Dominique Bouchet – A Michelin star restaurant
I tried the fabulous restaurant Dominque Bouchet and got to meet the man behind it: Dominque Bouchet. A man who has worked as chef de cuisine in some of Paris´most famous Michelin starred restaurants such as Tour d´argent, Crillon and Joel Robuchon. I talked to him about luxury. Read about it here and discover his outstanding restaurant.
Not far from the park Monceau you´ll find the fabulous restaurant named after himself: Dominique Bouchet. A modern, classy place, where fine food is served. This is also where I met Dominique…
Dominique studied at the Hotel Management School and was hired by Joël Robuchon at an age of 22. In 1978 he became Chef de Cuisine of Jamin (2 starred Michelin restaurant in Paris.) From 1981 to 1988 he became Chef de Cuisine of the world famous restaurant La Tour d’Argent (3 Michelin stars)…and in 1997 he became Chef de Cuisine of the hotel de Crillon (2 Michelin stars) and when the opportunity came, he started his own business and opened a restaurant in his own name…
I went there to try it and was absolutely fan…
As I walked in the restaurant I was immediately swept away by the stylish tables, the white napkins and the beautiful handmade plates. The decoration was fabulous: Elegant and with a link to nature.
The flower vase was made of small logs, and the towel rings had small leaves on them. I interpreted it as a respect for the nature that enriches us with fresh ingredients for our food and a certain life balance.
Long before the food was served I had become enchanted by this place.
I tasted a glass of champagne with tiny bubbles and a fabulous taste. Le blanc de blancs – Dominque Bouchet´s own favorite.
The next dish was a Lobster Parmentier with white butter sauce, chives and caviar. It was fabulous and the light taste of lemon in the sauce worked out perfectly with the lobster. The white wine was fresh and vivid…
Then a roasted turbot fish with truffle, artichoke, pan-fried wild mushrooms, gratinated onions and a delicious Bordeaux sauce was served. I loved the soft texture of the fish and the perfect combination of the vegetables that accompanied it.
I asked him: what is luxury to you?
He said “Luxury is to have time and to do things you love to do, with people you care about. It´s not about eating caviar and drinking champagne every evening. If you have it all the time it will become banal.
To me luxury is about the rare, about sharing, about the small things that makes you dream… Personally I think that realizing a dream is a luxury.
I like to go to a place not far from where I live and have fresh oysters and Burgundy wine with people I love! It is about the small things in life. I don´t like the kind of luxury that is only about showing off; rolex watches and Louis Vuitton bags everywhere.”
I asked him: what is your favorite experience?
He said “I started working 50 years ago, in 1966..but the experience that marked me the most was during my learning period. The chef that taught me about cooking was hard, demanding but human. he was great”.
What made you want to become a chef?
“I grew up at the countryside and saw my mom cook. She always used fresh ingredients from each season. Already from an age of 8 I knew that I wanted to cook.”
And your inspiration?
“I find inspiration from the moment..I like to go to the market all by myself and get inspired. I find one main ingredient (lobster for example) and then I create everything else around it. I like it to be simple. I like people to taste the main ingredient. Beside that I love sauce. You have to be generous in the kitchen – it is about love!”
After our talk I discovered his Wa-Bi salon
In 2007, Dominique added the Wa-Bi Salon to his restaurant..a place where you can discover the best of Japanese culture. A culture that he´s particularly fond of. I tasted some of the Japanese wine there…Surprisingly good.
I can only recommend you to discover his restaurant. You are in for an experience. Find it at
11 rue Treilhard
Tél. : +33 1 45 61 09 46
12h – 14h
19h30 – 21h30
Closed on week-ends