Bertrand Grebaut’s Septime Restaurant


Passard trained Chef Bertrand Grebaut’s modern, one star, casual neo-bistro is still one of the hottest tables in the city and has been included in nearly every “must eat in Paris” list across the globe since opening five years ago.

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 hype is that it actually checks a lot of boxes for a lot of people.

The restaurant is what it is… Pedigreed ingredients, cool rustic-farmhouse decor with Jimmy Hendrix on the stereo and your table mates are either food industry pros 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 great ambiance, laid back vibe, stellar food, wine pairings & music.

But is it for you?

The paper menu simply lists three ingredients per dish and guests can order a few courses – but I wonder why one would? Seriously, go all the way and trust Bertrand & team with the full 55€ carte blanche menu to get a taste of what they do. You scored a table after all, make it count.

Creative dishes aren’t too crazy, just clean fresh and inventive plates of (for example) juicy milk-fed veal with salty trout eggs, a rich bouillon 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.

The extensive amount of wines on the list are non-sulfite made by small producers internationally, also available for sale across the street at their new Septime Cave – a popular neighborhood canteen for drinks & nibbles.

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 to be helpful – not pretentious – and leave you to enjoy your meal together.

 

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€.)