Les Commis Experience…. Lot’s of fun and Great Dinner! Worth trying…

7 Apr

I heard about Les Commis a while ago as a good friend of mine in London knows one of the guys who created the concept and told me I would love it.

Time goes by, I left for Miami, came back and as I was visiting a friend of mine living close to the Avenue Trudaine, I saw the shop and immediatly loved it. I entered the shop and talked with Cyril, one of the co-owner of the shop. He told me about the concept, the shop and even gave me a tour of the whole space. It is really great. Modern and clean, lots of space and a nice selection of wines to match the menu of the day as well as lots of utensils and ingredients to offer to food lovers.

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Food lovers gift ideas and utensils

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Menu & Office

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A glance at the kitchen

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Preparation area and Delivery Counter

I promised I’ll come back to give it a try…. it took me another few weeks but eventually I came back. We discussed it with my friend Pierre-Henry and decided to share the experience with open-minded friends as well as indulgent in case we fail!

We decided to meet at Georges and Cecile’s place as they have a great kitchen that would allow us to enjoy a drink with everyone while we are cooking….

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Here it is….. Order for 7 of us!

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Back to the kitchen…. let’s cook now!

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We even have Mini Commis!

As we are 2 chefs cooking…. we decided to go for 2 different menus and that might have been a mistake….

We ended-up with the following order:

Starter

  • 2 Salmon Gravlax with Wasabi Whipped Cream and Daikon
  • 5 Scallops Carpaccio, Granny Smith Salad and Black Truffles

Main

  • 4 Herbs and Nuts Marinated Sea-Bream with a Lemon Risotto
  • 3 Iberico Ham with Thyme and Honey Carrots cooked in Carrot and Lemon Juice

When we went to the shop to pick-up the order, Cyril told me that usually, you go for only one choice but as usual, I wanted to push further and make it almost restaurant like… We got a bit lost in ingredients and organisation especially with a glass of champagne in one hand and people to talk to as other friends joined us for a quick drink before dinner…..

Also, my Mini-Commis thought it was really funny to play with my ingredients and they tried to create odd mix…. I started to wonder weither we will get through that dinner even before opening the ingredients!

My first glass of Champagne is already empty, I fill another one and try to focus on the recipe. Suddenly, I realize that I have never been able to respect a recipe from A to Z….. I need to do it my way, I just cannot empeach it…. The problem is that I have no choice but follow the recipe as all my ingredients have been weighed, prepared, cleaned for me. Even salt and pepper, olive oil, stock…. I start to panick!

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Another round of Champagne, I take a deep breath and read the recipe. It is clear and easy indeed…. there is just a few things to do such as slicing the scallops or cooking the risotto but in the end, it is really about assembling all the ingredients in a nice way!


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Scallops Carpaccio, Granny Smith Salad and Black Truffles

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Salmon Gravlax with Wasabi Whipped Cream and Daikon

Ok…. we’ve had some fun with the presentation but also a lot of champagne before! We also forgot to have a look at the picture on the recipe…. and realized it looked much nicer the way they present it!

Anyway…. let’s have a look at the main now… We only had to pour the marinade on top of the Sea-Bream and Cook it a few minutes. Same for the ham, just pan-fry it and cook it for another 10 minutes.

Risotto was easy as well as Carrot, there was just 2-3 steps and we finished both dishes on time and did not even have to adjsut the seasoning as the great chefs creating the recipes did it for us before…. Thank you Les Commis!

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Sea-Bream Marinade

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Risotto in Progress

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Herbs and Nuts Marinated Sea-Bream with a Lemon Risotto

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Thyme and Honey Carrots cooked in Carrot Juice and Lemon

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Iberico Ham…. slowly cooked at low temperature

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Iberico Ham with Thyme and Honey Carrots cooked in Carrot and Lemon Juice


We did not try the whole menu as we are cheese lovers and thought that it might be too much but the dessert menu is really great.

For example, you can go for Jasmine Poached Apple with Mascarpone Vanilla Cream and Raspberry Coulis or the Ginger and Cocoa Crumble with Cider Jelly and Carambar Cream.

The menu offers a wide choice of dishes. You can go for anything you want among 4 starters, 4 mains and 4 desserts that change on a regular basis.

Yann Tanneau is in charge of the Starters and Mains

Johannes Bonin is in charge of the Desserts

Prices are 12.5 euros for a main / 16 euros starter + main or main + dessert / 20 euros for starter + main + dessert

To me, Les Commis is really a great way to have a restaurant quality dish on your table with the intimacy of a private home. It’s also a great way to experiment new techniques and ingredients that you might be afraid of when you do not know where to source them or how to handle them….

As they say… “You cook, we take care of the rest” 

Let’s save some time for once and enjoy the pleasure of pure cooking!

Les Commis
51, avenue Trudaine – 75009 Paris
Ouvert du mardi au samedi de 11h à 20h45
01 48 74 83 14

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