Restaurant David Toutain

Restaurant David Toutain (Paris)

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Inside this beautiful two-story restaurant (hardwood floors, taupe grey walls, Kristalia and Elephant chairs), you’ll find David Toutain behind the windowed kitchen, whipping up modernist plates with a quasi-Japanese purity that sure stimulate the senses. The day we went for lunch, the virtuoso with an incredible résumé (Arpège, Ambroisie, Mugaritz, Agapé Substance) unveiled his Mélisse tasting menu (€90) in 10 masterful courses: a sweet clover fritter to dip in a cream of parsnip/white chocolate/home-distilled sweet clover oil (a flower with a honey-like flavor); graceful red pepper tuiles hiding red orache that’ll have you blushing with pleasure; a delightful oyster and shallot cream topped with a delicate raspberry ribbon; raw cuttlefish sliced extra thin, swimming in a lovely verbena, zucchini and lemon concentrate; cheeky chanterelles electrified by a lovage emulsion; orgasmic porcini mushroom sorbet with a walnut and fried chicken skin crumble, and a light lovage mousse covering an intense porcini mushroom cream; pearly monkfish fillet floating on a memorable chicken jus infused with savagnin, served with fresh walnuts and celery; two cubes of smoked eel over a black sesame cream and tangy, raw, julienned green apple; glorious mallard duck breast (presented whole before being carved at the table) intensified by a whelk jus de cuisson and charred cucumber; before the undeniably good cauliflower, coconut and white chocolate mousse served with an explosively flavorful honey-streaked corn puff. Stunning! // T.K.

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