At a Glance:
Passard trained Chef Bertrand Grebaut's modern, one star, neo-bistro is still one of the hardest reservations to score in the world for the seasonal menus, large selection of natural wines & casual rustic decor. Since opening six years ago, they've been included in nearly every “must eat in Paris” list across the globe including the recent #35 on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list. But this leaves some folks wondering if it will live up to the hype having stalked the online reservations for months to score a table. The answer to that is that the food isn't going to taste any different than if it was easy to get a reservation. They do what they do and Septime checks a lot of boxes for a lot of people, including your table neighbours who are either food industry pros, locals or globe-trotting foodies. I often wake up craving Septime. There are very few places in Paris where I can eat in a casual setting at this price point, with a laid back vibe, stellar food, wine pairings & relaxed music. The extensive wine list is a who's who of small producers making wine with love - not additives.
Lunch: Raw Bonita fish/beets/fleur de sel, Wild asparagus/turbot/artichoke, Pintade egg/green asparagus/beaufort cream, Apricots/honey/granola/thyme. Dinner: Milk-fed veal /salty trout eggs, Mushroom/oyster/sorrel/foie gras bouillon, Pan-seared squid/peppery oil, Slow-cooked pork/Pontoise cabbage/anchovy cream, Fromage blanc ice cream/pumpkin puree.
WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:
Please know that Septime offers a set tasting menu of multiple courses planned in advance, which means that they ordered the ingredients just for the menu that day. I can’t tell you how many times vegetarians, vegans or picky eaters have told me “there wasn’t enough for me to eat on the tasting menu.”
The rhythm of a French meal starts with vegetables, moves to seafood, then to red meat, cheese and dessert. This is what you will be eating unless you have food allergies. If so, say so at the time of booking so they can plan in advance, it will be too late once at the table.
If the wine list is too extensive, order the wine pairing.
Don’t expect fussy hovering service because it has a Michelin star – the team is professional, friendly and has been together since opening. They know their food and wine enough to be helpful – not pretentious – and leave you to enjoy your meal together.
OTHER BUSINESSES OWNED BY SEPTIME:
Clamato – Their uber casual sister restaurant next door featuring all seafood.
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.
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