Toulouse. More fat, less sugar: they open the first ketogenic restaurant in France

The Keto restaurant in Toulouse, open on Thursday, April 28, 2022, offers bistronomic dishes based on ketogenic cuisine, that is, with low carbohydrate consumption. (©Facebook/Keto)

Cooking, “food”, are the pleasures best shared, like an Epicurean thread of Ariadne among men. The latest fashion curiosity in Toulouse? Ketogenic cooking, commonly referred to as keto. The principle can be summarized in one essential point: the drastic reduction of daily carbswhich often makes up half of the composition of what we eat every day, where the ketogenic diet reduces the rate to 5 or 10%.

Draw in fat, not sugar

The goal: that the body no longer derives its energy from sugar, but from fat. A method that has proven its value in controlling epileptic seizures in children a century ago.

Two childhood friends in the project

It is this trend thatazizformer marketing manager and maha, sports coach, wants to develop in Toulouse, but also throughout France. The two childhood friends, who grew up in Les Minimes and played rugby league at Olympic Toulouse a few years ago, crossed paths around keto. “I’ve been practicing keto for six years and managed to lose 15 kg without depriving myself”, testifies Maha, largely inspired by a more advanced fashion in Anglo-Saxon countries (Canada, United States, Australia, etc.) one of the promoters of the ketogenic diet, Ulrich Genisson.

Maha then “passes” the virus to Aziz. With the same positive result on the scales!

The team at Keto restaurant in Toulouse: from left to right: Aziz and Maha (co-managers), Paul (chef), Kilian and Amandine.
The team at Keto restaurant in Toulouse: from left to right: Aziz and Maha (co-managers), Paul (chef), Kilian and Amandine. (© Actu Toulouse/Anthony Assémat)

“The first 100% keto restaurant in France”

Their questioning, accentuated during the first confinement from March 2020, resulted in the opening of the “first keto restaurant in France”, they explain. “This is what resulted from our market research”, say the two co-managers (there are four in all). Thursday, April 28, 2022 Keto opened its doors in the trendy neighborhood of the Stock Exchangerue Clémence Isaure (where the Avalon Pub virtual reality space was still located in early 2022).

Ketogenic cooking, instructions for use

For Aziz and Maha, ketogenic cooking is “unfairly” associated with the concept of diet. Just a quick glance at the menu to realize that you can delight yourself with this new address: cheese platter, fish, chicken ballotine, piece of meat, pork loin…

“Everything is keto, from starter to dessert. Our dishes are low in carbohydrates and enriched in fat. Meat, for example, is cooked at low temperature, often sautéed in butter, and vacuum packed. We work the product raw. , and everything is seasonal and local. We mainly use olive oil, oilseeds, 30% fresh cream…”.

mahaKeto restaurant co-manager

“Copious, gourmet and good eater” dishes

Rethinking the way of cooking, in natura or minimally processed products… Keto exclusively offers “healthy, gourmet and good-to-eat” dishes, Maha insists, which bring you a feeling of satiety. “Our dishes are made bistronomically. Our desire is to produce first-class quality”, continues Aziz.

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With Keto, the people of Toulouse want to “relieve the guilt and de-stress the relationship with food”.

Keto cooking, music and stand up!

The restaurant offers a hundred covers with two distinct spaces: a more classic main room, and a basement still under construction where the managers prepare other surprises and other novelties. ‘Cause you can taste keto on your plate while you enjoy a musical atmosphere or a comedy show. Artists perform live on certain nights a week, and entertainment will be refined from June 2022.

“Starting in June, we will be doing shows from Thursday to Saturday night, and from September, from Tuesday to Thursday, we will be organizing stand-up nights. We are going to transform the basement room into a stage with high tables and tapas. The approach is the same in cooking and entertainment: relieve the guilt and have fun.”

azizKeto restaurant co-manager

Goal: create a market

For Aziz and Maha, this versatile and atypical, 100% keto place should be the first step towards a true ketogenic cooking boom in France. “Ultimately, we would like to manufacture our own keto products to our specifications. And why not develop a ketogenic street food brand,” concludes Aziz.

Short, to create a market and leave its mark in this still incipient sector. So, ready to switch to keto mode?

Keto Restaurant. 9, rue Clémence Isaure, in Toulouse.
From Tuesday to Saturday, from 18:30 to 2:00.
Such. : 05 61 21 96 62.
Information on Facebook and Instagram page.

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