From our June 2012 issue:
Think “multi-cultural” because this three-month old eatery with a Spanish name (it means grain), serving New Age French bistro food, is the latest outpost of the Anglo-Saxon team of Juan Sanchez (Miami) and Drew Harre (New Zealand). Their successful partnership, which started out with Fish la Boissonerie at 69 rue de Seine (across the street from Semilla), extends to the neighboring Cosi sandwich shop and the Dernière Goutte wine bar/boutique around the corner on the rue de Bourbon le Château.
What gives Semilla a New Age spin? Perhaps it’s the management’s respect for vegetarians. At lunch there are only three plats du jour and one is always an imaginative meatless concoction like beet/endive salad with top-quality goat cheese and crunchy fregola drizzled with walnut-laced Boursault olive oil. It’s also the kitchen’s willingness to play with exotic ingredients, like…
photo: B. Lomont