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Grain de riz après grain de riz

32 ans, jour après jour
Marie-Andrée et François
Leur équipe

Ont fait
Assiette par assiette
Bol après bol

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1 SEED = 10 000 SEEDS

François et les amis du GA ont crée une association loi 1901 qui va poursuivre la mission du GA , avec les mêmes valeurs:

L’association 1 grain 10 000 grains (de riz)

Pour rester en lien, continuer à partager, cultiver et diffuser la santé par l’alimentation dans le respect du zen macrobiotique.
A travers d’informations, des cours et ateliers, éventuellement d’achats groupés…

An ideal, a passion, a conviction carried since the 1970s by Marie and François DAVID are at the origin of the Grand Appétit.

Big / small
Yin / Yang
Macro /  Large / Biotic  /Life

Originating from the Japanese Zen philosophy, macrobiotics puts diet at the heart of life. A belief: diet can maintain, improve or deteriorate health.
A most important principle of the Great Appetite is the respect

1 seed = 10.000 seeds

We try not to waste, not even a seed. Each one contains 1000 worlds and 1000 futures.

François and Marie the founders, devoted their lives, in all discretion and humility to fight against negligence – against the consumerism society and especially its food drifts. The Great Appetite has always kept this course. It has always been organic, economical, responsible, vegan by common sense. The decoration is recycled day 1; even the old stove of the grandparents found its place in the dining-room.

François was trained in macrobiotics and in Do In in Japan, next to Madame OSAWA in the early 80s. Mishio Kushi has given numerous lectures at GRAND APPETIT restaurant. For more than 30 years a healthy and simple kitchen ahead of its time has been prepared in conscience at Grand Appétit. Convinced that macrobiotics is a key to acting in favor of a better world.

The adventure has begun with a small grocery/bakery/ vegan canteen that offered home products. The basic macrobiotic products were still unknown back then, they were not available in France and the West.
Whole rice – “soyu” soy sauce – Miso (fermented tofu) – the important winter vegetable that did not grow in France in the 1980s – Seaweed: kombu, wakame, hizziki … – The gomashio couldn’t be found.
– Whole bread with homemade organic yeast, more and more difficult to find.

Understanding that it was necessary to taste these new flavors to spread these natural products.

François and Marie became: grocer, cooks, pastry cook, baker. The Great Appetite is an institution of vegetalism in France and in the world. A humble dinosaur of ecology peacefully militant, lived and transmitted by exemplarity in everyday life. Courses and workshops have trained and influenced several generations.
And it goes on …

To be continued…

The Restaurant


 Since 1986,  GRAND APPETIT
offers to taste, discover or to try again

designed by Georges Ohsawa (1928)
inspired by Japanese oriental philosophy

“Our heath is in our food intake… and we’re responsable for it”

Grand appétit is a restaurant
vegan cuisine, végétalien in French
(a pioneer in plant based cuisine in France)
with a Japanese twist
organic and fresh seasonal and local products only
purified water (reverse osmosis)
slow and soft cooking methods

We bring you the essential in your plate

You’ll always find in your MB plate:
Whole cereals, whole round rice is our favorite
Pulpes, our vegetal protein
Cooked and raw vegetables
Home made pickles (with sea salt never refined)
for the restauration of your internal flora
Seaweed for minerals § iodine

Each plate we prepare is unique, made fresh upon order
Tastes are plenty and simple
Feel free to associate flavors, colors and textures
Each time differently
And compose your own creation

Lunch menu

The standard “IDEAL”
macrobiotic plate
of the day

with seaweed, pickles
Soup or  Dessert

 Soup and dessert +3€
*Menu   Norimaki 21€
*Menu vegetable pie 21€
Delicious homemade fruit tarte (spelt sourdough) +3€
Home made millet cake +2€


Add seaweed +2€
Add  home made Pickles  +1€

SOS Free – No added refined sugar or fat, sourdough no yeast, no microwave, Zero waste kitchen

Take away? Yes !
Please call before all morning before 2h30pm and collect by 7pm
Reservations for  4 or plus only
Open for dinner for group only

Be welcome!

MELGIN 妙音素人坊
4 août 2013{Paris, France}[Le Grand Appétit] Address: 9 Rue de la Cerisaie, 75004 Paris, France   Phone:+33 1 40 27 04 95

Lonely Planet review for Le Grand Appétit
No eggs, no sugar, no dairy products, no meat and no preprepared products is the culinary mantra of this végétalienne lunch address, with an excellent organic and macrobiotic shop next door selling vegan food products. Pick from a petite or grande veggie plate, a miso soup, or an inventive bol garni (bowl) of rice, organic cereals, seaweed and vegetables. The sushi-style norimaki (seaweed-wrapped rice rolls with veg and tofu) are delicious.

Le Grand Appétit 9, Rue la Cerisaie, Paris 75004 Métro: Bastille

All vegan restaurant. It’s very macrobiotic and hippy: get ready for a no frills experience (i.e. you’ll be setting your own table.) I love it, though, because it is vegan and they have a great grocery store next door.



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How to get to us

9, rue de la Cerisaie
75004 Paris

Subway Bastille
(exit Bld Henri IV ou Place des Vosges)

Subway ligne 1, ligne 5 et ligne 8.
Bus 20, 29, 65, 69, 87, 91 et bus Bb balabus
Bus stop Bastille or  La cerisaie


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