5 hours ago
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Every sidewalk table we walk by invites us to sit down and enjoy.
I am not a youngster anymore, and these 6 mile a day walks are not doing anything to keep the muffin top off my waistline.
Wine and bread, plus pastries daily (and nightly!), does not help.
I am in love with this beautiful city, and by now we know where to go and where NOT go to for food!
We usually try a few new places, like the hot and trendy Septime in the 11eme.
We were lucky enough to score a reservation at this oh so popular restaurant!
Septime just was awarded 1 Michelin star, and the young chef deserves it.
We chose the degustation menu, a 6 course tasting.
They ask what you DON'T like, and I said oysters and bananas.
Henry said: no mushrooms; eggplant; goat cheese (could be a problem in France); tete a veau; pigs feet; oysters; steak tartare; and no offal for him.
Ok, pain in the ass Americans, let's see what the chef can come up with!
We started w/ sea bass crudo and French radish........grilled calamari w/ red peppers & rhubarb.........bar fish with grilled haricot verts........pork belly with turnips, carrots and beets (w/ some chevre on the side).......all served with unusual and delicious seasonal vegetable sauces.
Dessert was a sweet corn ice cream w/ squash mousse........and a poached fig w/ berry sorbet, shortbread and fromage frais.
AND THIS WAS LUNCH.
We loved the casual laid back atmosphere and friendly waiters here compared to other Michelin star restaurants.
If you can score a hard to get reservation for lunch or dinner here, it will be worth the trouble to get in.
On our way home we picked up some of the best strudel on the planet at Murciano, a Jewish bakery in the Marais.
Thank goodness it's a 3.5 mile walk back to the apartment.