Septime | Bertrand Grebaut | Bistro | Paris | Natural wine Restaurants, Wine, Travel, Opinions

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Restaurants and bars
Location: 48.853633,2.380546
Open: Lunch and dinner Tue - Fri, dinner Sat
Price: Moderate
Score (/20): 16.5

Reviewed By

Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Phone Number: 01 43 67 38 29
Address: 80 rue de Charonne
Paris, 75011
Country: France

Septime is a lovely new bistro in a quirky space in the up and coming 11th arrondissement of Paris. Here produce is king and the chef has the confidence not to contort the food to be what it isn't. Rather he adds touches and twists that help the produce to reveal more of itself to the diner. Deft choices of sauces or inspired combinations of flavours enhance the food rather than masking it here. Chef Bertrand Grebaut is certainly a chef of the moment!
The space is interesting, almost rustic in a NOMA sort of way. The wine list is a careful compilation of the most interesting natural wines from France and Italy (and beyond) with even rare and obscure wines such as the Belluard Le Feu being available. And finally, the waiting staff are efficient, friendly, knowledgeable and very welcoming.
There are lunchtime menus for an incredible bargain for day time eating. And for dinner the price goes up but is still very reasonable considering the quality of the food.
We started our most recent meal with scallops which had been sliced and served with pumpkin, sea urchin roe, mandarin and fresh herbs all sprinkled with a very lovely powder that was similar to the texture of bottarga. This was a very good start to the meal.
The next dish was trout with leeks, lemon slices and spinach this time the texture came from pistachio crumbs. Then on to lamb and potato with cabbage and herbs along with tiny Brussel sp



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