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“But the little boy said, The Emperor has no clothes!”

Restaurant David Toutain
Ranked #221 of 19,283 Restaurants in Paris
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$63 - US$189
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighbourhood: Tour Eiffel / Invalides
Description: David Toutain, the prodigal son who worked under Loiseau, Passard, Veyrat and Aduriz... was expected to create a restaurant of his own. At the very conceptual Agape Substance, his intellectual cuisine, his maxi-minimalism and his creativity blew everyone away. At his place, the "gastronaute" plays a more muted tone. Airy, almost severe decor (wood, concrete, grey ceramics), servers in ties and...A silent menu! Everything begins on a blank page - a massive wooden table that is dressed piece by piece: napkins, glasses, stones, bowls, terra cotta... Inventive compositions follow one another, taking calculated risks, little bursts, sparkling or soft, with muffled flavors: salsify and white chocolate; corn, a soft-boiled egg and cumin; foie gras, poultry offal confit and green apples; an oyster, foie gras, Brussels sprouts in a hot potato consomme; cod with a squash and sea urchin puree; supreme de volaille, razor clams, cream of garlic and mint oil; coconut and white chocolate ice cream...All the way to this "top...Inambourissime" dessert: Jerusalem artichoke confit, ice cream, crispy skin and praline made from the root vegetable. A good (and expensive) wine list that's rather natural and a little Spanish - Pouilly-Fume from Pabiot, Priorat Mas Igneus, €50 the bottle... Wines by the glass €8-12 - white Languedoc Le Conte des Floris, red Mas Gabriel..."Petit" menu at €55 (lunch except school vacations and national holidays), menu tested at €80 and not tested...At €110 (€180 with food and wine pairings). // Y.N.
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

I haven’t had such a good laugh in years. This restaurant is an experience we will never forget - and never repeat. Each dish appears in turn as a tiny portion of something buried in a bowl of inedibles (a rock, a nest...). An exception was such a tiny item in a bowl of beautiful cherry tomatoes —- which were whisked away, since they were also just for ‘decoration.’ The only recognizable food was a real portion of duck, quite good, the last in the series of plates.

All I could think of was that we were supposed to be impressed by - what? - or else feel like ignorant rubes. Well, my husband and I, both Harvard doctorates who spend our annual vacation in Paris every year, were not impressed, except by the ability this place has to fool so many people. A scam, one reviewer labeled it. Exactly.

Thank Marian S
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Reviewed 1 October 2018 via mobile

This was our second best meal on our Paris trip that included two of the world’s top restaurants and a total of 11 Michelin stars. In fact, my wife tried to come back the next night! The new sommelier was excellent, the presentations unique and the food wonderful. I would add the caviar again. The only criticism was the chef didn’t visit, but we did receive a signed menu.

1  Thank JibCrane
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Reviewed 30 September 2018

Delicious meal served with fluid, professional, yet easy going service. The Restaurant easily accommodated our vegetarian guests and selected wonderful wines to pair with dinner.

1  Thank Mary T
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Reviewed 25 September 2018 via mobile

This place is made as scam to take money from tourist.
The food is uneatable.
Its not cheff restorant.
They force payment in advance we had to pay 300 euro and got 5 dishes.
We couldnt eat that. One of the dish is simple cherry tomato. Its the only thing i ate for 300 euro :(
The other dishes were cauliflower cream with chocolate and coconut. Its taste terrible.
We ate in few michlen rests and they were so good. David toutain is tourist trap. Disgrace.

Thank Alon V
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Reviewed 20 September 2018 via mobile

We went for dinner last night. Small rest with minimalistic decour but nice. Staff very friendly. They have 5 and 7 course menus but they remain a mistery until dinner time as it seems to depend on season and freshness. Plates were very small but even with 5 plate menu they brought 2 or 3 extra small plates and we were satisfied. Food was very creative and really good.

1  Thank Jorge L
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