Pistachio - avocado
Cherry & chocolate
Cauliflower - coconut
Probably my favourite meal from last week’s Paris trip was as I had expected it to be at ⭐️⭐️ @david_toutain .In 2017 I did my first gastronomic trip to Paris and specifically targeted a lot of the grand three star temples of gastronomy like Arpège, Guy Savoy, Le Cinq and Alléno and some more classical places like Tour d’Argent among others. With this brief in mind I had asked my fellow food geeks for their recommendations and I can’t remember who, but amongst that eye wateringly expensive list, someone very firmly prodded me and ordered me to visit the then one star restaurant David Toutain. And for the last three years I have been itching to get back and relive what was by far the best meal of that trip (IMO).
They did not disappoint and the second star is well deserved. The thing that stands out for me about the food here is that it makes me smile. It makes me happy. It evokes an emotional response (in a good way). I eat out a lot and that is a rare thing to achieve (especially twice in a row). This isn’t a ‘fine dining’ thing, it’s a good food thing. Sometimes that moment of bliss is in part driven by an experience, like having caviar on the top of a mountain with your lover or boiled ham with pressure-cooked-to-death veg cooked by your grandmother.
But to be able to deliver that moment of bliss based purely on the food on the plate is truly a gift. I know it’s subjective, and what gives a diner goose bumps on one plate may have another diner yawning. David Toutain’s food gives me goose bumps.
Michelin Guide - ⭐️⭐️
OAD - 80
W50Best - ‘Discovery’
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