From New York to Tokyo and everywhere in between, these restaurants are musts on every bucket list.
During a wine tasting while in Paris, the discussion turned to restaurants and I shared my frustration about not being able to get a booking at Septime. One of the guests at the table, Xavier, happened to supply wines to Septime. He said he could get me a table, then hopped on his scooter and booked me in. The atmosphere in Septime is casual and fuss-free, and service is attentive and meticulous like a fine dining restaurant. All dishes had a minimalist aesthetic but the cooking techniques reflected an understanding of textures, flavours, and balance. My favourites: the bouillon of mushroom, squid, egg yolk, and winter truffles. 80 Rue de Charonne, Paris. Tel: +33 1 43 67 38 29. www.septime-charonne.fr
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