Finally found the kind of Parisian restaurant I was looking for, with the help of Alex Lobrano. If I was walking down the street and did not have the number I would not have found it.  Only open for a month and just got there before I am about to leave Paris for another year. (Alex Lobrano is a Paris based American who has published Hungry for Paris and maintains a website of same name.)

Chef in tiny open kitchen – there has to be a another one out back

It is the kind of restaurant that you want to keep to yourself or share only with your best friends who appreciate good food. So many Parisian restaurants are a let down and are costly to boot. I am not talking about the top echelon, just the middle of the road that charge too much and have indifferent service standards. So here is a chef who has worked at the top yet wants to run a restaurant that is well priced with quality ingredients and amiable staff.

The chef owner is only 28. Bertrand Grebaut has worked for Joel Robuchon and Alain Passard and seems not to have picked up the bad habits of many chefs who like the sound of their own voices. He toiled away quietly, almost in front of house at a small open kitchen. We liked the decor, rather minimalistic in an industrial chic way, the front of the restaurant doesn’t even have a sign up.

Septime in the 11 arrondissement is a great location as far as I am concerned, any further in north-west real estate it would have to be expensive.

His set price lunch was 2 courses for 21€ or 3 courses 26€, both included a glass of wine or a bottle of mineral water. Amazing value as we cannot get a decent meal in Parisian cafes and bistros.

Love the bread that came automatically to our table, and replaced if we wished, no charge. See the large rounds of sourdough bread behind the chef.

The food pictures tell the story.

Septime: 80, rue de Charonne, 75011 Tel 01 43 67 38 29 Closed Sunday & Monday.

  1. #1 by bagnidilucca on July 8, 2011 - 10:09 am

    Yum! I’m going to Paris in late September, I’ll be there.

  2. #2 by Celia on July 8, 2011 - 8:34 pm

    Delicious looking meal, Roz!

  3. #3 by Kenny on July 8, 2011 - 9:48 pm

    Feels homey like a certain restaurant we found in Venice down an alley one day. We met a wonderful couple there from Australia on their laptops! The food was personally made by the chef(owner) and like this restaurant you found in Paris, Roz, was unforgettable for us! Thanks for the great tip!

  4. #4 by Lynda on July 9, 2011 - 3:29 am

    The food looks delcious, especially the desert. Love the rustic look of the restaurant. Reminds me of one I went to in Melbourne a few years back. Old formica tables mismatched chairs etc but the food …yummy! Safe trip home, weather is great just now.

    • #5 by tastetravel on July 11, 2011 - 1:19 am

      We are back but trying to catch up with a few posts from the trip. We should organise a catchup soon.

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