Chef Thomas Brachet
Les Arlots, Paris
Les Arlots is a highly regarded, energetic Parisian bistro run by chef Thomas Brachet and sommelier Tristan Renoux. Located in the 10th arrondissement, a short walk from Gare Du Nord, Les Arlots has been serving Certified Irish Hereford Prime since it first opened it’s doors.
We chatted to Thomas as he prepared for a busy lunch setting… ‘In the 10 years before opening Les Arlots, I’ve served Hereford Prime in the various restaurants I’ve cooked at. The taste and the smoothness of the grain were always so dependable. We knew we could trust it when we opened our own restaurant.’
‘When you cook it you see the real difference. Because the Hereford cattle are so well raised, their fibre is tight. This means when you put it on heat there is a nice crust, it’s not full of water. The colouring too is perfect. The other thing about this beef is that it has a hazelnut taste and a real fineness to the fat. It’s about the texture as well as the taste.’
‘I am often asked why do I not work with French meat. My answer is because, more than anything, I need consistency. I need trust. I need the meat to be regular all the time. Something I have with Jean Denaux and Hereford prime.’
‘We serve the rib steak and the hanger steak, Certified Irish Hereford Prime is at the top of its game. It really is the Rolls-Royce of meat.’