At a Glance:
Essential Paris - one of my top five favourite addresses to eat. Bertrand Grébaut & Théo Pourriat’s chic casual seafood bar is as wildly popular these days as their restaurant Septime next door. It is the place to be with friends to share small plates of pristine seafood & natural wine. The menu changes daily (printed on hand tinted paper with the day's date). Bonus points for being open all day Saturday and Sunday when most restaurants are closed.
Utah beach oysters, Fish rillettes, Ceviche, Tuna Tartare, Sea urchin, Baked razor clams/toasted hazelnuts/herb butter, Scallops/brown butter/cauliflower puree, Octopus carpaccio/grapefruit pulp/anchovy, Smoked shrimp/roasted red pepper/white beans. The signature dessert is maple syrup tart with Chantilly cream. You're welcome.
WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:
Clamato is an a la carte seafood restaurant. As part of the buzzy wine bar ambiance, they use an a la carte menu format so that diners can order several plates to share, 4-6 plates (8-12 on the menu) are the norm. Don’t be surprised to see chefs and food industry folk ordering the entire menu, twice. They are there to socialise and not leaving any time soon.
Clamato is not a quiet romantic restaurant – it is a popular fast-paced place packed with people who all know each other table-hopping to say hello. If you prefer a calmer environment, reserve at their sister restaurant Septime.
Reservations for dinner are taken Wed-Friday nights, but Clamato is open non-stop first-come first-serve on Saturday & Sunday from noon until 11pm.
OTHER BUSINESSES OWNED BY CLAMATO:
Septime – Their casual one-star restaurant next door featuring hyper-sourced seasonal ingredients, #35 best restaurant in the list of 50 best restaurants in the world, impossible reservation.
Septime La Cave – Their wine shop across the street serving small nibbling plates & glasses/bottles of wine. Perfect for grabbing a snack or drink before dinner.
See my full Paris City Guide to find my favourite restaurants by neighbourhood.