Soya: vegetarian, vegan, organic
Founded in 2007 by manager and chef Christel Dhuit near the Canal Saint-Martin, the Soya restaurant is located in a former workshop that displays the features of a loft: glass roofs, mixture of concrete and metal, wooden floors, solid wood tables, white walls, open kitchen and a nice ceiling height. A mostly gluten-free, 90% vegetarian and organic cuisine is being served. Green caviar made of tofu cream with herbs and homemade pesto for instance. Or else, fresh seaweed tartar with delicious cracker biscuits, followed by a Soy & Quinoa Couscous, string of vegetables served with homemade harissa. To end the meal on a sweet note, let the four spices vegan carrot cake make its way to your table. A lunchroom with Mediterranean influences for a healthy and colourful meal.
20, rue de la Pierre Levée
+33 (0)1 48 06 33 02
Menu: around 27 EUR
PH7 Equilibre, for good health reserves
Plates made of 70% alkalizing foods (rich in bases and low on acids) and 30% acidifying ones (increasing acids levels in the blood during digestion) are being served here, for perfect harmony of body and mind. The restaurant puts the emphasis on acid-base homeostasis, an essential part of a healthy diet. If the terms sound obscure, rest assured you'll enjoy a simple and generous cuisine. In this welcoming and colourful canteen, a black radish cream soup will give you the eye, unless you fall for the alkaline ratatouille with mashed potatoes. Extend pleasure to the dessert with a coconut milk based panna cotta. And to end on a high note, refresh your palate with a smooth apple, orange and ginger-mixed juice.
21, rue Le Peletier
+33 (0)9 83 87 95 95
Menu: around 20 EUR
Yuman: a philosophy
Offering furniture made of recycled materials, renewable sources of energy as power supply and filtered water in the kitchen, yumanity is everywhere to be felt in this restaurant. These values are paramount for concept creator Gilles Tessier, and part of civic and eco-friendly manoeuvres. 90% of the organic produce used by Gilles comes from France. They make the basis of such dishes like the Tout Chaud Tout Doux (The Warm and the Sweet) made with red lentils, coconut milk, cumin and orange peel, or the E-Qui-Libre, a mixture of hummus, guacamole, quinoa and grilled seasonal vegetables with herbs salad, coated in a freshly squeezed juice – make your pick between beetroot, cabbage, basil, ginger and apple. Consider the pie of the day for dessert!
70, rue du Chevaleret
+33 (0)1 73 74 44 79
Menu: around 25 EUR
Veggie fast food at East Side Burger
Vegetarians too have a right to hamburgers and heavily caloric meals. Here the meat has been replaced with organic patties made from cereals or tofu and cooked with vegetables and spices. The dining room is rather small, so you'd better get there early to secure a table and have time to choose among the three daily specials. If you're craving for something odorous, then try the cream cheese, cheddar, dried tomatoes and pickles burger. Care for something more classic? The double cheddar, vegan bacon, ketchup-mustard and red onions should do. Have a bite of their organic cheese nuggets that will have you melt with pleasure and do not leave without trying one of the speculoos, walnut and chocolate mini-pies or coco, raspberry and lime cheesecakes.
East Side Burger
60, boulevard Voltaire
+33 (0)9 67 00 78 72
Menu: around 11 EUR
Végébowl, for 100% meat-like Asian food
You'll experience a warm welcome in a Zen atmosphere and under some colourful lighting, to lunch under Buddha's benevolent supervision. Beef, duck, chicken and shrimp show on the menu, but fear not! All meats have been replaced with meat analogues made from been sprouts and wheat gluten. Experiment with the Pekinese soup with black mushrooms, soy noodles, bamboo, tofu, “ham”, coriander and garlic, and then have a go at the clay-pots: caramelised “chicken” or black pepper “beef”. For dessert, take your pick between lotus cakes or coconut pearls.
3, rue de la Boule Rouge
+33 (0)1 42 46 45 89
Menu: around 16 EUR