The ambiance was reminiscent of dining at the home of an acquaintance who happened to be a gourmet food lover. Each course was a mini world unto itself.
There was an underlying playfulness to the concept that gave us the impression someone in the kitchen was having fun creating the dishes and sharing them with us. A pretty dinner service, a lengthy wine menu with many biodynamic wines and English speaking staff enriched the experience.
Chef De Cuisine Jean-François Piège
Executive Chef Name of Executive chef: Marc Favier
Handicapped Access No, although a spokesperson indicated the restaurant can welcome a handicapped chair.
Head Sommelier Caroline Furstoss
Location In the lobby level of Thoumieux hotel
Opened-Renovated The restaurant opened in 2010
Owned And Managed Jean-François Piège and Thierry Costes
Restaurant Manager Mathieu Foureau
Size The 50 square meter restaurant employed a staff of 13 and was able to accommodate 18 guests.
Type Of Restaurant Haute and contemporary cuisine
Architect India Mahdavi set to create depth and clarity with subtle plays on dimensions, soft colors and materials. The allusions to different periods, Art Nouveau, the 1940s and 50s, was meant to “create the feel of a place that has truly lived” and remind diners of home. Comfy sofas and armchair seating was added to produce a laid-back ambiance.
At the small table there was fine tableware and unconventional dinnerware to match cloth napkins including a napkin replacement with dessert. Although the muted winter light made it less noticeable than it might be with sunlight there was a large sunroof above one of the tables across the dining room from where we sat.
Special Menus A small number of top quality ingredients were presented in the menu with the simplest of descriptions. The idea was to surprise guests. The menu options including nibbles, cold starters, warm starters, Xavier’s cheese plate and desserts, varied depending on the number of ingredients chosen. A simple lunch menu with wine, Règle du Déj, cost 99 euros. Règle du Je(u) with one ingredient cost 119 euros, with two ingredients cost 149 euros. There were two premium options the day we had lunch: Notre Règle du Je(u) with two ingredients and wine cost 239 euros; and Notre Règle du Je(u) avec Tartufi di Alba was the same as the previous one with a white truffle dish.
Our preappetizers were served in a pretty white plate. We had cod balls with a liquid center, filling and creamy; crackers with goat cheese and tiny bits of salmon; crunchy veal; a “sandwich” of ham, cheese and pickels; and potatoes with milk and golden caviar. Next the staff brought mild tasting pigeon eggs with pepper and a ceres reduction that left our fingers red.
A black dish contained scallop with tiny beet root, chips and a cumin like spice from Africa. Then we had a wonderful chicken bouillon with bread, foie gras, fresh herbs, mushrooms and a truffle infusion. A fowl mousse with shrimp and cheese was the final appetizer.
The white truffle dish was chestnut flour spaghetti served with parmesan chips and white truffle shavings received a mixed welcome. The cod was served with a strong cheese sauce. The well prepared langoustines were served with coconut water and foie gras. While I enjoyed the langoustines in the coconut water I was less enthusiastic about the foie gras langoustine combination.
The chicken, served with a flavorful sauce and accompanied with a side of dark meat with liver and foie gras, was well liked by my dining partner.
The cheese course included six cow and goat cheeses that ranged from mild to strong in intensity. The blue cheese, served with quince preserves, was a favorite. Brebis cheese served raspberry preserves was a palate cleanser or pre-dessert dish. For dessert we had saffron and tangerine sorbet, crunchy cookies and rose petals and the chef’s signature dessert of egg whites with delicious bergamot flavored crème anglaise. It had a sweet fluffy vanilla flavor in the middle with crunchy sugar on top. Then there was “pizza” of black pepper and banana.
There was a single unisex bathroom in the lobby of the hotel adjacent to the restaurant entrance.
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