I heard about Septime lunch a while ago and decided to take Jonathan to try it out. It’s not easy to make reservations there, they have a web-site with a booking system calender but free spots turned out to be not so free and so we had to book far in advance.
I reserved our table for 13:30. Jonathan was early, but unfortunately early for the wrong address: he mixed up “Charonne” st. with “Charenton” st… Surprisingly it’s only 800 meters between 80 rue Charenton and 80 rue Charonne and he was only few minutes behind! Amazing coincidence.
I really liked the rustic-effortless style of the place, at lunch time it was full of colorful people sitting in wooden chairs and wooden tables, simple but neat, old yet chic.
The service was a little bit annoying at the beginning, we were confused by two waiters, one for drinks and one for the menu, and as we hadn’t decided on the drinks yet, that made both of them a bit stressed. We took our time but they kept asking about the drinks and insisting on speaking to us in English even though both of us preferred speaking French and even after I said we’re fine with French…
We were also confused because we read the lunch menu includes a wine glass but now it’s not… Prices increasing. The wine glass were additional 6-7 euro .
We ordered two different entrées and plates and the same dessert (because there’s only one dessert / fromage and both of us are sweet endings believers) and a glass of dry white wine.
I really enjoyed this lunch, it was such a beautiful meal in a small price. Everything was pretty but also worked well together to balance the flavors, every dish thought through. The cons: no selection of a dessert… it’s a shame because if you’re a table of two sharing everything you can use another different dessert, maybe something less fruity. Also the meal is very light and not heavy which can be good, but in a sense we could use a little amuse bouche or another little bite of something.. It wasn’t very fulfilling. The waiters were a little bit nervous in the beginning but chilled down after we ordered. The rhythm of serving the dishes was perfect for me.