Though Anne-Sophie Pic’s three Michelin stars belong to her flagship restaurant in Valence, the world expects La Dame de Pic (which translates as Queen of Spades) to land the same rating. That’s because Pic is one of the best chefs in the world, lending the food she touches a rare and very specific elegance. The high-concept menu here revolves around fragrance profiles (Pic partnered with Phillip Bousseton, the nose from Takasago), which makes for an unusual and unabashedly sensual experience.

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