La Fontaine de Mars

Ahh…La Fontaine de Mars, one of my treats to myself during my solo week in Paris. Reservations are necessary, and I did not call in time to get one, however, they said if I arrived as soon as they opened they would find a place. They found a great table outside in what has become my favorite neighborhood of Paris. This is a restaurant to try something from every course on the menu. The food is so incredible that by the end you can barely walk home, but it’s totally worth it. While the menu looks as if there aren’t many options, they do have daily specials that are not listed. I chose the appetizer special and it was divine! Call well in advance to reserve your table.

Vegetarian Options:

  • Hard boiled egg with mayonnaise and vegetable
  • Steamed leeks with herbs dressing, croutons
  • Tepid porcini mushroom pâté, baby lettuce and truffle dressing
  • Veggies: French green beans, Sauteed fresh spinach, Gratin dauphinois, Mashed potatoes, Homemade french fries, Butternut purée

Pescatarian Options:

  • Grilled “Red Label” salmon, “hollandaise” sauce and spinach
  • Sea bass fillet, gravy and mashed porcini potatoes
  • Full Dover sole “meunière” with butter and lemon
  • Fish of the day

And be sure to save room for dessert! This restaurant is known for the “Floating Island – Fountain de Mars” pictured above. Délicieux!

http://www.fontainedemars.com/en/history-1.html

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Chai 33

I am so excited that I found this restaurant! Chai 33 has an incredible menu, at a very good price, and it totally centers around the wine cellar with over 300 selections. In fact, each table is invited to visit the cellar to choose their bottle of wine and can peruse on their own, or with the sommelier. There are three cellars in all including one that is color coded to help you choose one for your tastes, one that contains the current house favorites, and the third for the Grands Crus.  Reservations are very easy to make, although they do prefer to communicate in French.While the restaurant is a bit out of the city center it is easily accessible by the metro and has a stop very nearby. We look forward to our visit in June and will update after our meal!

Vegetarian Options

  • Beetroot Gazpacho, Coconut Milk and Almond
  • Breaded Goat Cheese with Chives, Salad Mix
  • Scrambled Eggs with Asparagus
  • Burrata Cheese and Asparagus Duo
  • Vegetarian Gyozas, Spicy Crushed Tomatoes
  • Risotto with Grilled Vegetables

Pescatarian Options

  • Salmon, Leek and Dill Clafoutis
  • Mackerel Tartare, Mango and Avocado
  • Smoked Salmon and Tuffle Taramasalata
  • Crab Cake, Thai Salad
  • 3 Fish Keftas, Curry Sauce and Green Salad
  •  Risotto with Scallops and Red Pesto
  • 3 Fish Tartare with Fries and Green Salad
  • Cod with Mashed Vitelotte Potatoes
  • Roasted Wild Sea Bass Filet with Creamy Polenta
  • Thai Soup with Large Prawns, Coriander and Vegetables
  • Mixed Raw Fish Platter
  • Half-Cooked Tuna Albacore, Fruit Chutney and Flavored Rice
  • Meuniére or Dry Fish Sole with Mashed Potatoes and Wilted Spinach

And of course a wide selection of Cheeses and Desserts!

http://www.chai33.com/en/home

Restaurant 1 Place Vendôme

 

Listed as the number 1 restaurant on the Best Restaurants Paris websiteRestaurant 1 Place Vendôme is a stylish and fashionable restaurant in the famed Hôtel de Vendôme with an elegant and expensive menu. There are a few options for pescatarians with an a la carte menu, as well as tasting menu options. The menu is updates regularly but there appears to be at least two pescatarian starter and entree options on each version. Below are sample options only.

  • Smoked bluefin tuna, hazelnut shortbread, wasabi cream and condiment
  • Snow Crab, beet root, lime and goat cheese
  • Scallops, carrots, lentils, fennel, cider mussels juice
  • Turbot fillet, new potatoes, zucchinis, common shrimp broth, kombu, lemon caviar

http://www.hoteldevendome.com/uk/hotel-luxe-paris-site-officiel.php#restaurant-gastronomique-place-vendome-paris.php

http://www.hoteldevendome.com/maj/pdf/Carte_gatronomique_Chef_Marie_-_8_Avril_2014.pdf

Discounts and reservations available on the Best Restaurants Paris Website: http://www.bestrestaurantsparis.com/en/restaurant-paris/1-place-vendome.html

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

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