A relatively sad farewell meal, as our close friend decides to quit Paris with her young children for another French city. With our post-flu fatigue, we were not particularly enthusiastic even the idea thinking of eating, we didn’t really eat properly (just heating up pizza, soup and some salad for 1 week) due to our lack of appetite. This meal have been decided and reserved some 1 week ago online, and luckily it has brightened our day relatively.
We have known Tomy Gousset in his Pirouette days, we had liked his cuisine, his cooking was more simple back in those days. So when friends talked about one last meal before packing lugguages, I suggested Tomy & Co. without hesitation. Tomy & Co. is Gousset’s new venture, opened last year. I have heard mainly positives reviews. From the T&Co’s site, we knew that Ducasse has his team had recently dined there, as well as the team of L’Ami Jean, shown in their Instagram account. Being chefs’ favourite table is clearly a good sign!
The restaurant was just a few streets from Invalides in the 7e district. We arrived 10 minutes before our 19:30 appointment. Friend came some 15 minutes later. The restaurant was empty when we arrived.
Amuse gueule was deep fried panais (white radish) stuffed with anchovy paste.
Bream tartare with summer truffe, on a bed of cucumber, dill and sparkled with hazelnuts. I got a bite, quite good. (+ 3€)
Head of veal with “Vitello tonnato”, with capers flowers, croutons, ossau (the cheese?) and onions. I also had a bite, it was sublime, the best among all the entries.
Poached egg, with corn, chorizo, Comté and crunchy oriental Brick.
The egg was cooked with low temperature, yolk melting in the centre. Perfectly cooked, contrasted with the crunchy brick and chorizo and Comté, it was a delight.
Grilled sweetbread with a barbecue sauce on a bed of piperade, topped with fregula soufflé - the sweetbread was well cooked, maybe personally I find the dish a bit too sweet, while it has an interesting contrast of sweet, spiciness and sourness.
The duck dish was 2 dishes, duck confit on polenta, with some liver terrain (+ 6€)
Polenta fries with cherry pickles, red stem chard, with filets of Dombes duck cooked with honey. I like this plate more that the duck confit as it was quite heavy and more appropriate for winter, even it was good. I particularly like the cherry pickles, it was a good surprise.
Pork mignon with basil gnocchis, tomatoes, kalamata olives and lemon confit
Tapioca cooked in the style of riz au lait (rice pudding), with strawberry ice-cream, red oxalis and sugar palm - the strawberries and the ice cream was lovely. I would have preferred the real rice pudding than the relatively bland tapioca.
Almond espuma with melon ice-cream, opaline and financier cake - pretty impressive visually - I tasted a bit, the crunchy top (milk glass?) was a nice contrast with the almond taste.
Red fruits with thyme ice-cream, raspberries and meringue (+ 3€)
Ossau iraty (cheese) with black cherry jam and smoked Espelette pepper
We were not in the mood for a bottle, so each of us girls got ourselves a glass of red matched according to our main by the sommelier.
The menu was 45 euro, classical entry, main dish and dessert with an additional cost indicated in certain dishes. Our bill was 236 euros with 3 glasses of wine and 2 bottles of mineral water.
We enjoyed our meal with the relax atmosphere. The all males waiters were attentive, professional and efficient. I noticed that a couple was admitted without reservation at a bar table, but the room was starting to fill with diners starting from 8pm (Friday evening). Reservation is strongly recommended. It is good value for money. My friends were very impressed with the plating, they were happy with the food and the atmosphere. Personally, I think perhaps certain dishes were overly complex with the amount of work involved that I wondered if the labour cost was justified. Clearly we can see the ambition here.
Rush if you haven’t visit the place yet.
Tomy & Co.
22 Rue Surcouf
Tel: +33 1 45 51 46 93