Le Potager du Marais
“You want to eat vegan?” In Paris?“
Even though we were texting, I could see the face of my French friend take on the look of slight disbelieve.
“Vegetarian you will find I think, but vegan might be more complicated. French people are not that used to vegan.”
Well, she wasn’t wrong. Finding vegan restaurants in Paris, France, is a bit difficult. But eating vegan food in Paris is most certainly not – I repeat, not – a mission impossible!
Last weekend was my partner’s birthday, and as a birthday gift I decided to arrange a weekend away in Paris. The weather was awesome, we got to meet with a dear friend, and, most importantly, enjoy the amazing food that France has to offer. And of course this includes vegan food!
After some online search I discovered a vegan restaurant in the Rambuteau street, which marks the boundary between the 3rd and 4th arrondissements. The restaurant, named Le Potager du Marais, adjusted the traditional French kitchen in 2003 to a fully vegan variety. It is a cosy, typical French restaurant, with a passionate staff that is surprisingly internationally oriented (we’ve had some times that waiting staff did not speak English, while our French isn’t the best either). We both loved the little restaurant. And if you want to eat vegan in Paris, then we definitely recommend you going there. Do make a reservation though – it can get quite busy. After we finished our main course (around 20:30), a rather large queue was waiting both inside and outside the restaurant, and we decided to go somewhere else for dessert.
What did we eat?
As a starter we both had the French onion soup (Soupe à l’oignon), which was topped by a vegan cheese. Don’t ask how it was called, I unfortunately couldn’t figure it out. What I can tell you though, is that the soup was incredibly tasteful and rich in flavour. The served quantity was rather large for a starter, but hey, we were hungry, and definitely not complaining.
We did decide on different main courses. I had the seitan stew with red wine and mushrooms (Bourguignon de seitan), complemented with potatoes. This was now the second time ever for me that I had seitan, and because of the texture I did not even notice that the bourguignon (traditionally made with beef) was vegan. It was seasoned to perfection, and the serving portion was, again, on the large side. I could not finish it.
My partner had the rolled lupine bean roast with spinach and mushrooms, tarragon sauce (Roulé de lupin à la florentine et aux champignons, sauce à l’estragon) as his main dish, also complemented with potatoes.
As mentioned above, by the time we finished our main courses, it had gotten rather busy, and as we were completely full, we decided to pay and start walking around, to discover Paris further by night.
Where can I find this restaurant?
Le Potager du Marais
24 rue Rambuteau 75003 Paris, France