If you’re going to Vichy, in the center of France, you can take your time and relax.

Vichy is a thermal / spa city in France (where are the Vichy Water springs) with a splendid swimming pool complex , where the US Olympic Swimming team has trained, including Michael …. (Phelps..!) before going to the London Olympics.

They can dine in style (may be not the swimmers just before the games, but definitely the people around them to accompany them!) in this superb restaurant run by Jacques Decoret since 2008.

The restaurant

Meilleur Ouvrier de France in 1996, Jacques has developed his talents in many top restaurants before coming to Vichy in 1998: Troisgros in Roanne, Lorrain in Joigny, Alain Passard at  L’Arpège in Paris, Régis Marcon in Saint-Bonnet le Froid. He is one of the best modern chefs of the new French cuisine, able to combine the best of tradition with the latest innovations, not unlike the way he designed the ultra modern dining room with the classical mansion where is now his new restaurant with 5 rooms.

In 2011 Jacques joins the Prestigious Relais & Châteaux chefs, with the much coveted title of “Grand Chef”, as Michel Portos, Patrick Henriroux or Anne-Sophie Pic before him.

This is undoubtedly among the best tables in the region, where you can get surprised by this new style!

Prices range between 40 € for the day’s menu, to 65 € (4 course meal) or 79 € (5 course meal) or 110 € for the tasting menu (165€ with wine pairing)

by Eric Guidet