Veganopoulous for helping me doing some online searching. It was through Faye that I discovered this highly regarded vegan cafe.
The menu for Brasserie Lola was quite overwhelming. Especially when my French is rudimentary at best. The waitress was helpful in translating but there are only so many questions I could ask. Lots of interesting dishes and yet I was drawn to the cheeseburgers with fries and salad. E ordered the Croque Monsieur and I thought Sylvia would like the hotdog in a bun without salad.
Unlike E's croque monsieur (a traditional French snack where the ham is in the sandwich and cheese melted on top) which looked underwhelming compared to his gooey dairy cheese version earlier in the trip. I had hoped for a more melty vegan cheese but he said it was nice.
My main problem with my meal was that it wasn't a particularly French meal. Which is perhaps unfair as I think they do a mix of different cultural dishes (pad thai, pasta etc) and do not purport to be a French cafe. Sylvia had some berry sorbet for dessert and loved it. (E said it was served with vegan cream because it was tasteless which I found odd as I have always found dairy cream tasteless!) She also had a hot chocolate was was lovely.
So overall Brasserie Lola did a great job and our quibbles were mainly due to our quirks rather than the cafe's.
Happy Cow. It is a cute little vegan cafe that was rather busy. The menu was extensive and I wished for company to share a few dishes. In the end I passed by the French onion soup and cassoulet and ordered a Crepe de Sarrasin garnie (buckwheat pancake with mushrooms and leek fondue). No complaints about finding French food. In fact it seemed quite an old fashioned vegan menu.
E and I both chose the L'Assiette Macrobiotique. This vegan and gluten free meal consisted of brown rice, boiled vegetables, fried tofu, adzuki beans, seaweed, smoked tempeh, salad, and tomato dressing with herbs. It sounded old school vegetarian in line with the style of the menu. Yet it was one of the nicest meals and one that I really needed. Everything worked well together and was really tasty without being highly flavoured.
his top 5 vegan restaurants in the world. And it was good to leave Paris on a high.
[We are back in Edinburgh and leave in a couple of days so our holiday eating will come to a halt soon though I will continue to post about the holiday when I am home.]
Le Grenier de Notre-Dame
18, Rue de la Bûcherie •75005 Paris
Tel: 01 43 29 98 29
Metro: Saint Michel
Le Potager du Marais
24 rue Rambuteau • 75003 Paris
Tel: 01 57 40 98 57
99 Rue du Théâtre •75015 Paris
Tel: 01 45 78 22 35
Metro: Emile Zola
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