The duo behind the popular neighborhood bistro Fish and the excellent La Dernière Goutte wine shop have poured their significant expertise into this laid-back new bistro in the heart of tony Saint Germain des Prés. Its sophisticated cuisine, superb wines by the bottle or glass, and total lack of pretension has quickly made Semilla the toast of the town. A lively open kitchen produces a menu of plentiful dishes either raw, roasted, baked, or steamed, with choices that will thrill both carnivores and herbivores. Velvety chestnut soup, lentil croquettes with a light curry emulsion, beet carpaccio, and the excellent marinated salmon are good choices to start, followed by roasted coquilles Saint Jacques with Jerusalem artichoke purée or venison served with celery root and quince. There are also plenty of bistro classics to choose from, like beef tartare or côte de boeuf with roasted potatoes and a fine sauce bordelaise, and it's open Sunday.
- Address: 54 Rue de Seine, 6e, St-Germain-des-Prés, Paris, 75006
- Phone: /01–43–54–34–50
- Subway: Odéon, Saint-Germain-des-Prés
- Location: St-Germain-des-Prés
- Reservations essential