Passard trained rock star Chef Bertrand Grebaut’s modern neo-bistro is still one of the hottest tables in the city where scoring a reservation begs the question if it actually lives up to the hype.
Septime has been included in nearly every “must eat in Paris” list across the globe since opening three years ago – but this leaves some folks wondering what the fuss is about after flying all this way, having set the alarm at 3am for a month straight trying to get a reservation.
The restaurant is what it is – but is it for you?
It is, if you’re the kind of eater who lives to score a hot reservation that takes months to get, obsesses over pedigreed ingredients on small plates, “ambiance” means rustic-urban decor with Jimmy Hendrix on the stereo and your table mates are either food industry pros or globe-trotting foodies.
The menu is simply a list of three ingredients per dish and guests can order a few courses – but I wonder why one would? Go all the way and trust Bertrand with the full 55€ carte blanche menu?
We recently did and loved the juicy veal au lait with salty trout eggs, a bowl filled with a rich combination of mushroom, oyster, foie gras bouillon topped with sorrel for some acidity, tender pan-seared squid drizzled in bright green peppery oil, slow-cooked pork with golden Pontoise cabbage and anchovy cream, and finished with fromage blanc ice cream on savory pumpkin puree.
Wines are non-sulfite made by small producers, now available for sale across the street at their new Septime Cave - a popular neighborhood canteen for drinks & nibbles.
Lunch: entree + plat + dessert 28€, Dinner: 2 entrees + 2 plats + dessert, 55€. You can also order the full 5-course carte blanche menu during lunch (55€.)