Chef Bertrand Grébaut & Sommelier Théo Pourriat
Chef Bertrand Grébaut and sommelier Théo Pourriat are at the top of what French newspaper L’Express describes as the “Géneration New French Bistrot.” Friends since high school, they have teamed up to create three of the hottest destinations in Paris: Septime, Septime La Cave, and a seafood bar called Clamato. All three places are located right next to each other in the 11th Arrondissement. What makes their places so popular is the ability to combine simple food, fresh ingredients, stellar wines lists, and superb service all is a casual, but design heavy setting.
Chef & Sommelier Guide
Chef Bertand Grébaut
Chef and co-owner of Septime, Septime La Cave and Clamato in Paris. He worked at Marius et Jeannette, La Table de Joël Robuchon, and L’Arpège under acclaimed chef Alain Passard, when it won its first Michelin star.
Sommelier Théo Pourriat
Sommelier and co-manager of Septime, Septime La Cave and Clamato. Aside from the day-to-day and wine and beverage lists for his places, Pourriat is also heavily involved in the design.
Wine Shop | Le Cave du Chateaubriand
A truly unique wine store for Paris since they only offer natural wines and none of them are from France, which isn’t a problem for Théo. “It makes me happy that someone goes outside of France to find wine producers and make a name for them.”
129 Avenue Parmentier, 75011 Paris
Sandwiches | Chez Aline
“Fresh, vibrant, always changing,” says Bertrand. “From the simple jambon beurre to the Spanish tortilla that taste better than any other I’ve ever had. Everything is fantastic in this little sandwich shop.”
85 Rue de la Roquette, 75011 Paris
Kebabs | Miznon
Opened in October 2013 in the heart of the Marais it is owned by an Israeli television chef who also has a restaurant by the same name in Tel Aviv. The food is a fusion of Israeli and French cuisine served in a pita. Bertrand calls it “Traditional Jewish kebab. I especially love the cauliflower. This is the best street food in Paris right now.”
22 Rue des Ecouffes, 75004 Paris, France
LUNCH & DINNER
Steak | Le Severo
“For some reason, I like to come here to celebrate,” says Théo about this steakhouse with a serious wine list. “I come here for the ‘Faux-Filet’ and hand-cut fries as well as the wines that go with it. Maison Premiere owner Krystof Zizka adds his tip: “Don’t ask for ketchup!”
8 Rue des Plantes, 75014 Paris
Italian | Caffè dei Cioppi
Small, modest and only open four nights a week, Théo says, “It reminds you of what’s good. It’s an Italian restaurant in the Fauborg and I go once a week. They also have an amazing terrace.”
159 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine, 75011 Paris
Creative French | Le Chateaubriand
Bertrand describes chef Inaki Aizpitarte's restaurant as “the most creative, most rock n’ roll restaurant in Paris.” It is Basque-inspired cooking with a 60 euro tasting menu. It is highly suggested you book in advance, but you can only book the first seating. After that, you wait in line with fingers crossed.
129 Avenue Parmentier, 75011 Paris
T: +33.(0)188.8.131.52.95 | www.lechateaubriand.net
Dinner & Wine | Le Baratin
“The best restaurant in the world,” says Bertrand of this bistro à vin hidden away from the crowds in Belleville. You’ll see famous chefs like Olivier Rollinger coming here for Argentinian chef Raquel Carena’s simple, homey food and wine importers such as Kevin McKenna (of Louis / Dressner Selections) and Guilhaume Gerard (of Selection Massale) visiting for their natural wine list.
3 Rue Jouye-Rouve, 75020 Paris
French Chinese | Yam’tcha
“My favorite Chinese restaurant in Paris.” recommends Bertrand. “It is run by chef Adeline Grattar, who used to work at three-star L’Astrance under chef Pascal Barbot. It is a ‘Gastro’ restaurant with great wines and maybe the most successful fusion place in the city.” Chef Grattard worked in Hong Kong where she met her husband Chiwah, a tea sommelier. Together they create Franco-Chinois cuisine in a small and charming restaurant near Les Halles.
4 Rue Sauval, 75001 Paris, France
T: +33.(0)1.40.26.08.07 | www.yamtcha.com
Cocktails | Le Rosebud
Théo likes to visit the former haunt of existentialist like Jean-Paul Sartre and artists like Man Ray at this Montparnasse cocktail den where barmen wear white jackets and black tie. “I go when everything else is closed for amazing chili con carne with buttered bread (mouillette).”
11 B Rue Delambre, 75014 Paris
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