Together, Tiphaine Mollard and Romain Casas – friends in and out of the kitchen – are about to open their first restaurant in Paris, simply called DEUX Restaurant. She comes from Savoy and has trained at Benoit by Alain Ducasse and Le Club. He comes from Bearn and has strained at Carré des Feuillants and Les Contrebandiers. And together, they create gastronomy mixing their regions of origin.
In January last year, they decide to keep working together, but in their own restaurant. This is how DEUX Restaurant was born, as they wanted to shine a light on terroirs and small producers from Savoy and South-West.
From this past September, gastronomes can discover what this blend of regions tastes like thanks to mouthwatering dishes from the browsing of the menu, well made and delicious once served. Of course, the menu is packed with regional nods: diots, gingerbread with Savoy honey, Xipister, squash gnocchi with Ossau-Iraty, beans from Tarbes... A wonderful panorama of these regions' terroirs.
We start our regional tour with fried perch from Parpillon and smelts (€12) to dip in Bearne pepper tartare; lentils (€11) served with hearty pieces of smoked diots from Boucherie Cottaz, thorns and candied egg yolk; and a very different starter, Scallop carpaccio (€13), Xipister - a typical sauce from South-West based on chili pepper - leek, quinoa, watercress and walnut from Grenoble.
Main courses were a nice discovery as well with an original veal blanquette and kidneys (€24), lovely plated with chunks of seared veal's kidney - but the meat was overcooked; and the stuffed guinea fowl (€25) from Duplantier, served boneless with a nice meat gravy and a delicious potato, smoked sunchoke and reblochon gratin.
Desserts are not left out either. We could not recommend the roasted pear (€9), dulce de leche and seared Pastis Landais too much; or the Armagnac baba, whipped cream and citrus (€11), generously splashed in Armagnac.
And at weekends, brunch will be served to foodies including eggs, a main course and dessert to choice, served with homemade pancakes and jams. And rumor has it the French toast, whipped cream and salted butter caramel is to die for.
Dates and Opening Time
Starts 15 December 2021
58 Rue de la Font au Roi
75011 Paris 11