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Restaurant David Toutain

Add: 29 Rue Surcouf, 75007 Paris
Tel: 01 45 50 11 10
Hours: [Mon-Fri] 12~2:30pm, 8~10pm (closed Sat & Sun)
Website: davidtoutain.com
Price: [lunch] €42 [tasting menu] €68~158
Visited on: Sep 2014

I first tried David Toutain’s cuisine at Agapé Substance, where I had one of my most memorable meals since moving to Paris. This young chef, having worked with some of the world’s top chefs like Bernard Loiseau, Marc Veyrat, Alain Passard (Arpège) and Andoni Luis Aduriz (Mugaritz), opened his own restaurant at the end of 2013 to much public acclaim. The style remains the same – clever, beautiful small plates made up of pristine ingredients – except it all tasted even better than what I remembered from two years ago.

sugared & spiced - paris restaurant david toutain

In terms of space, Restaurant David Toutain is much more spacious and airy compared to Agapé Substance. Service, warm and friendly.

sugared & spiced - paris restaurant david toutain

Carte blanche tasting menu can be either €68 or €98 depending on the number of courses, with optional wine pairings at additional cost. During lunch time, a three-course menu is available for €42.

sugared & spiced - paris restaurant david toutain

We chose the €98 tasting menu, an extended affair of 15 courses that started with boeuf, framboise, parmesan – beef carpaccio wrapping raspberries, topped with parmesan.

sugared & spiced - paris restaurant david toutain

sugared & spiced - paris restaurant david toutain

Petit pois, berce, orange – puree of green peas with berce (an herb) and orange confit.

sugared & spiced - paris restaurant david toutain

sugared & spiced - paris restaurant david toutain

Paired with a glass of white from Domaine Emmanuel Giboulot Terres Burgondes (€12).

sugared & spiced - paris restaurant david toutain

Mûre, bettrave, oignon – blackberry, beetroot, red onion, and the black soil-like grains are dried beetroot bits.

sugared & spiced - paris restaurant david toutain

Oeuf, mais, cumin – half-cooked egg with dried corn, cumin-spiced caramel, served with corn bread.

sugared & spiced - paris restaurant david toutain

sugared & spiced - paris restaurant david toutain

Tomate, fraise, amandes, basilic – tomato, strawberry jelly, fresh almonds, and basil powder (the black is from red basil, and the green is from green basil).

sugared & spiced - paris restaurant david toutain

sugared & spiced - paris restaurant david toutain

Brioche, foin – brioche bread served on a bed of hay, with salted butter from Normandy.

sugared & spiced - paris restaurant david toutain

Cabillaud caramelisé, courgette – caramelized codfish with zucchini.

sugared & spiced - paris restaurant david toutain

sugared & spiced - paris restaurant david toutain

sugared & spiced - paris restaurant david toutain

Calamar, speck, ail confit, kale – squid stuffed with speck ham, served with garlic confit and crispy kale.

sugared & spiced - paris restaurant david toutain

sugared & spiced - paris restaurant david toutain

Saumon confit, carotte, crevette – salmon confit with carrots in a shrimp broth.

sugared & spiced - paris restaurant david toutain

sugared & spiced - paris restaurant david toutain

sugared & spiced - paris restaurant david toutain

sugared & spiced - paris restaurant david toutain

Followed by a glass of red from Domaine Nivet- Galinier Côtes du Roussillon Les Aspres.

sugared & spiced - paris restaurant david toutain

Anguille. sesame noir – smoked eel in a puddle of black sesame sauce, with hidden cubes of green apples.

sugared & spiced - paris restaurant david toutain

Then we got to choose a knife…

sugared & spiced - paris restaurant david toutain

Volaille, bouton blanc, noisette, benoite urbaine – chicken, white mushrooms, hazelnuts, and benoite urbaine (an herb).

sugared & spiced - paris restaurant david toutain

sugared & spiced - paris restaurant david toutain

sugared & spiced - paris restaurant david toutain

Comté 48 mois – comté cheese of 48 months (note: most Comté cheeses are aged from 12 to 18 months, so this one is pretty special).

sugared & spiced - paris restaurant david toutain

sugared & spiced - paris restaurant david toutain

Chou fleur, chocolat blanc, coco – mousse of cauliflower and white chocolate with coconut sorbet.

sugared & spiced - paris restaurant david toutain

Figue, aubergine – fresh figs and dried figs with aubergine sorbet.

sugared & spiced - paris restaurant david toutain

sugared & spiced - paris restaurant david toutain

Financier, truffe au chocolat – raspberry financiers and chocolate truffles.

sugared & spiced - paris restaurant david toutain

sugared & spiced - paris restaurant david toutain

Yet another memorable meal from David Toutain, with each dish being a pleasant surprise that demanded for (and easily got) our attention. A fun ride!

sugared & spiced - paris restaurant david toutain

sugared & spiced - paris restaurant david toutain 

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