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Semilla in the 6th: "I'll Come back.....I'll Send Folks Here."

By Johntalbott

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6.1 Semilla, 54, rue de Seine in the 6th,, open 7/7, opened rather softly a month ago, which is puzzling since it is the 5th venture of Juan Sanchez and Drew Harre who have run, had a hand-in/etc., separately or together, La Derniere Goutte, Cosi, Fish, Albion and now Semilla and has a Meilleur Ouvrier de France at the head of a huge (I counted 8 at one point) brigade.  This portion of the rue de Seine is beginning to rival Christian Constant's St. Dominique Empire.

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My friends found me wandering up and down the street searching for it like a bewildered amnesiac - oh, not one more of those - a minimalistic, no sign or menu outside, you'd better know where you're going, place?  Inside is light, airy, visible heating ducts and stone walls and a "California" kitchen.  Cool!

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We arrived very very early since I had a conference call with my boss at 3 PM and they graciously seated us, gave us water (from their own machine - how Green!) and made it clear that there would be no menu, no ordering, no food before 12h30.  Fine, we watched the staff eat - looked mighty good - although we worried that they wolfed their delicious-looking food down in seconds - and the last thing we wanted was dyspeptic chefs.  The menu changes DAILY - oh boy - and is quite interesting.

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The entree was a trio - a veloute of mushrooms (very very good), a chestnut "muffin" that had too much salt for me and a rillette-like/tuna-fish-salad-looking queue de veal that was also superb.

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There were three choices for a main and after some horse-trading, together we ordered the pintade (two ways, one confited) which was the least successful dish of the day, a wonderful maigre (aka bocca d'oro - huh?) covered with sliced raw mushrooms and salad, atop terrific cooked spinach and an eggplant involtini (rolled microtomed aubergine around chevre with a basilic sauce).

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 For desserts we had the soup of agrumes and chocolate on top chocolate with kumquat slices; both were outstanding.


With a bottle of this wonderfully-labeled Gueule de Loup (Chat de Roquefort) red plus two glasses of Sancerre, pretty good bread for a holiday and one coffee, our bill amounted to 81.46 E a couple.

Go?  It's in the title: "I'll come back.....I'll send folks here."

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