La Cantine Merci

La Cantine Merci (Paris)

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In the basement of this temple to studied relaxation (that doesn’t come cheap), La Cantine Merci can be found in a luminous space between glass doors that give out onto a small vegetable patch and the concept store’s kitchen section. Fashionistas are seated all around you, revitalizing themselves with healthy dishes, like: a lovely sea bream ceviche with black radish and mango, served with your choice of raw vegetables (for example, avocado, corn and a mix of sprouts, with a maple syrup and apple cider vinegar dressing); then sunny penne with a perfect summer love song of garden-grown tomatoes wrapped up in basil pesto. Also available: a vegan curry of cauliflower, turmeric and coconut, or a plate composed of the four salads of the moment. Plus, there’s a buffet of various tarts, crumbles and cakes, perfect for an afternoon snack. There are two other cafés on the ground floor (Le Cinéma and Used Book), which offer up snacks for freelancers with odd hours. // T.V.X.

FEELING THIRSTY? There’s a sober selection of drinks: homemade kéfiz soda (€6), a Chablis from Jean-Marc Brocard (€8 a glass), a natural rosé from the Château Barbanau (€28 a bottle), a Pinot noir from Les Athlètes du Vin 2017 (€33).

PRICE: Appetizers €7-10, mains €16-20, desserts €6-8. 

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