Paris: Organic restaurants
Walked the Champs Elysees and feel for an easy going, yet high-quality French-style bistro? Continue from the Arc de Triomphe along Avenue Victor Hugo, and you will finally arrive at Place Jean Monnet in the 16th arrondissement. Here you'll find all-day open neo-bistro Jacques, a small friendly place serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and -- on Sundays from 10am to 5pm -- brunch. Apart from a selection of (generous) starters, salads, soups, and burgers there are two daily changing French-style main courses, usually meat and fish.
All fruits and vegetables are organic; the meat isn't promised to bear an organic label, but it is definitely of high quality. Unfortunately, of the drinks only the coffee and an easy-going Chardonnay white wine are organic, so although the bar keeps open longer than the kitchen (usually until 2 am) you will not get much organic during the night. The home-made potato chips which were served as a complimentary amuse-gueule may be an exception. The service here is swift, good-humoured and happy to speak English and some phrases of whatever your language is.
While in all the other restaurants mentioned here tourists are the majority of guests, the audience at L'Epidon, a small fully organic restaurant and wine bar near the metro stop Odeon was clearly local. Their secret (with well-behaving kids): two of the seats are swings.
As in most French restaurants you order a set menu: a starter and main course or main course and dessert or starter, main course and dessert Of course you can also order individually but if you wish to order more than one thing it's more economical to take such a combination. In addition to the menu there's a daily suggestion of the chef -- in my case a hearty stew of calf, green beans and potatoes. Another tip is the main course salad with a sheet of crips brique dough. All in all a perfect place for both, omnivores, vegetarians and vegans, and the best: all drinks are also organic!
If you ready for the classical French Haut cuisine try La Ferrandaise. This is definitely a place vegetarians should avoid, and even omnivores will probably feel to have eaten sufficient meat (and perhaps fish) for the next week after an evening out here. The classical starter-main-course-dessert (at 37 EUR in the evening) is more than filling -- but absolutely tasty and often offers this magical moment when the known ingredients almalgamise into a higher unity, and you wonder how this taste might have been produced. The restaurant is a heavy tourist spot -- English was the predominant language, which is probably due to the fact that the place was mentioned in the Guide Michelin. All vegetables are organic, and there was one really good certified organic read wine on the daily menu. With other wines the restaurant promises that the vineyards work "in the spirit of bio". Lunch menu (l'assiette du midi) comes at 16 EUR.
More to try
Here's a list of (partially) organic restaurants I found in preparation of my stay but did not have time to follow up. If you visit them I'd love to hear about your experience.
- O Nabi, 25, Rue de Chabrol (10th arrondissement)
- Le Pré d'ici, 151 bis, rue Marcadet (18th arrondissement)
2020-01-07 16:00:00 [Paris, organic, lunch, dinner, restaurant, French, vegan, vegetarian] Link