This small bistro was opened by the Tischenko brothers (Romain Tischenko was the winner of Top Chef in 2010) about 4 years ago. It only seats a couple dozen people and it was packed. The name Le Galopin means “cheeky kid”. They serve only a 7 course tasting menu at dinner and their are no upgrades, etc. only substitutions for allergies. It appears to be simple but there is often a surprise tucked underneath. This very flavorful food is prepared with care. I would go again in a heartbeat!
We started with several amuse bouche. The blood sausage and greens were both strong flavors but they blended so well together it was a perfect combination.
The shrimp bouillon had just a touch of spice but exploded with flavor and was accented with some delicious smoked eel.
The mackerel was tasty. It had been cured in something citrus like ceviche and then served with an interesting citrus sauce with leeks. It was the weakest of the three but still quite acceptable.
For mains plates we started with perfectly cooked brill that was surrounded by mild flavors including cheese and bottarga (salted and pressed mullet eggs). It was nice.
Second was the milk fed lamb and carrot and date which was wonderfully cooked and yummy.
The first dessert of apple and tarragon was a mild tarragon taste but incredible apple which also appeared in a green colored ice form. There was a mock ricotta cheese underneath and it all mixed together to be a great combination of flavors and textures.
The ginger ice cream was not subtle but tasted amazing with the thick, rich caramel sauce. Then add some little crunchies underneath and it was outstanding coalescence of flavors. It had me licking the plate!