The newest bottle shop on the block from the boys behind Septime. Shop to go, or stay and pop your cork with a €7 droit de bouchon. Snack options, for those lucky enough to snag a stool or a piece of counter, include pancetta di Colonnata, house-smoked duck breast, anchovies with ricotta, foie gras with smoked eel, with prices ranging from €4-14. This isn’t a restaurant, a place for large groups, or a substitute for Septime, but it promises to be a perfect spot for a high-quality/low-key apéro. Dead cheap glasses from €3-5.
Grébaut’s former sous-chef Marco (at right) will be opening Gare au Gorille in October
Good news for people (like us) who have a hard time getting into Septime: two alums have joined forces to open a new bistro in October on the rue des Dames.
Marco, who was second to Bertrand Grébaut at the time of Septime’s opening, will be running the kitchen at Gare au Gorille. Louis, who is known by Septime fans as “the really tall and nice one,” will be taking care of the front of house.
The Michelin Guide has just released its 2014 designations. Here’s a quick summary, for those who are still following the Red Guide, plus links to the reactions from local and foreign critics.
This seafood and shellfish-centric joint from Bertrand Grébaut of Septime had its soft opening on November 1st and will open to the public tonight. We’ll update this page as soon as we know more.
Address: 80 rue de Charonne, 75011
Nearest transport: Charonne (9)
Telephone: 01 43 72 74 53
Reviews of interest
- Le Fooding (2013) ” Et avec, surtout, par petites touches tueuses, du cru brut de mer et d’estuaire (huîtres d’Utah Beach ou de Maldon accompagnées de tabasco maison, de vinaigre de rancio-échalotes et de beurre sur tranches de miche signée Landemaine, 16-18 €), du pas cuit finement paré au bar par la Québécoise Erika (tartare veau-huître avec feuilles d’estragon et chips maison; dorade royale au leche de tigre et framboises fraîches; saint-jacques, potimaron et zestes de cédrat…) et du cambusé de première classe (couteaux au beurre d’herbes et amandes; anguille fumée, cocos et graines; « acrabes » et sauce huankaina…).”
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It’s that time of year again…the foodie frenzy over the annual San Pellegrino restaurant rankings has begun. The biggest shakeup was in the top three with El Celler De Can Roca taking the #1 title away from Noma who’d held it for the past three years. Osteria Francescana knocked Mugaritz down a notch to claim third place.
There are no French restaurants in the Top 10… again.
France was not feeling the love last night as only 5 restaurants made it to the top 50. The highest ranked is L’Arpège at #16, who replaced L’Atelier Saint-Germain de Joël Robuchon as the highest rated French restaurant. Le Chateaubriand followed at #18, then L’Astrance at #23 with L’Atelier Saint-Germain de Joël Robuchon slipping 12 spots to #24.
Septime makes it into the big leagues.
Bertrand Grébaut’s Septime cracked the extended list last year at #87. His team leapt 38 spots to sneak into the top 50 for the first time at #49. Septime, in fact, was the only Paris restaurant whose ranking rose instead of fell in 2013.
Alain Ducasse received a lifetime achievement award, but no ranking.
The famed French chef was honored for his worldwide legacy of quality, longevity, and mentorship but not a single one of his 24 restaurants appeared on the list. Only Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée and Le Louis XV made it onto the extended version at numbers 79 and 96 respectively.
Pierre Gagnaire doesn’t make an appearance.
Pierre Gagnaire, who was well within the top 20 last year at #17, was bumped off this year’s top fifty t0 land at #51.
- L’Arpège #16, again, up from #19 in 2011, not ranked in 2010 or 2009, #46 in 2008
- Le Chateaubriand #18 in 2013, down from #15 in 2012, #9 in 2011, #11 in 2010, #40 in 2009
- L’Astrance #23 in 2013, down from #18 in 2012, #13 in 2011, #16 in 2010, #11 in 2009, #11 in 2008
- L’Atelier Saint-Germain de Joël Robuchon #24 in 2013, down from #12 in 2012, #14 in 2011, #29 in 2010, #18 in 2009, #14 in 2008
- Septime #49 in 2013, up from #87 in 2012
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- Noma, Denmark
- Osteria Francescana, Italy
- Mugaritz, Spain
- Eleven Madison Park, USA
- D.O.M, Brazil
- Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, UK
- Arzak, Spain
- Steirereck, Austria
- Vendome, Germany
- Per Se, USA
- Frantzen/Lindeberg, Sweden
- The Ledbury, UK
- Astrid Y Gaston, Peru
- Alinea, USA
- L’Arpege, France
- Pujol, Mexico
- Le Chateaubriand, France
- Le Bernardin, USA
- Narisawa, Japan
- Attica, Australia
- Nihonryori RyuGin, Japan
- L’Astrance, France
- L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, France
- Hof van Cleve, Belgium
- Quique Dacosta, Spain
- Le Calandre, Italy
- Mirazur, France
- Daniel, USA
- Aqua, Germany
- Biko, Mexico
- Nahm, Bangkok
- The Fat Duck, UK
- Fäviken, Sweden
- Oud Sluis, Netherlands
- Amber, Hong Kong
- Vila Joya, Portugal
- Restaurant Andre, Singapore
- 8 1/2 Otto et Mezzo, Hong Kong
- Combal Zero, Italy
- Piazza Duomo, Italy
- Schloss Schauenstein, Switzerland
- Mr and Mrs Bund, China
- Asador Etxebarri, Spain
- Geranium, Denmark
- Mani, Brazil
- The French Laundry, USA
- Quay, Australia
- Septime, France
- Central, Peru