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Ridiculous by any measure, the various eating spaces in this 18th-century townhouse-cum-pleasuredome are also strangely alluring – and the Lecture Room is the most ridiculous and alluring of them all. Characterised by acres of gorgeously surreal space, extreme cosseting and multi-element dishes, it's a one-off home for the cuisine of Pierre Gagnaire – interpreted day-to-day by Johannes Nuding. Pay attention to the "direct but not rude" staff, who explain how to approach the multiple little bowls and plates that make up each flight-of-fancy dish. A creation entitled 'autumn' features confit ceps, red prawns and veal pâté, saddle of Basque milk-fed lamb appears alongside black garlic, braised endive (with dried fruits), pear and Roquefort salad and sweet wine jelly, while the 'sea garden' is a cornucopia of maritime delights. Whatever the theme, immaculate preparation is a given. With so much at play on the carte, the tasting menu is pretty much redundant, and wine matching tricky; seek advice or play safe with bubbles.

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Pierre Gagnaire

Although he says that his love of cooking took a while to develop, Pierre Gagnaire has matured into one of France's pre-eminent chefs, gaining three Michelin stars with both incarnations of his eponymous French restaurant. Born in 1950, he worked his way through various kitchens in France & the US before returning to cook at his father's restaurant, Le Clos Fleury near St Etienne, maintaining its Michelin star. At 30, he launched his own restaurant in St Etienne, gaining a second star in 1986 & a third in 1993. In 1996 he set up at the Hotel Balzac in Paris, regaining his three-star status within two years. He & restaurateur Mourad Mazouz launched the headline-grabbing Sketch in 2002.

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