Wanderlust, Quai d’Austerlitz, is the must visit hip multi-purpose destination, where nothing’s fixed, where creative universes cross, meet, evolve with the seasons. At Wanderlust, the WE restaurant fits in with the overall concept, an eclectic place, experimental and festive, to “enjoy, to spend time and let time pass”, says young chef Bertrand Grébaut of Septime, Paris.
Graphic artist, Grébaut became a chef because he was passionate about cooking. Trained by Robuchon and Passard he launched Septime in 2011 – the WE dishes an extension of his exciting, light and young cuisine where Beyoncé and Jay-Z recently lunched with their daughter Blue Ivy: They ordered Légumes de Saison: Merlan and vegetables au beurre blanc et sa pâte de hazlenut. And, of course, no dessert!
At WE Grébaut sets the culinary ball rolling, preceding Christophe Pelé, Arnaud Daguin in the Autumn and Alexandre Gautier for winter. Starters: Veau de lait cru / huitre / potatoes: Ceviche de poisson / celeri / navet: Asperge / lard de colonnata / ail des ours/Petits pois / fraise / menthe. Mains /Oeuf de poule / poireaux / oseille/Cabillaud (selon arrivage) / fenouil / vierge de moule: Poulette du patis / grenailles / faisselle/Boeuf / cresson / anchois: Dessert: Pomme / crème crue / noisette: Chocolat / menthe / café: Pistache / agrumes
There’s also le brunch du dimanche, le tea time du Wanderlust et les petits plats (burgers & pizzas) street food by WE resident chef, Benjamin Darnaud and, darling, people watching to make your eyes fall out.
32 quai d’Austerlitz 13th
M: Quai d’Austerlitz
Average spend 35-45€
12h à 15h – 20h à 00h
Brunch le dimanche – 28-29€ Kids 9€
de 11h à 15h
Jean Louis Nomicos
Good news for bouillabaisse mavens, you don’t have to schlep to Marseille, Jean-Louis Nomicos (who hails from a tiny village outside Marseille) has revised and corrected this fisherman’s classic. Served in two delicious courses, the first: rouget, squid, bass, coquillages and barely cooked langoustine, gelée de bouillabaisse and rouille. Followed by tomato marinated bass, fennnel roasted with safran, a few potatoes, sprinkle with fresh basil, drizzle with virgin olive oil…mmmmm
Restaurant les Tablettes
16 avenue Bugeaud, 16th
M: Victor Hugo
Bouillabaisse lunch formula 58€
includes dessert & 2 glasses of wine
Dinner Bouillabaisse – 98€
+ A La Carte
Open 7/7 Lunch & Dinner
T: 01 56 28 16 16
If you’re lucky enough to be in the region, note that Alain Llorca (ex-Negresco: Moulin de Mougins etc) has re-launched Cafe Llorca in the picture perfect setting of Place Isnard, so beloved of Pablo Picasso whose Madoura Pottery still exhibits. “It’s my bistro chic, come any time of the day or night and I’ll amaze you”, promises the gregarious and talented Llorca. Entrées from 8€ : Mains from 16€: Desserts by brother Jean Michel from 4.50€
Place Paul Isnard, Vallauris
T: 04 93 64 30 42
140 places assises
Pâtisserie de Jean Michel Llorca
Boutique de produits
Next door to the Musée Picasso
Chef Renata Dominik’s spin on waffles is mouthwatering. “It brings back childhood flavours”, she says.
This savoury version is made with a potato base, the perfect texture to match the topping of “Balik Pearls” Alaskan salmon eggs, tiny tender balls which poppopop in-mouth, leaving “marine notes”. Chef crowns waffle and salmon eggs with russian style smetana, thicker than crème fraiche: divine with a glass of champagne rosé.
“La Gaufre Trompe l’Oeil” 25€
15 place de la Madeleine, 8th
T: 01 47 42 98 91