Sunday lunch in Paris in January calls for a glass of red wine and a generous plate of comfort.
Semilla is the new restaurant baby of Juan Sanchez and Drew Harré, who also have Fish and Cosi just next door on the rue de Seine.
Sunday roast on this freezing afternoon was roast lamb with dauphinoise and baby leaf salad. A meticulously presented plate of lamb and leaves was placed in front of each of us at the table before a bubbling, creamy, crispy dish of dauphinoise was carried over to and served up, with a 'say when' smile from the waitress, encouraging us to fill our plates with this big cuddle of potatoes as far as was possible.
We could have sat there for a few hours longer with another bottle of wine and perhaps another portion of dauphinoise, but a stroll around the Tuileries before hopping on the train home beckoned. Back to London reality and away from this Parisian dream.
Semilla, 54 rue de Seine, 75006 Paris