After introducing the Marais to raw food (non vegan!), William Pradeleix and his wife Marie are giving the Left Bank a taste of it with a new Raw Saint-Germain location and a take-away shop on Rue de Turenne. Raw food, a movement that hails from California, is not to be confused with raw veganism, which consists solely of raw plant foods. Here, raw is more the idea of “unprocessed”. As such, a raw food diet authorizes all sorts of foods (as long as they are organic, unprocessed and unrefined), and even some forms of fast cooking, such as tataki, or foods cooked at very low temperatures. The other distinctive feature of the raw food diet is that it maintains zero tolerance in terms of product quality and freshness – a level of quality we experienced first-hand when we tested the menu of tapas to share at Raw Saint-Germain with the sea bream sashimi, (€13) veal tataki (€13), and Charolais beef tartar (€16), followed by a coconut-lime cloud, pineapple and ginger ice cream (€9). All of the dishes we tried were surprisingly flavorful, even gastronomic! Lovely food to be enjoyed in a small dining room that seats 25. The atmosphere is “raw” too, but not austere, with comfortable bench seating conducive to relaxing in a bright, minimalist decor of pale wood and waxed concrete. An environment in perfect harmony with the raw philosophy: celebrating good ingredients, but also good wines, most of which are organic, selected by Marie Pradeleix. A savvy mix enhanced by the charming welcome from the dining room manager. Flawless prix-fixe lunch menu at €20. Sunday brunch at €35 (€25 for children).
Noon to 2:30pm and 7:30pm to 10:30pm Afterworks 6pm to 7:30pm Closed Sunday for dinner Average price: €40