We had lunch today at Septime. The immediate comparison is with Rino. We loved the unexpected combinations that worked without exception such as purée of green bean soup with strawberry cream, lamb belly bacon with smoked mozzarella and potatoes, pork chop with tiny grilled baby leeks and fava purée, cod with zucchini, tarragon and fresh currants. And as far as I'm concerned, the riz au lait with caramel served with a quenelle of plum sorbet knocks the socks off that at L'AJ. At lunch, three courses with a glass of house-selected red or white wine was 26€.
Portion sizes are very manageable. They may seem small to some but we were delighted to walk out into the sizzling afternoon heat not feeling stuffed and overwhelmed.
Service is sweet. We were, in fact, scheduled for dinner last week but I had to cancel because of illness. They did everything to reschedule us, finally compromising on today's lunch. The place was packed.
A very happy and delicious lunch.