Despite munching our way through half the baguettes in Paris, Tom and I still managed to visit a few restaurants during our stay.
There’s a lot of good vegan food in Paris, if you know where to look, but the average omni restaurant is unlikely to be able to cater to you, unless you speak fluent French or are willing to eat something a bit shit. Green salad and frites, anyone? Anyhow, my point is, do your research before you go. I’d recommend Happy Cow as your main resource, but blogs and such are great, too. I, personally, drooled over Jojo’s posts on her Vegan in Brighton blog, which is what led me to the place we ate on our first night in Paris…..
Tien Hiang is a Chinese/Asian fusion restaurant in Belleville. I’d wanted to visit Belleville anyway, because I love the film Belleville rendezvous and because it’s also a generally cool area. Then I’d read about Tien Hiang and wanted to eat there. So, it was a perfect excuse to do both things.
Tom and I shared a few things, all of which were super good. The lighting was bad, so these photos aren’t the greatest….
To start we had these grilled dumplings. I seriously love dumplings in all their forms, but these were super good. They were filled with mock meat and it seemed like they’d make the outer dough part themselves, whereas a lot of places use ready made wrappers.
Next up were a few mains……
I honestly can’t remember what this first one was called, but it had thick noodles, mock meat, tofu and a lot of soupy goodness going on. Really tasty.
These were crispy noodles with mock chicken and veggies and such. They were genuinely crunchy and not soggy or greasy as is sometimes the case with so-called crispy noodles.
Sometimes I like to try stuff that sounds really weird, just for funsies, so we also had “fish with eggplant”. Yum… right? Well, it was actually super delicious. The aubergine was well cooked and the mock fish was not particularly fishy, but nice.
The next evening we went to Hank, which is an all vegan burger joint that was conveniently located about 10 minutes from our apartment. They offered a meal deal, where you could get any burger, a side, a drink, and a dessert for 13 euros, which I thought was extremely reasonable, especially for Paris.
I got a burger, fries, a cola, and a carrot cake. Everything was good and I was so full that I had to take the cake with me to eat later.
I can’t remember the name of the burger I chose, but it was Mexican style. The patty itself was a bean burger, and it came with a coriander (cilantro) sauce, tortilla chips and vegusto cheese (though I had to pay extra for the latter).
Finally, we had to check out L’as du Fallafel, which was also near to where we were staying, in the Marais district. I adore falafel, and L’as is said to serve the best in Paris. It certainly didn’t disappoint. The falafel balls (of which there were many) were perfectly crispy on the outside, the pita was huge and soft, and it was served with interesting salad and a tasty tahini sauce. This was the “falafel special”.