Three-Star Heaven: Europe's Top Restaurants
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"I am not a big smoker, but I adore cigars because it is a just complement to gastronomy. I don't smoke the very fat ones. I am at the level of Montecristo No. 2 and No. 3," says Troisgros.
Somewhere in the restaurant, like Silva and Girardet in theirs, Troisgros keeps a cache of specialties that include some Rafael Gonzalez cigars which are hard to find in France. "That's the boss's box," says Troisgros proudly.
At top restaurants like Troisgros you can enjoy in peace a Romeo y Julieta Corona or a Punch corona after a grand meal. Even though the new antismoking climate in Belgium and France may be the beginning of the end of European tolerance to a distinguished tradition, no one is writing an epitaph for cigars. For people who care, smoking a fine Havana is a way of life worth preserving. No one expects the tradition to disappear.