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Troisgros’ restaurant Le Central triumph’s on Valentine’s Day.

A Valentine’s Day treat for us at Troisgros’ Restaurant Le Central !

We hadn’t been for awhile, but it was once again an absolute triumph of great cuisine.

All of us enjoyed Le Central’s convivial surroundings, and excellent service, and were treated to a special ‘Dîner de la Saint Valentine‘ set menu.

Once again, this marvellous place didn’t disappoint.

A great menu, washed down with a good full-bodied, plummy red Crozes Hermitage 2009 Jaboulet.

Part of the famous ‘Troisgros’ empire, this beautifully and stylishly appointed eatery was created by Marie-Pierre and Michel Troisgros, and is set in an original 1920’s hotel.

A bistro-styled restaurant with great panache. The essence of the 1920’s is still present in it’s interior decor and ambient mood lighting.

There is also a café-epicerie element to the place, where you can purchase a range of high quality ‘grocery’ products, including olive oil and pasta, all beautifully presented and  packaged to ‘gift’ standard.

‘Le Central’ is located, quite conveniently, in the centre of Roanne near the station, and right next door to ‘Maison Troisgros’, the  Michelin-starred restaurant of international and world renown.

In fact, it has been intimated that ‘Le Central’ assists in the training of new chefs and waiting staff in preparation for the premier quality of service required by its older and bigger brother of a restaurant next door.

I’m not entirely sure if this is true or not, but there is no doubt that ‘Le Central’ is an exceptional restaurant in its own right, and we visit the place as regularly as we can, and  usually more often than not with some of our best friends!

(And, of course, even though it is not 3-starred, the quality within its menu is superb without the starry-eyed prices!)

The interior, as indicated by our photos, is sophisticated and well designed, and the service reflects this high standard.

We have never been disappointed, and they willingly accept and encourage family eating either during the day or night. Ellis, our 6 year old son, has eaten there almost as often as us.

They will always provide a small adaptation from their main menu to suit a small child’s appetite.

It’s always a delight!

Yes, Chef! magazine and Le Central in the Roannais

Le Central
20, Cours de la Republique
42300 Roanne

Telephone: 04 77 67 72 72

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