As Septime is one of the few restos that does internet reservations, I went ahead and booked it for lunch. And so glad I did.
We had a wonderful lunch at Septime. Great corner table, nice room with good acoustics and a really fine waitstaff. We choose the three course lunch as the five course was not possible dining with a vegetarian.
We had the egg in mushroom broth and blood sausage in celery for starters. The blood sausage was excellent and the celery puree served with it was a revelation. Who knew celery could taste that good? the egg and broth was very good, with an excellent mushroom broth. I had the hake with shallot sauce that was light, sweet and tender. The assortment of vegetables served with it were especially well done - and I really liked the cabbage with a slight char to it. My dining partner had the breast of duck with corn. The duck was done perfectly and the corn was good, but coming from corn country, it was not great. I don't believe it detracted in anyway, nonetheless. Our vegetarian was served a plate of perfectly cooked vegetables with the same shallot sauce, that she declared were the best veggies she had ever eaten. High praise from a vegetarian who doesn't like vegetables (don't ask).
Dessert, a chocolate mousse with sour apple puree was probably the low point. It was good - but nothing outstanding. If I had not taken a picture and made notes, I would not have remembered it.
The room was filled with a nice mix of what appeared to be locals and tourists. With cameras. Taking pictures of their food.
A high point in our week for sure.
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