Rue Saint Dominique Eiffel Tower view Paris

Date Night in Paris: Brasserie Thoumieux

It was way overdue. A night out.  On our own.  With dusk falling later on a clear Paris Spring Friday evening, I was meeting Antoine at the Brasserie Thoumieux. It was date night. Who says the French aren’t romantic?

Rue Saint Dominique Eiffel Tower view Paris

Brasserie Thoumieux is on one of my favourite streets in Paris, rue Saint-Dominique in the 7th arrondissement.  Not only is it dominated by the Eiffel Tower but it’s home to many other great eateries, patisseries, bakeries and chocolate shops. It’s also parallel to the quiet, hidden rue Bosquet, where we lived for 5 years. Twenty years on, walking around its neighbouring lively rue Cler, it’s filled with many more tourists than before and happy – often embarrassing – memories of being a newcomer in Paris. Moving swiftly on…

menu and aperitif Thoumieux brasserie 7th Paris

… like the waiters here. Service was attentive and swift but with enough time to peruse the interesting menu of chef Jean-François Piège. He’s perhaps more well known for being on the jury of France’s TopChef but he opened Thoumieux (also a restaurant and boutique hotel) with Thierry Costes, after leaving the hotel Crillon 5 years ago. Sipping on our apéritif (white Vinsobres wine – fun translation as sober wine!), we sat comfortably into the elegant Burgundy red velvety chairs while we spread the customary on-the-house smoked sardine rillettes (or pâté) on crusty bread, as we finally made our choices.

asparagus starter and pizza soufflé Brasserie Thoumieux Paris

Antoine normally goes for brasserie classics, although here they had a fun twist like the legendary pizza soufflé to start.  Chef Piège has put up the recipe here.  As the first of the asparagus from Provence poked its head on the menu, I couldn’t resist trying them with this puff pastry flower-pot presentation. Slightly too sweet for me but loved the sauce mousseline and toasted hazelnuts.  I’m definitely adding toasted hazelnuts to this asparagus clafoutis recipe (uses 4 egg yolks, macaron lovers!).

main courses at brasserie Thoumieux Paris

It’s hard to believe I was vegetarian for so long.  As Antoine loved his French take on a hamburger served in paper, I took my time with the perfectly cooked pigeon (pigeonneau is a young pigeon). As you can tell from the terrible photos, there wasn’t much light and by dessert, it was impossible to shoot something worthy of its taste. I went for the simple Gariguette sweet strawberries with a mint emulsion, although I got a strong tang of lime rather than mint which was just as good. (Incidentally, Thoumieux sounds like tout mieux, meaning ‘everything’s better’).

dessert menu proposals by chef Jean-Francois Piege

What’s also surprising are the value-for-money prices for such an elegant address.  The wine list is impressive and can rocket the bill but there are many by the glass and carafe options that are great value. Tables are not too close, either, so you can actually have a conversation at the table – although that Friday night it was perhaps different than usual but it was pleasantly calm.  I’m definitely returning to try other tempting dishes and lure hubby on another date night.

Brasserie near Eiffel Tower Paris

And it goes without saying, an after-dinner stroll to the Eiffel Tower is a romantic must. When in Paris…

Eiffel Tower night shot in Paris

Like date nights, this post is also way overdue. Blame it on being cut off from the internet for nearly two weeks!  Have you gone that long being disconnected?  Ouf!  It’s good to be back. Oh, and a quick disclaimer: all opinions are my own, this visit was purely personal and I was hubby’s guest.

Update 8 December:

I’m sad to report that on returning to the restaurant this weekend, we had an unlucky experience and feel you should be informed.  We arrived with friends on a Saturday night, assuring them this was going to be great.  No so.  By 8.30pm they dramatically turn down the lights.  So much so, it’s difficult to read the menu!  And if it’s hard trying to read the menu, you can imagine that eating isn’t that much easier: we could hardly see what I was on our plates!  Diners at neighbouring tables were also disturbed by this, as we were all fighting for more candles and using our mobile phone torches! Not one member of staff reacted to our asking for the lights to be turned up. What’s worse?  Yes, I’m afraid to say it continues: the service was not nearly up to the same quality as the previous time.  Sadly, we shall not be returning.

Brasserie Thoumieux
58 rue Saint-Dominique, 75007 Paris
I found table reservations were easy by email via their website.
Open on Sundays and Mondays, too

18 replies
  1. Thomasina
    Thomasina says:

    I love your own opinions and I love the way you described your date night. Thanks, Jill. I’ve never heard of this place – and not far from the Eiffel Tower? Brilliant. Must add this to the list next time in Paris.

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  2. tony
    tony says:

    The paradox is this is no touristy place – it is genuinely good 🙂 thanks Jill ! (and which one are you commenting on next ? 🙂

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  3. Liz
    Liz says:

    What a delicious meal…and a lovely evening for you and Antoine. So glad you enjoyed some child free time…often difficult with school aged ones still underfoot! Happy to see you back on the blog!!! xo

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  4. June S
    June S says:

    Aye Jull, you’ve come a long way since gammon steaks and pineapple and even egg and tomato sandwiches. Ask Antoine if I could come on your next date night please.

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  5. Lady Devilish
    Lady Devilish says:

    So jealous of you living in the city of love… I’m planning on coming over soon so restaurant reviews like this are great!

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  6. Cupcake Crusher
    Cupcake Crusher says:

    Love every single blogpost you make – they make me smile. I don’t get the chance to comment very often, as I use my mobile most of the time and it doesn’t work on your website. I’d love to meet you, you’re so bubbly and sweet. Do you do any tours of Paris I could go to?

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  7. Liz
    Liz says:

    Oh Jill – it’s a lovely description of something wonderful – sounds like a lovely meal in a romcom! Parfait! Thanks for sharing! Liz

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  8. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef says:

    Finally, someone talks about something in Paris that I know about. My favorite street is Rue Cler and I stayed there a gazillion years ago in a tiny (miniscule) hotel that had an elevator that held one person OR one suitcase. I loved it. I’m older and require better accommodation these days but we usually stay in that area because I love going to Rue Cler for a baguette with homemade jam for breakfast.

    I need to come back and go on a date night at this restaurant. soon. 🙂

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  9. Jamie
    Jamie says:

    I would love to eat at Jean-François Piège’s restaurant! What a wonderful meal and experience. *sigh* And romantic. Happy you. And thanks for the link to the recipe for pizza soufflé?!!! Yay!

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  10. Lake Lili
    Lake Lili says:

    The asparagus dish looks divine, but will admit that in the photo the pastry looks more like smoked salmon (which we voted as a preference to the pastry!) Here’s to many more date nights!

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