Septime La Cave
This wine shop cum mini cave à manger (20 m2) from the Grébaut-Pourriat duo acts as a hip waiting room for lovers of classy drinks ’n’ nibbles and all those on the waitlist for Clamato. What should you expect? Bottles that pair nicely with the small finger-licking stunners dreamt up by Bertrand Grébaut. The night we went: a marvelous wagyu beef dry-aged for 24 months (€14); stunning mozzarella and tomato salad with a blackberry twist (€10); fresh figs haloed by some mouthwatering feta and runny honey (€9); a spirited mixture of artichokes, crushed hazelnuts and a soft Nanina ricotta (€9); not to mention their incredible Ardèche saucisson (€8). So many good reasons to test the 10 wines served by the glass daily and chase down the perfect pairing: a stunning Sicilian SP68 from Arianna Occhipinti (€6.50 a glass), Clef de Sol from La Grange Tiphaine (€8), Le Petit Chemin, a white Loire from Benoît Courault (€6.50), etc. Plates €4-16. // S.L.