Thoumieux: A secret Recipe

The Thoumieux is definitely the biggest success story of 2009: after spending five years at the restaurant of Hôtel Crillon where he won two Michelin stars, Jean-François Piège decided to go "street". Don’t get me wrong. This isn't about French Fries and Hamburgers. Although that’s not completely off-beam. He’s doing all the simple dishes with the twist of sophistication that makes all the difference.

Piège is following in the footsteps of a handful three-star-cooks who've come down from the ivory tower and have started to enjoy cooking again (and making money). It’s a smart move: open a bistro, serve very decent menus for very good price, and enjoy an always-full booked house. Which means: more money with less effort. Piège is what you might call a smart guy. He doesn’t need the glory of the dusty old Michelin stars anymore.

The secret recipe

After a costly and colossal renovation of an ancient and famous Brasserie called Le Thoumieux, were Tout Paris used to meet, at the end of October 2009, and with the help of Thierry Cost, son of the famous Cost-brothers who own the hippest restaurants in Paris, he opened L’Hôtel Thoumieux (yes, there will be a hotel too).

In just a few months, the new Thoumieux became the hippest of the hippest restaurants. The setting is just extraordinary. They managed to keep the old bistro flair and to mix it up with a few modern elements. There is good music and – as always with the Cost-brothers and sons – the most beautiful girls and guys serving you. It’s their secret recipe, and it works. It attracts the same fauna: young, beautiful and with a nice car a “voiturier” takes care of.

And the food? Surprisingly good. Surprisingly cheap, quite inventive too. I'll definitely  remember my delicious squid - and even the churros are supposed to be divine. You get cheese platter from the famous butter-maker Bordier for 8 Euros. 10 Euros for the starter, about 20 for a main dish: this is quiet a deal for Paris. You better reserve in advance.

Le Thoumieux
79, Rue Saint-Dominique
75007 Paris
+33(0)1 47 05 49 75
Lunch 12:00 - 14:30, dinner 19:00 - 23:30
Métro: La Tour Maubourg

The place to be: Le Thoumieux