Yuman means light in inca mythology. Welcome to this restaurant 100% organic that will brighten your lunch break.
17 years working in the pharmaceutical industry. And then what? It wasn’t good enough to just make a living, for Gilles Tessier. Mostly because the job wasn’t fulfilling enough. So he decided to change things up and open Yuman in November 2013, a restaurant that’s 100% organic, situated in the 13th arrondissement. A project that responds to a very simple need: "The desire to do something for the environment and for humanity, at my level". Unrealistic? Yes and no. Because Gilles Tessier finally managed to find an answer to his desires in the food industry and in Yuman. "When I was a kid, I spent my weekends running in the countryside. I also love surfing, so I feel very close to nature. I forgot this bond when I started school and working… Today, I’m reconnecting to nature thanks to Yuman", he says, happy to have settled in a "very dynamic neighborhood" with many promises when it comes to social or ecological development.
Yuman is organic, healthy, and creative. Whether you’re a vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free or omnivore, you’ll find everything you’re looking for in a lunch break. Behind the counter, Laura and Coline are attentive and their smile is contagious; while in the kitchen, there’s a lot of work to be done! A question about the menu (it changes depending on the season)? They’ll explain everything and guide you through it. Right now, a risotto with artichoke and chorizo cream, sea bream with mint pesto, brocoli and jasmine rice, or tasty vegetables seasoned with care. "People often mix up organic and vegetarian. But it’s not the same. At Yuman’s, we offer just about everything, but in smaller portions. It’s called flexitarian", says Gilles Tessier about the rich, evolving menu. One doesn’t need 220g of meat or fish to feel full. "125g is enough, and it’s also an ecological act", says the owner. He wishes for a simple, natural cuisine, with the least possible transformations.
On the trash cans and on the walls, little messages encouraging you to sort your trash, or to smile… So that the commitment goes beyond the plate. "We have an individual responsability to change the world", says Gilles Tessier. "We can’t wait for the public authorities and the companies to act for us!".
Leek quiche. Meltingly soft.
Cornbread, straight from Nation. "The best in town", says Laura. "It’s like cake!".
The balance between the attentive crew and the feeling of being at home.