique in it’s approach to cooking with truffles.
Not only does everything on the menu feature truffles, they are dedicated to approaching the truffle in unique ways – incorporating it into desserts and unique re-interpretations of street foods.
You might expect a restaurant dedicated to truffles to be elitist, but that was absolutely not the case here. It was unpretentious and I felt welcomed with my 7 year old – and my Anglophone friend!
Next up, we tried the Gnocchi with Parmesan topped with truffled white ham, Tagliatelle, and Risotto – all with Black Melanosporum Truffle. While all of these were scrumptious, the silky cheese cream and truffled white ham along with those perfectly cooked gnocchi was one of the best things I’ve ever eaten.
Though none of us had any room left, we could not resist trying the Chocolate Soufflé with a molten, truffled heart centre. I did not think there was any possible way that chocolate and truffle would work together, but this dish proved me wrong.
(It works along the same lines that salt and caramel work – the earthiness of the truffle made the chocolate even more pronounced and chocolate-y.)
We all walked away from this meal with giant smiles on our faces, but not before hitting up their retail portion where Ella was able to purchase some truffles to bring home.
The selection was awesome and if you have a foodie friend that you want to bring home a souvenir, something from La Maison de la Truffe would be perfect. (I know Ella definitely wouldn’t object!)
La Maison de la Truffe was one of my top dining experiences in Paris and I highly recommend you check it out.
For more resources for planning the ultimate family vacation in Paris, check out our Guide to Galeries Lafayette.