Le Dauphin

13 Mar

A few years ago, my best friends invited me to the Chateaubriand as it was still one of those rising star’s restaurants. We had a really great time and experience but I did not have the opportunity to try it again as I left for London then Miami.

Now I am back…. I intended to go back there but as we were about to meet there with my friend Armelle, she changed her mind at the last minute and took me to the Dauphin which is the Chateaubriand’s little brother, just a few doors further!

I have to say that I do not regret the choice! Based on the same concept, the Dauphin is really well decorated. The bar and stools in the middle of the restaurant makes it very friendly as you are not back to the customers but among them and of course, it always makes the difference when your friend knows all the team…

a-Menu & Drinks

The concept is simple: the menu is seasonal, the chefs work with the best products available and create inventing “small plates”.

I like that idea of small plates…. neither Main nor Tapas, the Small Plate is the perfect size for a bunch of foodies’ friends who desire to experiment great recipes.

On that base, we choose the following:

  • the Ceviche – Cucumber Water,
  • the Clams, Cauliflower and Lemon Caviar,
  • the Wagyu Beef with Baby Leeks and Shallots,
  • the Butternut Squash Puree with Spinach and Old Gouda Shavings.

As an “amuse-bouche” (appetizer), we were offered those cute Cheeses and Tapioca Cubes. Coated with a light, crispy crust, the inside was very tasty and combined a melting texture with the soft feeling of the tapioca pearls. What really made the difference was the choice of cheeses: smoked mozzarella and old Comte were part of that mix….

b-Tapioca & Fromages

Let’s talk about our small plates now…. was there any preferences? not really, we loved each of them.

The ceviche was very tasty and refreshing. Fish was perfectly sized and the marinade really tasted the cucumber which is not always the case when a menu announce cucumber as part of a dish….

The Clams were very fresh and served with a lemon caviar and very thin slices of cauliflower topped with fresh herbs. The whole combination was great as you had the crunchiness of the raw cauliflower balancing the consistency of the clams.

The Wagyu beef was tender and tasty, cooked the French way which means medium rare and served with al dente baby leeks – soft but still a bit crunchy in the center and the shallots were kind of “confites” in a sweet and sour way…. delicious!

The squash puree was silky and the spinach served on top were very tasty. The combination of texture and taste intensity with the old Gouda was an unexpected sensation for the palate. Intense, salty, fruity and silky….

c-Main

We wanted to try some more savory dishes but Armelle convinced me to share some of the desserts of the Menu…. The savory would not match the Don Quirotte sparkling wine chosen by the friendly team behind the counter…

Giggling at the “pop” of the bottle cork, we started to dig in our amazing desserts:

  • a Chocolate and Hazelnut Siphon,
  • an Orange and Cocoa Dacquoise,
  • a Lait Ribot Ice-Cream.

The Chocolate and Hazelnut siphon was very light and tasty and the crunchiness of the hazelnut brittle created a nice effect.

The Dacquoise was simply amazing…. the almond biscuit was very light and crispy at the same time and the orange and cocoa mousse was like a little cloud…. it evaporated in my mouth leaving only the intense flavor of the orange.

And the Ice cream was very refreshing. A perfect choice to finish that great dinner. The Lait Ribot (fermented milk) has that sour taste that is well balanced by the sweetness of the ice-cream.

d-Deserts

I do not need to conclude that post with a general feeling…. as you already understood, I had one of those really great time. Being with a great friend made most of that general feeling but the kindness of the team and the great taste of the food definitely brings me to rank the Dauphin among the best restaurant experiences…

Give it a try, you won’t regret it!

Le Dauphin

131, avenue Parmentier 75011 Paris
Tél. 01 55 28 78 88
Menus : 27 (lunch.) €. Tapas dinner from 5 €  (smoked mozzarella) to 14 €(mallard terrine).
Closed on Monday, Saturday Lunch and Sunday
Closest Metro Station : Goncourt
and also:

Le Chateaubriand

129, avenue Parmentier 75011 Paris
Tél. 01 43 57 45 95The Cellar of those two restaurants should be open soon, you will be able to find most of the great wines proposed on both menus as well as other chefs suggestions.

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