Shabour, the new restaurant by Israeli chef Assaf Granit, which launched just three months ago in Paris was named the best restaurant in the French capital last week by Le Figaroscope, the Parisian cultural and gastronomical guide published by the French daily Le Figaro.
Shabour (“broken” in Hebrew) was crowned the top restaurant in Paris as part of a special culinary issue of Le Figaroscope, which looked at the 20 best restaurants in the city.
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The restaurants were also divided into categories such as “Chef of the Year” and “Italian Restaurant of the Year.” Shabour, led by Assaf Granit and his partners Uri Navon, executive chef Dan Yehoshua, and manager Tomer Lenzem, earned the prestigious “Best Restaurant of the Year” title.
Granit’s photo appears on the cover of the printed guide.
Le Figaroscope said Shabour had the best dining energy “hands down” this year, and praised the restaurant’s pumpkin ravioli with hazelnut butter and tarragon as a dish “not to miss.”
The restaurant is Granit’s second in Paris – his first, Balagan (loosely translated as “mess”), opened in 2017 – and 13th in Europe. He also owns restaurants in London and Israel. Shabour hones in on luxe Mediterranean fare, is celebrated for its Israeli cuisine which includes poached eggs with tahini or olive oil chocolate mousse.
The Jerusalem-born chef opened his first restaurant Machneyuda in 2009. He has described his cuisine as a “melting pot, just like Israel,” (French) according to Israeli international news channel i24.
This isn’t the first time that Granit has earned acclaim for Shabour. When the restaurant opened in September, it earned praise in a lengthy article in Le Figaro newspaper. A month later, Forbes named it one of the 13 trendiest new restaurants in Paris. And in November, Shabour also won a major award at a restaurant competition by French culinary magazine Le Fooding.