Summary: A festive atmosphere with an open-kitchen encounter.
In the heart of Paris' Sentier neighbourhood, Shabour stands out as an intimate venue offering a unique Israeli dining experience. The restaurant's design features a prominent U-shaped Brazilian granite counter where guests can witness the culinary team in action. With no set menus, the restaurant surprises its patrons with a five-course lunch or a more elaborate seven-course dinner. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, reminiscent of the joyous vibes found at sister establishments like Balagan in Paris and London's The Palomar. Despite the need to book three weeks in advance, the anticipation only heightens the appeal of securing a front-row seat to this Mediterranean culinary theatre, where the dishes are as mysterious and enticing as cocktail names. The "kügelet," a reimagined cassoulet, and the "this is no gravlax," a beet juice-marinated fish dish, are just a taste of the creativity on offer. The service is enthusiastic and friendly, and while the wine list is fairly traditional, it's also worldly. Shabour's allure is further magnified by its vibrant clientele and the neighbourhood's bustling charm.