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angor Jan 16, 2009 05:27 AM

I will be visiting Paris in a few weeks for a few days (Feb 5 - Feb 9th) and I need some restaurant suggestions. There will be two of us, but only one (me) is vegetarian. No meat or fish. Eggs and cheese are absolutely ok. I will gladly take recommendations for lunch, dinner, breakfast, and the inevitable OMG YOU HAVE TO TRY THIS!

Feel free to suggest anything cheap and casual, as that will be the main focus of my eating during this trip, as my budget is quite restrained.

Now, having said this, I want to spend a little bit more on Saturday night for a special occasion. I want to have a nice dinner, with wine, for about 60 euro per head. Is this doable? Any suggestions?

As far as locations goes, I will be staying here:
15 Boulevard Jourdan
Cite Internationale Universitaire

So anything close-by is a bonus. I don't mind traveling, though. :)


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    angor Jan 19, 2009 03:30 AM

    Thanks for all of your suggestions so far!

    I think I am going to check out Macéo for sure. They mention on their website that they have a 'Green Menu' for vegetarians. Not looking to do anything way to expensive in Paris (saving that for French Laundry in May :) )

    So I have my one splurge dinner picked out, I need some stuff for everyday. I want my trip to Paris to be full of wandering around, trying loads of bread, cheese and wine. Oh so much wine :).

    I suppose the best way to to do this, is to actually wander around and stumble into any place that looks good, but if you know of a place that does something really special please let me know. I'm looking for things like "You can't miss X's croissants," or "Don't miss out on the omelette at ____."

    Thanks again :)

    EDIT: Oooh, I almost forgot. Any suggestions for late night eats in Paris? Maybe something that will be open around 2-3am?

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    1. re: angor
      Dodo Jan 19, 2009 03:56 AM

      You'll find a list of restos (three pages long) open 24/24h right here on Cityvox. Unfortunately, I can't pull it up, when using the English version.

      Some have been mentioned here already like Chez Denise and Au Pied de Cochon.

    2. LulusMom Jan 18, 2009 08:38 AM

      Willi's Wine Bar normally has a vegetarian option, and I thoroughly enjoyed the white beans on polenta I had there about a year ago.

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        vielleanglaise Jan 17, 2009 02:09 PM

        I am a resolute carnivor, and I scoffed when I was told about Tien Hiang, 92 rue du Chemin Vert, in the 11th arrondisemnent. Its a Chinese Vegan restaurant. A lot of the menu is made up of erzatz meat dishes. It sounds odd but it's really very good - there's apparently a Chinese Budhist tradition of this faux meat cuisine.
        It couldn't be further away from where you are staying, and you might not want to eat Asian food during your stay in Paris, but it's really good, cheap, and great fun - despite (or perhaps because of) the formica tables.

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        1. re: vielleanglaise
          kikisakura Jan 17, 2009 02:18 PM

          I liked Tien Hiang too. Garlic stir-fried mock meant and steamed dumpling were both very tasty. Will never order their pho though, a huge disaster in a bowl.

          Krishna-Bhravan is my all time favorite Indian restaurant but the place is always crowded. Great food and even better price (3 course meal + drink for 12 euros, I think).

          1. re: kikisakura
            vielleanglaise Jan 17, 2009 11:31 PM

            You're right about the pho. Where is Krishna-Bhravan, please?

            1. re: vielleanglaise
              kikisakura Jan 18, 2009 05:12 AM

              They have a web site and here is a map:


              It's all vegetarian but I promise you won't be missing meat or seafood as they flavor everything so perfectly. My only quibble is that their lassi is too sweet for my taste but I get the feeling that it is supposed to be that sweet.

        2. Gman Jan 17, 2009 06:46 AM

          there is a new-ish place on Rue des Deux Ponts across from #10... haven't been but heard it was decent. Great neighborhood for strolling avant ou apres...

          1. Beach Chick Jan 16, 2009 07:10 AM

            Love Le Potager du Marais in the Marais.

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              rutgers2 Jan 16, 2009 06:08 AM

              Hi again, Angor. Sorry, my boss unexpectedly appeared. If you do a search for vegetarian restaurants on either happycow.com or even on yahoo, you can find a list of places in Paris that provide the location as well as reviews from vegetarian diners. Enjoy your trip.

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              1. re: rutgers2
                PhilD Jan 18, 2009 10:53 PM

                Does a search of Yahoo, or do the specialist vegetarian boards like "happycow" give any indication of the quality of the food, or are they simply lists?

                Three restaurants with English/US/NZ owners have already been mentioned - Maceo, Willies and Fish. All three have genuine vegetarian food that is well cooked and caters for someone who wants a mainstream experience.

                Maceo is the most upmarket, in a grand room with a set vegetarian menu (check their website - http://www.maceorestaurant.com/pages/...), Fish and Willies are wine bars, but both have vegetarian options and I recall Fish labels all such dices with a (v) on heir menu. Also, I am quite certain that these restaurants won't have slipped in some chicken stock to add flavour.

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                rutgers2 Jan 16, 2009 06:01 AM

                Angor, try happycow.com for ideas.

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                  Dodo Jan 16, 2009 05:42 AM

                  Macéo comes to my mind. Use the search box and you'll find numerous comments.

                  Or then, Le Soufflé, rue du Mont-Thabor, 1st arr.) or La Cigale Récamier, Rue Récamier, 7th arr., both do specialize in soufflés (salty or sweet).

                  You'll have some more suggestions in this topic:

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