Let’s Visit Maison de la Truffe in Paris (The House of Truffle)Mar 28th, 2011 | By Yolanda Zaragoza | Category: Food & Wine, Food / Wine / Restaurant Reviews
Truffles are considered as the “diamond of the kitchen,” as described by French gastronome, Birillat-Savarin, in the 18th century. As you will find out, they cost more than real diamonds! Once you eat them, they are gone, but the memory of a gastronomique experience lingers on.
Salade de Roquette et Coupeaux de Parmesan
Omelette a la Truffe de Saison et Salade Verte
(Omelette with seasonal truffles and a green salad)
The truffle flavor is enhanced when the truffle-flavored EVOO is drizzled on the omelette.
Trio de Sorbets
(Flavors: strawberry, pear, peach)
This was palate cleansing.
Creme de Parmesan Truffé
(Creamy parmesan with truffle flavor, served with little slices of toast, or with French baguette slices)
What a fine way to tease the palate.
Oeuf Poché Truffé en Gellee
( Soft-Boiled Egg with truffle presented in aspic, and a side portion of arugula salad)
It’s another unique way of serving a soft-bolied egg.
Pizza a la Truffe Noire Melanosporum, Mozarella et Roquette
(Pizza with Black Truffle Melanosporum, Mozarella & Arugula)
Carpaccio de Boeuf Roquette et Parmesan
(Beef Carpaccio, topped with arugula, parmesan cheese, and shavings of black truffle)
The truffle mushroom is a nice addition to the carpaccio.
Crème Brûlée Parfumée à la Vanille
(Vanilla flavored Creme Brulee)
This was good, as expected. Although when the server realized this was not what I had ordered, it was replaced with…
Crème Brûlée Parfumée à la Truffe
(Creme Brulee with Truffle Flavor)
The truffle flavor was very distinct. I had to adjust my taste buds from savory to sweet. This was, rather, a surprise!
Here is a whole line of their specialty products. Every item here is truffle flavored.
Pasta, olive oil, breadsticks, foie gras, mayonnaise, risotto…and more.
Above are some items conveniently gift-packaged. On the lower shelf are cheeses with truffles.
Or, you can always buy the fresh truffles and make your own truffled-flavored ingredients/food items in your own kitchen.
The price for black truffles is on an upward trend in the wholesale market. The prices vary, depending on the truffle variety. You can check the retail prices on the display window.
As you can see, this place is all about truffles. What are truffles? Simply put, they are an underground version of a mushroom found in the root systems of beech, poplar, oak, birch, hornbeam, hazel, and pine trees, planted in properly drained, clay-type, rich in calcium and magnesium, alkaline soil. They are “mychorizzal” – meaning that there is a mutual symbiotic relationship between the fungi and the plant root, for it is through the fungi that the nutrients from the soil are abosorbed by the root system of the plant. The animals that dig up and eat truffles are responsible for the spread of the spores. Truffle farms, for a more steady truffle supply, have now been organized as far down as Canberra, Australia, in partnership with La Maison de la Truffe. You might get a better idea by watching this video.
If you have not tried truffles, be adventurous and look for something that is truffle-flavored. You, too, may be pleasantly surprised!