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Pirouette in the 1st: Always Pushing the Envelope, Tomy He.

By Johntalbott

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Pirouette, an old favorite of ours since it opened, is not only one of the friendliest places in Paris, largely because of its hosts' enthusiasm, not only one of the best price-quality ones, but one where the chef, Tomy/Tommy Gousset constantly invents and pushes the envelope.

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I took one look at the carte and honed in on the foie gras with peanuts and cilantro; Wow, my stuff!  But before that, the chef sent out an amuse for us of another starter - gnocchis with burrata and chanterelles - double Wow!

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For mains, Colette had the merlu (wild hake) with shimesi and bulots (which she raved about); one of our guests had the veal special and her husband and I had the game of the day - chevreuil, beautifully sourced and marinated for 10 hours in red wine and cooked to perfection (unpictured).

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Then Colette, never one to turn down rice pudding with caramel, ordered it and our friends had the chocolate tart; but the chef, not wanting any of  us to go hungry, sent out four bowls of parsley ice cream, slices of kiwi fruits and a citron sable (he later asked me if I liked it, it being his latest inspiration).  PS We did.

Our bill with no bottled water but 2 bottles and a glass of wine and three coffees was 110 E a couple.

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