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Paris - Vegetarian Trip Review - Mar/2019

sobbuh | Mar 19, 201910:35 AM     3

Had a short trip to Paris where we had 3 meals.

Septime (Lunch)
Solid execution, and not bad concept, but not overwhelming in any way for me. Maybe lunch is not a fair shot, but I think the food could have used some more interest, flavor, or just an opinion of some sort. I think when you offer minimal cuisine it's sometimes hard to engage the diner, and it just didn't hit the spot with me.

Can't really find a ton of fault with anything they put out, and it's still a good value at 3 courses for 42eur. I would probably skip it as a visitor to Paris, but would go there from time to time if I lived in the city.

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L'Arcane (Dinner)
Really nice flavors and execution; some parts could have been better (tempura in a couple dishes was a little flat, flavours a little unbalanced at times -- though this was a special preparation of a vegetarian menu, so that makes sense). Overall it was really enjoyable.

Felt that you could sense more remnants of french cooking here vs Septime, and was just more interesting overall (without necessarily trying to be). Just really well cooked food that was delicious. Lots of components that stood out as being really well executed, and put together really well for the most part.

My wife (omnivore) said it was her favorite meal ahead of several other 1*/2*/world's 50 best-type places we've been to in the past year (that were mostly considerably more expensive than L'arcane, for whatever that's worth).

Definitely worth checking out.

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Accents table bourse (Dinner)
Potential to be really good, but not quite there on the night we were tehre.

They offer a vegetarian tasting menu, so I expected a bit more.

Two dishes were interesting / delicious for me: one was a grilled tomato dish topped with olives and really finely sliced tomatoes (sort of an impromptu tapenade), and another that was morels and chestnuts with a carrot puree that could have been outstanding -- unfortunately the morels were a bit gritty, and chestnuts a little chalky. It was still pretty good.

Other dishes weren't really memorable. It was a pretty good meal, but in a city with so much choice I would probably look elsewhere.

Septime
L'Arcane
ACCENTS table bourse
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