Today, a newly opened Restaurant.
The latest Cuisine landmark in the heart of Paris, everybody talks about it.
You will want to go there for the experience mostly, quirky, original yet cosy. So cosy that the 22 seats of the new David Toutain’s joint in the Quartier Latin are all lined up on a single bar table that spreads from end to end. If you’re up for an intimate moment, probably not the right place for you. Space is scarce, but at least it gives a good opportunity to chat with your neighbours and I quite like it.
It is also quite noisy and a bit stuffy at times, not a problem for me but the bright neon light on the ceiling can get on your nerves…
You can opt for the Carte Blanche on the menu, which is the best way to really get a good understanding of the place. But make sure you have the time for it because service can get a bit slow!
The food is great though; a lot is happening on the plates and some nice surprises await you. Low heat soft-boiled eggs with verbena mousse, fresh almonds and spring garlic sauce. You will also meet some pigeon, beetroot and hibiscus purée…
A round of applause for the unexpected dessert: poached peach with black sesame cream and Shiso sorbet.
So it has it all, an orgy of flavours, well balanced plates and an extensive knowledge of the food vocabulary. A bit disappointed by the service, although the staff is quite friendly. My only warning is, don’t be as careless as I am and double-check the amount of your bill!