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06 ARR: Semilla

54 rue de Seine , Phone: 01 43 54 34 50

Closing day: none

Reviewed by: Fancy from IL, review #4002

When: 2013

Creative small and large plates in casual setting. Excellent choice for Sunday.

My husband and I had a great dinner here on a Sunday in January, 2013. Sunday night has been hit or miss for us in the past and we loved Semilla, a newer restaurant from the team behind the popular Fish (La Boissonnerie). Semilla's menu offers something for every appetite. Many dishes are available in half portions and reflect both traditional and contemporary styles. You can order only starters, share dishes or order three traditional courses. The menu changes daily.

I started with a tartare, which was a melange of both fish and beef. It was light and sophisticated. My husband, who was on a mission to have oursins (sea urchins) ordered their version. Beautifully presented in a china urchin shell, the oursin was surrounded by other seafood. Fantastic. There were several enticing fish options, I chose dole meuniere. Deboned and served at the table, it was perfect. We had read a few positive reviews about the blanquette de veau, so my husband chose it. Sublime. The grandmere and four grandchildren at the next table ordered the cote de boeuf, which looked incredible.

The decor is modern and airy with an open kitchen. You could almost be in California. There's also a bar with a few seats, which would be perfect for a solo diner who wants one dish and a glass of wine. The wine list is quite good. Nice touch: the restaurant has its own water filtration system. English speakers will feel very comfortable here, although the majority of diners around us were French. We'll be back.

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