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Aug 15, 2013 01:43 AM

Table d’Eugène for a vegetarian and meat-eater couple?


Does anyone have any thoughts on whether Table d’Eugène has any decent options for my vegetarian wife? It looks wonderful, but I'm having a tough time finding any menus for the place online to see what sort of vegetarian options they've got...

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  1. How vegetarian is she? "Vegetarians" who show up on France Chowhound say they eat fish, cheese, egg, chicken, beef. I am officially confused and prefer to ask.

    9 Replies
    1. re: Parigi

      Since it's my neighborhood cantine I struggle to recall any vegetarian items on the carte.
      As we have tried to communicate here before, French restos do not have the sorts of web presence that US ones do and that covers menus. I'd suggest you look at the photos various bloggers have posted of menus/cartes on their blogs to see the sorts of dishes served here and elsewhere. (I see eggs and scallops on my last one but nothing I think are purely vegetarian, but as Parigi says, it depends on its definition - David Sedaris' "Flexigerians" who eat meat when no one's looking, make such definitions difficult.)mplicate the matter.)

      1. re: John Talbott

        My wife and I ate there awhile ago (May 2009) and they were easily and graciously able to accommodate my wife who is an ovo-lacto vegetarian. I believe her first course was off the carte and they made her main from the veggies they had on hand. Her dish turned out quite well and we both enjoyed our meal.

        1. re: michaelstl

          Wonderful, thanks for the advice Michael. :) I've just always thought of my wife as "standard" vegetarian -- eats all products made without killing the animal (such as eggs and milk), doesn't eat products that kill the animal (such as meat, game, fish), though I guess ovo-lacto would be the right phrase for that?

          She's a fluent French speaker, so she can explain herself and it sounds like they won't have a problem accommodating.

          1. re: Televangelist

            ""She's a fluent French speaker, so she can explain herself ""
            Why doesn't she give them a ring? Ask them the questions directly once happy with responses book a table. I find the old fashioned ways much simpler and very efficient.

        2. re: John Talbott

          Thanks John -- and while I have you here, one additional question :) Online sources suggest that the restaurant is open for lunch on Saturdays, which seems out of the ordinary for Paris bistros. Is that accurate, in your experience? Would hate to show up and find it shuttered.

          1. re: Televangelist

            I agree that Saturday is the new Sunday and bistros are often closed for lunch but to my knowledge it's still serving then.

            1. re: Televangelist

              "Would hate to show up and find it shuttered."

              I wouldn't risk just showing up for either lunch or dinner at Eugene. Why not just reserve and have peace of mind?

              1. re: mangeur

                Or maybe not shuttered but full.

                1. re: PhilD

                  As lemarais says "What's the downside of reserving"