There’s an Off-Menu Black Truffle Sandwich in DTLA That Requires Your Attention

Madame Monsieur’s secret lunch special has to be ordered a day in advance

L.A.’s drizzly weather is just a reminder that it’s winter truffle season. Swap out your sad desk lunch with something indulgent as hell—Madame Monsieur’s light yet decadent Le Black Truffle Sandwich. We’re not talking truffle oil. This is a freshly shaved black truffle beauty available in limited quantities by pre-order only.

If you haven’t been yet, Madame Monsieur is a petite downtown sandwich spot that feels a lot like being inside a Parisian apartment. The owners, Parisian themselves, offer a menu of classics like croque madames and quiche, but if you’re really looking for a game-changing lunch, you’re going for the luxuriously murdered-out, off-menu truffle sando.

Photograph by Natalie Compton

Le Black Truffle Sandwich starts with Breadbar black charcoal bread that gets doused with beurre de baratte—butter made by churning rather than centrifuge–and black truffles imported from Périgord, France (don’t worry, they’re grade Extra Tuber Melanosporum, the highest class in the game). “This sandwich is inspired by a Michelin-starred chef in Paris that is called Michel Rostang, I worked with him a little when I was in Paris,” says Madame Monsieur co-owner Alison Barber. The sandwich needs to marinate overnight, so diners must place their orders one day in advance.

For $25, you get Barber’s black truffle innovation, a side of potato chips, and a green salad. You also get the pleasure of eating on beautiful plate ware. “It’s from my grandmother,” Barber said of the floral ceramics. “I think it’s important to have a nice presentation, you know?”

Call in your taste of Périgord at 213-239- 9440.

Photograph by Natalie Compton