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UPDATE: This restaurant has recently changed its name to Sol Semilla. At the time of the review it was ‘Voy Alimento.’ It’s also sometimes referred to as “Bar des Artisans”  due to their vintage signage.

Sol Semilla is a rare and wonderful thing, a 100% vegan, 100% organic restaurant in Paris serving wonderful food in a welcoming and chic setting.

I’d always loved taking a trip to the Raspail Market and visiting the South American superfoods stand was always a high point, so during Summer’s trip back to Paris there was no way I was going to miss out on checking out their restaurant which has been open for a couple of years in the 10th, right by the Canal St Martin and walking distance from Place de la République.

The setting is a small, cozy converted old bar decorated with earthy, rustic touches but in a minimalist way that keeps the space light and open. A large chalkboard takes up the left hand wall, while the right hand side of the restaurant is taken up by a store selling maca, yacumba and the like.

We took one of the small tables, seated comfortably on small barrels while our delightful, English speaking server plied us with free samples and talked us through the exotic delights of Xacolatl Aztec chocolate drinks, Griffe du Chat herbal beverages, Klamath & Cardamom drinks, and also Blinis.

We tried some drinks and the Assiette du Jour. This was an extremely filling, energizing tour de force of South American vegetables, beautifully combined on the plate. For 12€ this is an unbelievable value and left me feeling nourished at every level. Which is not to say that we didn’t have desserts – we certainly did, small and delightful ‘madeleines.’

Every element of dining here was a pleasure and they achieve a high-end dining experience while still being smiley and nice.

This restaurant has earned its place as my favorite in the city. It’s vegan, fresh, creative, and the people seem really excited to serve you their amazing food. If I had only one day in Paris, this would be the place I would eat. (I might get a falafel too…ok, I for sure would… at L’As du Falafel…)

23, rue des Vinaigriers, Paris, 75010

Métro Jacques Bonsergent

Tél : 01 42 01 03 44

http://www.sol-semilla.fr/

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