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M.O.B.

M.O.B. is a typical vegetarian/vegan fast-food, hip-hop spot with a menu developed by a Michelin 3-star chef in the north Marais.

The restaurant was created by Cyril Aouizerate, who also started the Mama Shelter hotel by Père Lachaise. He was inspired to create a restaurant that reflected the philosophies of the pro-veg medieval scholar Maimonides and the global creative culture of hip hop. So if you are unwilling to listen to hip hop music, then maybe just get take out.

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The food is really affordable because they want everyone to be able to enjoy it…not just rich people. The centerpiece is the M.O.B. – a pizza-like dish that comes in the shape of the arches of the Brooklyn Bridge (the restaurant name stands for Maimonide of Brooklyn.) They are topped with seasonal organic vegetables and sometimes fruit. They also have gluten free versions.

(photo by Rachel Barrett / tabletmag.com)

(photo by Rachel Barrett / tabletmag.com)

The menu also features burgers, some nice salads, donuts, and the scarily authentic looking ‘saucissson.’ But not to worry, everything is vegetarian and in fact honey is the only ingredient to look out for.

I’m looking forward to my upcoming trip to NYC to check out the original restaurant in Brooklyn and I like this quote from the chef, Alain Senderens: “I strongly believe that in ten years nobody will be eating meat. This will be the way we eat, entirely vegetarian or vegan, and science and medicine will thoroughly support that. I have always lived in the future, that is a philosophy of mine, and this way of eating is the future. I’m committed to that belief.”

32, rue Charlot 75003
01 42 77 51 05
Métro : Filles du Calvaire – ligne 8

http://www.mob-usa.com/fr

Tuesday to Friday, 11h – 15h and 18h – 21h

Saturday 11h-18h

 

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UPDATE: This restaurant has recently changed its name to Sol Semilla. At the time of the review it was ‘Voy Alimento.’ It’s also sometimes referred to as “Bar des Artisans”  due to their vintage signage.

Sol Semilla is a rare and wonderful thing, a 100% vegan, 100% organic restaurant in Paris serving wonderful food in a welcoming and chic setting.

I’d always loved taking a trip to the Raspail Market and visiting the South American superfoods stand was always a high point, so during Summer’s trip back to Paris there was no way I was going to miss out on checking out their restaurant which has been open for a couple of years in the 10th, right by the Canal St Martin and walking distance from Place de la République.

The setting is a small, cozy converted old bar decorated with earthy, rustic touches but in a minimalist way that keeps the space light and open. A large chalkboard takes up the left hand wall, while the right hand side of the restaurant is taken up by a store selling maca, yacumba and the like.

We took one of the small tables, seated comfortably on small barrels while our delightful, English speaking server plied us with free samples and talked us through the exotic delights of Xacolatl Aztec chocolate drinks, Griffe du Chat herbal beverages, Klamath & Cardamom drinks, and also Blinis.

We tried some drinks and the Assiette du Jour. This was an extremely filling, energizing tour de force of South American vegetables, beautifully combined on the plate. For 12€ this is an unbelievable value and left me feeling nourished at every level. Which is not to say that we didn’t have desserts – we certainly did, small and delightful ‘madeleines.’

Every element of dining here was a pleasure and they achieve a high-end dining experience while still being smiley and nice.

This restaurant has earned its place as my favorite in the city. It’s vegan, fresh, creative, and the people seem really excited to serve you their amazing food. If I had only one day in Paris, this would be the place I would eat. (I might get a falafel too…ok, I for sure would… at L’As du Falafel…)

23, rue des Vinaigriers, Paris, 75010

Métro Jacques Bonsergent

Tél : 01 42 01 03 44

http://www.sol-semilla.fr/

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This B&B is no longer open, but the same team have gone on to open a very popular Café in the Bastille area. See http://veganparis.com/2012/08/02/gentle-gourmet-cafe/

Over the last year and a half, a new establishment has emerged as one of the best places to eat vegan in Paris. But you can not only eat there… you can sleep there too if you like! It’s The Gentle Gourmet, a B&B and restaurant situated in an art deco building in the 16th arrondissement between the Arc de Triomphe and the Bois de Boulogne.

I have been longing to go there ever since I first heard about it, and even more so after reading the ecstatic review from our friends over at VG-Zone. Gentle Gourmet has two rooms for rent, which are vegan to even the smallest detail such as the stuffing of the pillows.

In addition they offer a unique dining experience where you share a communal table with local vegans and travelers and share pleasant conversation. Frankly most of my conversation would be along the lines of “Oh my god can you believe this amazing food.” – the menu changes monthly but here is a sample from their site.

* Savory zucchini and pecan madeleines , with miniature cups of 7-onions soup

* Salad of watercress, walnuts, beets, endive, green apple, dried cranberries

* Crushed nut-breaded Seitan filets with a dark walnut sauce with wild mushrooms accompanied by a pumpkin gratin with garlic and Italian parsley

* Poached figs in white wine syrup with vegan hazelnut ice cream accompanied by caramel and hazelnut-thin cookies.

Their dinner prices are:

  • Saturdays:  €50 4-course gourmet meal
  • Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays: €30 3-course “bistro” meal.

That price includes your wine, so if you are not a drinker, you’ll get a discount. They strive to have 100% organic food.

If you can’t make dinner, then why not try brunch? It’s €25 and frankly it is difficult for me to paste in their description knowing that I am several thousand miles away from being able to enjoy it each Sunday, but here it is.

* French toast with pineapple and pecan with agave syrup

* Porridge with cardamom and amaranth, and compote of dried plums and pears

* Vegan sweet potato hash with soy sausage

* Muffins (corn, spicy apple, chocolate) and banana breads, whole-grain breads cereals, vegan croissant

* Fresh fruits and compotes

* Nut Butters – soy, almond, walnut and peanut

* Smoothies and freshly pressed fruit juices

* Spicy Vegan Hot Chocolate, coffee and teas

Their site has information in both French and English about their rooms, their vegan cooking courses, picnic lunches, tours and the other amazing contributions they are making to vegan life in Paris.

I can’t wait to stay there on my next trip back to Paris!

The Gentle Gourmet B&B

21, rue Duret

75116

Metro: Argentine (line 1)

33(0)1 45 00 46 55

gentlegourmetbandb@gmail.com

http://www.gentlegourmetbandb.com/

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The wonderful Bob’s Juice Bar and Kitchen have a Raw weekend coming up.

RAW FOOD. In collaboration with local raw food impressario ARLETTY ABADY, BOB’S will be hosting two events this week: Guest chef ADAM GRAHAM from TREE OF LIFE in Arizona will prepare a RAW THAI DINNER at KITCHEN on saturday night (from 7 PM to 11 PM) and then give a raw “cooking” class at JUICE BAR the next day (18/4 from 11 AM to 2 PM). The dinner is 25 euros and the class is 65. RSVP: g8arletty@yahoo.co.uk


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I was sad to hear the news that vegan restaurant La Victoire Suprême du Cœur has ceased to be and has been replaced by the new, omnivorous “Le Passage Obligé.”
The arrival of a vegetarian restaurant just two doors down from our apartment on Rue du Bourg-Tibourg always seemed like a bit of a miracle, and even more so when they went vegan. The Sunday brunch followed by a bike ride down the Seine became a family tradition for us.
But sadly, it seems that the restaurant couldn’t go on without us and just a couple of months after we left they have transformed into the Foie Gras-friendly “Le Passage Obligé”
There is one bright side: the new restaurant is run by the same “équipe,” who were always fairly well informed about what ‘vegan’ means, and the menu is clearly labelled with several vegetarian and vegan options. Also, they have vegan desserts.
I am curious whether they no longer have any ties to Sri Chinmoy… he doesn’t seem the entrecôte type.

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Breaking news: a new vegetarian restaurant has opened in Paris. Kitchen is from the same owner as Bob’s Juice Bar and has a lot in common. They are both easy-going veg breakfast and lunch places with interesting options for Vegans. Among cool décor and communal tables, you can enjoy the daily soup, a great green or fruity smoothie, raw Conscious Chocolates, the açai bowl and more.

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I was especially pleased to see that you can get a coconut with a straw, which is a rare pleasure to find in central Paris.

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The prices are reasonable, and they have some good takeaway items, like the delicious ‘sushi’ style roll that I picked up.

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My husband has been telling me I should spend more time in the Kitchen… now maybe I will!

Kitchen
74, rue des Gravilliers, 75003
Métro: Arts et Métiers
06 50 95 36 97

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Although it is no London, there are plenty of Indian restaurants in Paris. My favorite has to be Krishna Bhavan, located in the Little Jaffna neighborhood between Gare du Nord and La Chapelle which is home to the city’s Tamil population.

It is said that Tamils consider serving food as a service to humanity, and it shows in the warmth of service you get at this 100% vegetarian restaurant. When you tell your server that you need non-dairy food they will try to make anything on their menu vegan for you. Last night our lovely, English-speaking waitress even went out of her way to reemphasize that everything she was serving us was vegan.

And she served us plenty, because the combination of low, low prices and delicious, delicious food is a deadly one. Last night we started with banana pakoras, which were plantain-like and savory. Samosas were next, in a philo-style pastry followed by idlis. I almost never see idlis over here so I had to order them and they were lovely with their curry and chutney accompaniments. The highlight was the finale of masala dosas: massive, deliciously crispy, potato stuffed lentil-flour pancakes. With my cardamom tea, I was very happy.

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There is even more good stuff on the menu, although the one on their site is slightly different than the one they are actually serving at the moment. And if you are not in the mood for a restaurant meal, they serve the same food across the street at their take-out branch. Also in Little Jaffna you can explore the various grocery stores, boutiques, veg-friendly restaurants and cd emporiums in the bustling and welcoming community.

Pros: Vegan friendly, cheap and very welcoming
Cons: No beer

Krishna-Bhavan
24, Rue Cail, 75010
Métro: La Chapelle
01 42 05 78 43

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Blue Elephant

Finding truly vegetarian Thai food is something of an art due to their beloved and ubiquitous nam pla fish sauce: I had never eaten Thai in Paris until a couple of nights ago when a tip-off led me to Blue Elephant down by Bastille. It didn’t work out…

You certainly can’t accuse them of underdoing the décor. Even if they just had the indoor rain forest and hadn’t gone for the waterfall, that would have been quite striking, but they had both.

I had heard that they had a dedicated vegetarian menu, and indeed they had a page in their menu that really talked up their commitment to their vegetarian customers. But, you know me, I had to ask… how could they have Thai green curry when it is always made with that pre-made paste that almost always has shrimp paste and nam pla in it? Turns out that it was too good to be true: if the wait staff are to be believed, that item is indeed non-vegetarian.

Of the vegetarian items that we did order, it was a mixed bag. The rolls were good, and the cashew dish was tasty too. Unfortunately it was served inside a pineapple. OK we get it… we’re in a tropical wonderland!!!!!

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But the other vegetarian plat was unpleasant and the pad thai was sloppy and may also have been tainted with nam pla. Also, everything is rather pricy here – I suppose someone has to pay for the waterfall – such as the 9€50 coconut drink. By chance, I had just bought some coconuts in Chinatown for a Euro a pop so I really couldn’t justify that luxury.

Oh well, you can’t win them all.

Cons: The food and the prices
Pros: Complementary orchid for ladies on the way out

Blue Elephant

43-45 rue de la Roquette, 75011

Métro: Bastille

01 47 00 42 00

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I just had a short vacation in Morocco, visiting Marrakesh and Essaouira, and I found it very accommodating for the vegan traveller. I even think eating raw here would be quite easy. I didn’t try though, as I wanted to satisfy my lifelong desire to eat couscous in Maroc… and satisfy it I did! I was concerned about the broth but I always enquired and was always guaranteed the veg dishes contained no animal stock what so ever. So I trusted.


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Marrakesh

I started my days with breakfast at my hotel, Tchaikana: fresh fruit on the rooftop (oranges, strawberries), fig jam and tomato jam (yes really and it’s great), baguettes and special Moroccan flatbread (my fave, double check that there’s no butter). I brought along Lake Klamath blue-green algae to stir in my morning juice. I think it gave me lots of energy throughout the day.

Earth Café is the organic vegetarian and vegan restaurant of Marrakesh, and it is in the heart of the medina, just off the Jemaa el Fna square. They have six entrees, three of which are vegan and cost 60 dirhams [about 5 or 6 euros] for huge delicious portions. They also have good fresh juices. Earth Café is welcoming and friendly with a great atmosphere. This is the kind of place I would like to hug.

I visited Chez Chegrouni after hearing they didn’t use animal broth in their vegetarian dishes: in fact I even got someone from our riad [hotel] to double check! Fabulous view from the top floor terrasse of the square and the minaret. Cheap. Loved it. You even get to write down your own order.

Café des Epices is a wonderful, friendly, welcoming and stylish place. Spotless and with impeccable service, we ended up here for mint tea often. I enjoyed their vegan avocado and tomato sandwich served with bowl of warm stewed and spiced lentils and their fruit salad (swimming in fresh orange juice of course). Also, they have Wi-fi, but no I did not blog while I was there!

Terasse des Epices has the same owner as Café des Epices. Beautiful, cool, stylish, very comfortable, fun view, I can’t say enough about this place, especially the setting. I had tomato and cucumber salad, orange and strawberry juice, and penne with aubergine. Complementary bread and olives, as is common but always welcome in Morocco. Wi-fi here too.

Le Foundouk is rather Chic and quite lovely. Good food, including cooked salads, and the best couscous I had in Morocco. The classiest and most expensive place I visited.

Le Tobsil was recommended and hard to find, yet we were surprised to find it totally empty. No one came. We ordered some mixed salads. Nothing special.

Essaouira

Lalla Mira is an organic and ‘eco’ restaurant, hotel and spa. The food here was good: so good it was gone before I could take a picture. I had tabouleh with bulgur and their tagine with fennel: so perfectly spiced and I don’t mean spicy. Have a treatment at the spa for an authentic, if brutal and somewhat surreal, experience worth writing home about… but perhaps not blogging in great detail.

Cafe de l’Horloge provided good food in a nice square. Plenty of outdoor seating and street entertainers kept the music coming, for a small fee.

La Petite Perle is a charming, authentically decorated popular restaurant. Friendly service, great food. We tried green salad, an amazing aubergine salad (which is cooked, mashed and seasoned) and tagine.

In addition to restaurants I should mention that Argan oil is the pride of this area. Drive through argan orchards past cooperatives. I bought cosmetic and culinary varieties. This oil is all the rage these days, and it is very good. It is harvested in an interesting manner… look it up…

Street food

Street food is also a big part of the fun in Morocco -

  • Bread on the street: Yum, yum, and also… yum. Hot, crispy, flaky and greasy.
  • Orange juice: fresh, cheap, delicious.
  • Dried fruit and nuts
  • Popcorn
  • Coconut and pineapple

In some ways, I found Vegan Maroc to be easier than Vegan Paris. I always felt that the people were keen to work with my diet and make sure that I felt welcome. I am looking forward to returning there some day soon.

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I have seen frustrated vegetarians online who wish that they could come to Paris and enjoy real Parisian food and not ethnic food. I think there is one ethnic food in particular which may not be French but which is very Parisian, and that is Lebanese.

For over twenty years, after the fall of the Ottomans, Lebanon was a French mandate and since then Paris has been home to generations of Lebanese families. It’s practically as ubiquitous as Indian food in London, and just as delicious. It’s also super Vegan-friendly and your best chance of getting good animal-free food if you find yourself suddenly hungry in Paris. Particularly if you find yourself in a more touristique part of Paris, like over by the Eiffel Tower or Arc de Triomphe, Lebanese can be a life saver. And it’s really easy to stop someone in the street and ask where the nearest “restaurant Libanais” is.

Lebanese food is one of my favorite somethings about living in Paris. I crave it often and would be happy to eat it much more often. It always tastes so fresh with such variety of vegetables, textures, dips and salads. A combo plate usually consists of mouttabal, hommous, feuilles de vigne, taboulleh, falafel, fatayer, green beans in sauce and excellent pita. They’ll often also include some cheese, so just ask them for no cheese and they’ll usually cheerfully substitute something. As a rule of thumb, a vegetarian plate will run around 15 euros.

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I’m starting a list of some that I have visited and will add to it as I sample more of this wonderful cuisine.

Noura
Institut du Monde Arabe, 9th floor, 1 rue des Fossés St Bernard, 75005
Métro : Cardinal Lemoine or Jussieu
01 55 42 55 42
Multiple locations in Paris including two spots at L’Institut du Monde Arabe: their nice and casual ground floor café and pricier top floor restaurant which many Parisians say has the best view of the city of any dining spot. Its prices reflect this, but still affordable as a treat. Classy joint, impeccable service, fab fattoush.

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L’Escale du Liban
1, rue Ferdinand Duval, 75004
Métro: St. Paul
01 42 74 55 70
This is the closest Lebanese to my house and probably the best in the Marais. Casual, great for takeout, excellent taboulleh. I would skip the Mannakish breads, though. If it’s Sunday and you want a Mannakish, get yourself down the fairly nearby Bastille market.

Liza
14, rue de la Banque
Paris, France 75002
Métro: Bourse
01 55 35 00 66

I stumbled upon this place during a flea market fest on rue de la Banque. I had THE most delicious, huge spinach filled pastry loaded with pine-nuts at their bakery. I don’t know why I haven’t been back. Look forward to trying the restaurant. Looks splendid.

Al Boustan
21, rue Montorgueil 75001
Métro: Étienne Marcel
01 40 41 02 40
A Casual little place with take-out counter. Good take-out deals, nice to sit outside on a great street for people watching and soaking up city atmosphere.

Naî
229, Rue Du Faubourg-Saint-Honore 75008
Métro: Ternes
01 40 68 90 70
Not far from Arc de Triomphe or to escape from the Champs d’Elysee. Nice place, with great veg plate and great service.

Traiteur Al Sage
If you are on the run, or on the run from the prices of this swanky neighborhood,  the take-out place on the corner of Ave Hoche and Faubourg St. Honore offers great cheap eats fast.

Tavern du Nil
16-18 rue le Régrattier, 75004
Métro: Pont Marie
01 40 46 09 02
I hear this place is quite good, but haven’t visited yet. It’s on the Île St. Louis so if you’re headed there for Berthillon sorbets, you can do the double.

Al Dar
93, av Raymond Poincaré, 75016
Métro: Victor Hugo
01 45 00 96 64
One of the most highly regarded Lebanese spots in town. The actual restaurant is underground, beneath the pastry shop and café. If you are very hungry and want to splurge, the set menu is expensive but will fill even the most ravenous herbivore. They also have a location in the fifth.

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