La Vinoteca Torres

La VinotecaTorres quickly became a staple in Barcelona. It is a bit “touristy”, none of my Spanish friends eat there, however, it’s around the corner from our apartment, has great vegetarian selections, great wine, and outdoor seating. Settled next door to the Gucci store on Passeig de Gracia, the crowd watching is very entertaining. There is also a great selection of desserts including chilled chocolate truffles that serve as a great compliment to the wine!

Vegetarian Options:

  • Torre Real’s olives selection
  • Potato chips with pepper and lemon
  • Tomato-rubbed crispy bread dressed with extra virgin olive oil El Silencio
  • Selection of dairy cheeses
  • Baby-leaf salad with sprouts and roots
  • Salad of leaves, apple, nuts and goat cheese and yoghurt (my favorite salad in Barcelona!!!)
  • Warm salad of mushrooms, promegranate and nuts
  • Caesar salad
  • Patatas bravas
  • Potato omelette
  • Chick peas frittersand traditional romesco sauce

Pescatarian Options:

  • Dried anchovies from the Cantabrian Sea and virgin olive oil
  • Cockles with paprika flavoured dressing Espinaler
  • Mussels in pickling brine light marinade
  • Fresh razor clams
  • Marinated sardines in olive oil
  • Fresh oysters from Marennes
  • Sardines and roasted vegetables on flat crispy bread
  • Tuna and tomato confit tartare
  • Garlic-fried shrimp
  • Fish with clam soup
  • Creamy rice with prawns
  • Homemade marinated sardines
  • Cod with fricassèe of mushrooms

A couple of wine suggestions:

  • Celeste Crianza Tinto fino – D.0 Ribera del Duero (great for the price)
  • Salmos Garnacha Tinta, Syrah, Cariñena – D.O.Q Priorat
  • Perpetual Cariñena, Garnacha Tinta – D.O.Q Priorat (a bit pricey, but a great wine)

http://www.lavinotecatorres.com/index.php?idioma=en

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Mon Vieil Ami

 

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Update: A great friend of ours also recommended this restaurant as one of his favorites in Paris, and he is one of the toughest food critics I know. We were able to secure reservations for dinner and had an amazing meal. We did notify them of our dietary preferences at the time we made our reservations and they were happy to accommodate. In fact, the menu, while small, was perfectly designed for a variety of dietary needs. The tiny dining room is exactly what one would imagine as an authentic Parisian restaurant. The location on the Ile St. Louis brought us to an area of the city we had only briefly explored, an area that feels like its own French village within the enormity that is Paris. Mon Vieil Ami is a relaxing, wonderful, and special way to spend an evening in Paris.

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I came across reviews of this restaurant while reading a review of my favorite restaurant in Barcelona. While there is not a website with a posted menu, their Facebook page describes their cuisine as French, and Vegetarian. This is not to be mistaken as a vegetarian restaurant, they still serve things such as Boar’s Head Stew, however, there are many vegetarian options.

The chef, Antoine Westermann, earned three stars at his restaurant Le Buerehiesel in Strasbourg. He now has two restaurants in Paris. Mon Vieil Ami is located on Ile St. Louis and has a more contemporary design than many other Parisian restaurants. The menu focuses on seasonal veggies and traditional meats. The selection below is only a seasonal menu. Expect the menu to vary – but always expect many great options.

  • Shredded Granny Smith Apple and red cabbage salad with toasted sesame seeds
  • Potatoes and Salad with sherry vinegar
  • Julienne vegetables & noodles, fricassee of mushrooms & poached egg
  • Seared fillet of red mullet with leeks
  • Poached cod with fennel, pumpkin, and candied ginger
  • Seasonal vegetables in risotto with roasted scallops

http://www.mon-vieil-ami.com/restaurant-mon-vieil-ami-paris

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mon-Vieil-Ami-Antoine-Westermann/364663143620076

Read an interesting interview with the chef at the following link: http://www.ipreferparis.net/2013/03/parisian-of-the-month-antoine-westermann.html

Monvinic

Monvinic is not only my favorite restaurant in Barcelona, but is my favorite restaurant thus far. The ultra modern design is only one way this unique restaurant distinguishes itself. The primary difference, however, is the intense focus on wine. Monvinic is a restaurant second and a wine center first. Instead of using wine to complement food, the food is created to compliment the wine. The restaurant has very limited hours and only one seating a night, Monday through Friday, with a few lunch options. While dinner in Barcelona usually starts after 9:30 p.m., we like to start at Monvinic as soon as they open the doors at 8:00 so that we can enjoy a few hours before they begin to wrap up at 11:00. Reservations are required and I encourage you to make them well in advance.

Monvinic is a research center for those who study wine. There are a few study rooms that line one side of the space with books and bottles lining the walls. The glass enclosed wine cellar is very well stocked and the wine list is presented on an electronic tablet viewable by varietal, country, region, and more. The by the glass list changes throughout the night as the waitstaff, all of whom are sommeliers, decide which bottles to open next – as one bottle is finished they choose a new one. My recommendation is to enjoy by the glass, or I prefer half pours, so that you can taste a variety of wines. Your server will perfectly pair your dish with your next glass and will time your meal on how quickly, or slowly, you consume your wine. On some visits I stick with only Spanish wines, on others I leave it all to the recommendation of the staff.

The dinner menu is projected on the wall. One side of the projection is in Catalon, the other side rotates between Spanish and English. The menu is somewhat limited, however, I have never struggled to find a complete 3-4 course meal. There are always a few seafood options, after all, you are only a few blocks from the Mediterranean. Some of my favorites include the egg and truffle small plate, the morels with cream sauce, and all of the fish that I have had is perfect.

Between every course you will be served an amuse-bouche. Many of these are not vegetarian friendly, blood sausage seems to be a favorite here, however, if you notify your server of your dietary preferences they will make sure you are well informed of all the ingredients. Although the meals is large, be sure to save room for dessert and coffee!

Also be sure to check the website for events during the dates you will be in Barcelona. On my last visit I was able to get reservations for a blind Grenache tasting that was truly spectacular. These are all in Spanish, however you can usually find someone to help translate the bits that you can’t figure out on your own.

Monvinic tasting 1   Monvinic Tasting

Enjoy!

http://www.monvinic.com/en/

*Photos taken at Monvinic

Un Dimanche à Paris

Could it be true? A restaurant that includes chocolate in every item on the menu – and it has vegetarian options – and is only a 15 minute walk from my apartment? I may never return home!

Un Dimanche à Paris is just that – a speciality restaurant that focuses on chocolate. The restaurant space is bright and luxurious, while the boutique offers a selection of chocolates and pastries to go. And of course there are wine pairings!

  • Raw & cooked Autumn mushrooms, arugula salad with egg and old “Comté” cheese, cocoa bread crisps (vegetarian)
  • Cod fish with cocoa, shellfish and saffron juice, shrimp and warm vegetables salad
  • Lobster maki and aspic of crab, dressing passion cocoa
  • Stuffed pasta Conchiglioni of spinaches and ricotta, emulsion juice of hazelnuts and blond chocolate (vegetarian)
  • Lacquered Scottish salmon, seasonal vegetables tagliatelle with cocoa nibs 
  • Prawns with cocoa nibs, pineapple candied with spices, creamy risotto with coconut milk
  • Grilled scallops, potatoes gnocchi with cocoa
  • Of course a great variety of desserts!

Brunch Options:

  • Spinach, Ricotta and hazelnuts omelette Marinated salmon
  • Mushrooms and Cheese omelette
  • Salmon rillettes, with herbs and cocoa bread chips
  • Artichokes cream, mushrooms and truffle oil
  • Prawns and pineapple Skewered
  • a variety of bread with spreads and yogurt

http://www.un-dimanche-a-paris.com

Willi’s Wine Bar and Macéo Restaurant

Willi’s Wine Bar and Macéo Restaurant are sister and neighboring establishments – as you will see frequently in Paris. Not only do they offer small plate and regular menu items that will satisfy the vegetarian and pescatarian diet, but they also offer a vegetarian menu – including tofu! Stop in Willi’s wine bar for small plates and great wine, or have dinner at Macéo. And – it’s only a 10 minute walk from the Louvre!

Willi’s Wine Bar

  • A salad of green asparagus with shaved parmesan
  • fresh crab cakes, sweet and sour sauce
  • warm artichoke and pepper salad, poached organic egg with flavors of wood
  • Cream of Jerusalem artichokes, feta cheese, green olives & rosemary
  • Tails grilled ‘salt & pepper’ prawns, diced basi
  • variety of cheese and dessert plates

Macéo Restaurant

  • Butternut velouté with truffle oil
  • Organic poached egg, mesclun & green beans salad
  • Green thaï vegetable curry & coconut milk
  • Vegetable cromesquis, coriander mayonnaise
  • Sweet spiced tofu steak, oyster mushrooms, lemon grass
  • Marinated prawns in kanafeh, mango salsa & chili
  • Scallops from Erquy, carrot purée & jus
  • Scotish ‘Label Rouge’ salmon façon maki, citrus & coriander salad
  • Variety of cheese and dessert plates

Le Dauphin

Not much information regarding a menu can be found for the small and modern wine bar in the 11th, however, many posts and photos describe small plates that are both vegetarian and pescatarian friendly, and Conde Nast lists Le Dauphin as one of the best restaurants in Paris. The marble interior sets it apart from many of the other old France style bistros and as the sister wine bar to the famed Le Chateaubriand next door it may be worth a stop! We find when we travel that wine bars are often great options for dining, even if you are not one to enjoy wine – the menus are usually easily navigable for vegetarians and pescatarians.

Le Dauphin

http://parisbymouth.com/our-guide-to-paris/our-guide-to-paris-wine-bars-2/our-paris-guide-le-dauphin/

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g187147-d2035917-Reviews-Le_Dauphin-Paris_Ile_de_France.html

http://www.cntraveller.com/recommended/food/paris-restaurants/le-dauphin

Verjus

Update (January 24, 2016): On my last trip to Paris, a friend and I stopped by Verjus in the hopes of having dinner. Reservations in the restaurant upstairs are required and the wine bar downstairs, while they do have small plates, is very, very small. The wine bar did not entice us that evening, however, I recently contacted the restaurant regarding our dietary restrictions. They serve a daily prix fixe menu, which is often difficult for those with any type of dietary restriction. The response was quick and gracious and they are happy to accommodate our preferences with notice. Reservations are taken up to three months in advance – my husband and I plan to dine here for our 15th wedding anniversary this October!

A restaurant and wine bar near the Louvre. Stop by the wine bar for a quick snack and a glass of wine, or make a reservation at the restaurant upstairs for tasting menu with plenty of options for pescatarians. The wine bar also offers many vegetarian options. And did I mention that the wine list looks incredible!

http://www.verjusparis.com

Wine Bar Options

  • marinated feta, roast tomato vinaigrette, purslane, olives
  • nettle and red chili cappellettis, brown butter, parmesan, sage flowers
  • buffalo milk ricotta dumplings, sweet peas, heirloom carrots, hazelnuts, wild herbs
  • gyozas of celery root, dan-dan sauce, toasted peanuts, chives, scallions
  • Joe’s shoestring fries, togarashi, ketchup
  • southern style hushpuppies, mesclun, honey butter, buttermilk dressing
  • burrata mozzarella, white peaches, chili powder, fresh almonds, mint
  • roasted broccoli, anchovy butter, lemon, korean rice cakes, parm
  • a selection of cheeses from maison Hisada with house made garnishes
  • greek yogurt sorbet, wild blueberries from Vosges, raspberries from Orgeval, almond shortbread

Sample Dinner Tasting Menu Options (this menu will change – call ahead for the evening selection)

  • sea scallop from Mont St Michel, piquillo pepper confit, milk poached salsify, sweet onions, bronze fennel
  • cappellettis of roast pumpkin, buffalo milk ricotta, nettle pesto, pine nuts, pickled pumpkin, bernet
  • supplement of 5g of white truffle from Acqualagna, Pain des Amis croutons, Bordier butter poached farm egg +25€
  • clams from Galice, roast sunchoke soup, garlic crouton, harissa, celery root, thyme oil
  • a selection of French cheeses aged by Madame Hisada, house garnishes (2 people) +14€
  • ginger and cardamom ice cream, pear cake, vadouvan granola, salted caramel, hazelnut
  • fresh sage panna cotta, red wine poached quince, wine reduction, graham crumbs

Fish La Boissonnerie

This wine bar/restaurant in the Saint Germain  (only a few blocks from our apartment!) with a beautiful mosaic facade is acclaimed for a casual atmosphere with incredible food. With a seafood heavy menu, Fish is the perfect spot for pescatarians. While I could not find a menu online, several articles and posts do mention that there are vegetarian options as well. Just keep in mind, vegetarian in Paris typically means you eat everything except red meat so if you are a strict vegetarian stop by and check out the menu before settling in for a meal. This is a must for our next visit!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fish-La-Boissonnerie/156620904372928

http://parisbymouth.com/our-guide-to-paris/our-guide-to-paris-restaurants/our-guide-to-paris-fish-la-boissonnerie/

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g187147-d715085-Reviews-Fish_la_Boissonnerie-Paris_Ile_de_France.html

La Buvette

Wine is another passion of ours. Many of our trips center around visiting wineries in our favorite wine regions…Burgundy, Loire, Bordeaux, Priorat, and more. When we are in the city, however, we seek out exceptional wine bars. La Buvette has been featured in the Fooding Guide as one of the best of 2014 (I also found it amusing that the Fooding Guide described it as an “antidepressant.”), as well in many other blogs about wine and food in Paris. While you may not find enough options to warrant a complete meal, there are definite options for vegetarians and pescatarians to have some snacks while enjoying their bottle of wine. Read more about this unique wine bar on either of the following:

http://hipparis.com/2013/04/11/la-buvette-de-camille-natural-wines-small-plates-for-your-next-apero/

http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=fr&u=http://www.lefooding.com/fr/palmares&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dthe%2Bfooding%2Bguide%2Bparis%26client%3Dsafari%26rls%3Den

Crêperie Josselin

Many blogs list this as the best crêperie in Paris with the most traditional and authentic Parisian crêpes and galettes. While I couldn’t find a menu, these blogs say there are vegetarian options, including egg and cheese, plain cheese, vegetable, and dessert crepes. You can’t leave Paris without having at least one crêpe!

http://parisbymouth.com/our-guide-to-paris/our-guide-to-paris-restaurants/creperie-josselin/