I love truffles and have been to Paris innumerable times. But i have never been to La Truffiere.
I am going in a few weeks and have made a tentative reservation but am apprehensive. Most travel advisor reviews are good but the bad ones have a certain ring of "The Truth". I usually don't pay much attention to Yelp but a bad review there had that same ring. Over priced, rip-off, waiters push you to order expensive wines and push the most expensive items on the menu. Any one been there lately?
It is definitely pricey and the wine mark-ups are jarring (which, since it seems to be very popular with people in the wine trade, is very surprising). I don't find the waiters to be pushy at all. Just the opposite...almost obsequious. Food-wise, it's not amazing cuisine but good enough and, given the truffle emphasis, not as over-priced as you have been led to believe. The setting qualifies as very charming in the salon and ultra-romantic in the vaulted cave. I do prefer the better-value lunch than the very pricey dinner. And usually have a coffee/ digestif at a café on the place de la Contrescarpe rather than lingering over dessert at La Truffière
we went two weeks ago. and i have been twice before. imho, the regular chef's tasting menu is excellent and good value. the truffle tasting menu is good value in the sense that you get a lot of truffle shaved on top of everything, but it doesn't add as much to the enjoyment of the meal as it adds to the final tab. i will go to this restaurant again, but won't go for the truffle menu again. to be clear though, in the three times i have been, we were never pushed towards anything in particular. i have always found the service to be excellent, if a little overly solicitious.
if you do go, could you ask where the butter comes from -- it's weird but that's the one element that sticks in my memory the most.