The Restaurant Troisgros in Roanne, France, is operated by the third generation of the Troisgros family with chef Michel Troisgros presiding at the stove. I had the opportunity to do a "stage" there in March of 1981. For the record, a stage is a brief unpaid internship. I found the brothers Troisgros to be warm, and genuine people that were happy to share their culinary expertise. The brothers were early proponents of the "nouvelle cuisine" movement. See my previous post about the restaurant.
I had met Chef Jean Troigros in the Napa Valley when he was a presenter at The Great Chefs of France series held at the Robert Mondavi Winery in 1977. Ironically, I tried to get a position at his restaurant at that time but they were not open to the idea. It was through chef Albert Roux of Le Gavroche fame that I was able to get a month long stage some four years later. What luck. The kitchen was state of the art and featured a glass ceiling and easy to clean island style cooking stations. There was a crew of 15 divided along the usual line of pastry, fish, meat, vegetables. I spent a fare amount of time in the pastry section. They were famous for the Chariot des Desserts, a trolly full of sweets. Along with my experiences at other three star restaurants, the recipes were an open book.
While there at Maison Troisgros, I collected menus from the daily specials. They are a great representation of state of the art cooking at that time. Their book called The Nouvelle Cuisine of Jean & Pierre Troisgros has many of these recipes. I bought a French edition of the book and read it with a dictionary in hand. The dishes still play well today even against the molecular gastronomy crowd. Their most iconic dish, and most imitated, was an escalope of salmon with a sorrel sauce, along with the Mosaique of Vegetables with fresh truffles, Oysters Julia, Salade Nouvelle and that dessert cart.
For the record, here are the menus to follow.
Currently at Maison Troisgros, they offer a similar menu as a sort of retrospective. The only difference is the price!