This fall, I had the pleasure of visiting Paris. I have been to Paris quite a few times, and an pretty sure this was my fourth visit, and for sure the best visit thus far. The highlight of my trip was of course the unbelievable meal (since food is such a highlight for me of exploring a city) I enjoyed at David TOUTAIN. David TOUTAIN is a Michelin Star restaurant I dined at enjoying their fabulous 11-course lunch. The restaurant is led by Chef & Owner David Toutain and his wife Thai. The owners and couple met in a kitchen (surprise surprise), fell in love, now they have two kids together and this fabulous Parisian Restaurant I adore…
Read more about David Toutain and my unbelievable dining experience below. I want to reiterate that any foodies heading to Paris must visit and experience this delicious dining experience with over the top refined hospitality in an intimate setting that is elegant, yet not stuffy. Read more below….
Inaugurated on December 23, 2013, David TOUTAIN dreamed for his restaurant to be creative, convivial and open. The design and layout shares bright light dressed in noble and natural materials such as oak, concrete, glass.
Upon arriving to David TOUTAIN guests are welcomed into an intimate setting with 22 tables made of raw wood with a natural yet refined elegance to the decor. The raw wood is symbolic to Chef David’s childhood memories in the Normandy countryside. I loved the minimal decor of the restaurant, which felt clean and modern, yet still cozy.
I was greeted with the perfect welcome, a glass of the Billecart Salmon Brut Rose. This was such a coincidence as I had just visited Billacart-Salmon and fell in love with all of their beautiful wines. Great minds think alike…
Guests are also welcomed with this delicate water poured into a dish to clean your fingers between the courses. I quickly realized this was necessary as a few of the courses are finger food bites which you don’t use utensils to eat.
First course, carrot (above the bowl on the twigs) with a white chocolate parsnip cream which was incredible. I also loved the salty flakes on the creamy chocolates parsnip cream.
The sommelier suggested a white burgundy (when I described what wine style I enjoyed) and this was wonderful.
This dish was chestnuts served with habuga (a light fish) from Spain. I loved the presentation of this course with the nuts served in the wooden dish.
Oysters and shallots with razberries on top of another incredible whipped cream. I also loved the sea shell presentation. Chef David and team sure nail the presentation, each dish is so beautiful and feels so unique and fresh.
This was hands down the best seat in the house with full views of the open kitchen watching Chef David and team work on the most beautiful meal I was enjoying.
Brussel Sprouts served over pine needles.
Crab with roasted peppers and blueberries. This was such a surprising dish as I never would have expected blueberries paired with crash. Just like the rest of the meal, this was fabulous.
The delicious and beautifully presented bread. It was so perfect in the little bowl with straw I almost felt bad eating it…
Duck egg with sweet corn and mushrooms. As someone who typically is shy about eating egg, I ate every bite of this dish and loved it.
A light cod steamed with lemongrass
Selecting a hand crafted knife for the steak dish. This was just one of the little touches this team did that made the meal so special and memorable. Each and every detail was so thought out and curated. It reminded me of the culinary experience I enjoyed at another California Michelin Star Restaurant, SingleThread Farm Restaurant & Inn which is also led by a husband and wife team, with the husband also the Chef. These two restaurants had so many similarities hopefully they can each experience each other’s incredible restaurants.
Lamb with Chanterelles. Another dish I typically am shy about eating is lamb, yet when you’re experiencing an 11-course tasting menu you try it all. And this dish converted me, I guess I do enjoy lamb after all.
After 10 courses of magical cuisine it was hard to believe I would have room for more food yet I made room. Something about the tasting menu which I appreciated was the sizes of each course. By the end I was very satisfied and full, yet I wasn’t stuffed feeling disgusting which is sometimes the case after a huge pairing menu.
A huge thank you to the team at David Toutain for hosting me for this unforgettable meal. It was more spectacular and delicious than my wildest dreams and a destination that I will send all my readers to when visiting Paris.