Le Grenier de Notre-Dame is a macrobiotic vegetarian restaurant in the centre of Paris, near the Notre Dame. It has been around for quite a while, since 1978. They use a lot of local and organic ingredients. This green mind set is also perpetuated in the décor, with a lot of green plants. Downstairs there are a few tables, and a bar. Upstairs there is a larger room.
Le Grenier offers a selection of soups, salads, bowls, desserts and drinks. Every day there is a different daily menu and the standard menu offers a lot of choice! On the menu the vegan dishes are clearly marked. Small warning, I noticed there was one dish which was marked vegan but contained honey. It turned out that dish “could be made vegan”.
We had a vegetable soup and a mango-avocado “tartar”. The tartar was very interesting; sweet and creamy.
For our main course we had the protein special and the couscous. The protein special was like a tasting menu full of different high-protein vegan foods like seitan, tofu, grains and seasonal vegetables.
The couscous was served with chickpeas, several vegetables and a seitan “steak”. Both courses were served with bread.
There are also several vegan desserts! We chose the pear tart and a chocolate carrot/avocado/mango tart with a scoop of sorbet ice cream. The chocolate tart was good, but very heavy. The avocado taste is hidden, but adds to the creaminess of the dish. The pear tart is huge!
Overall le Grenier de Notre-Dame is a relaxed place, with a lot of choice for vegans. The price is slightly higher than most other places in Paris, but the portions are big and the food delicious.
Type of place: Restaurant, Vegetarian
Completely vegan: no
Vegan desserts: yes
Website (French, English) : http://www.legrenierdenotredame.fr/