Clamato is good. Too good. So good that on a trip to Paris in April I ate there twice, first with Mamma Parla alone and then again with our sister-mom-friend Şemsa. Clamato is brought to you by Bertrand Grébaut and Théo Pourriat, the duo behind acclaimed Septime, which happens to be next door. They opened their fish and shellfish-centric restaurant and raw bar last November and it was immediately catapulted to every Paris food writer’s must eat list (though it was Lindsey of Lost in Cheeseland who first directed me there. Props, woman!)
The menu is divided among raw items (clams, oysters of various persuasions, sea urchins), cold plates (bonito carpaccio, mushrooms and bottarga, asparagus and trout roe) and warm dishes (baked baby scallops, eel buns). The wine list is moderately priced and driven by mineral whites that pair well with the seafood. The atmosphere is causal and unlike Septime next door, Clamato doesn’t take reservations, so no need to book a month ahead to snag a table! Just walk in and order one of everything (but two of the eel buns).
80 Rue de Charonne