Sunday, September 27, 2009
Happened upon this place after sitting in Parc Monceau for a couple of hours and then thinking...damn my hunger!
Aqib is not purely a vegetarian restaurant but being Indian is had plenty of options.
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You can take the Rome or the Villiers metro to get there.
I got the lunch 17 euro formule which is entree(app)+ main course + dessert
Mixed Veggie Curry (carrots, potatoes, asparagus, onions)
and I added a piece of Naan onto that for 2 euros.
My recommendation. Make a day out of it, or at least a morning! Take the metro to Villiers in the morning and hit the market first. They've got fruits and veggies, meat, cheese, linens, wine, and treats. Go there first and pick up a treat like this.
Then walk over to Parc Monceau and check out the flowers and lay out in the grass for a while.
Lay around until you're hungry then head over to Aqib for lunch. From there...I dunno, hop the metro to the Sacre Coeur and catch the sunset and the amazing view.
Next posts will be "What to do and what to skip - Paris" and "Welcome to Limoges!"
Thursday, September 24, 2009
33 Rue de Charrone
01 43 57 53 79
Open Mon- Wed noon to 3 then 6:30 to 10:30pm
Thurs- Sat noon to 3 then 6:30 to 11pm
Deb and I walked a long way to get to this little place that I had read about in the book Vegetarian and Organic Paris which you can get on Amazon. It's British owned (so you can speak either English or French without a problem. It's quite close to the Bastille area, just a 5 minute or so walk from there.
Their deal: 6 soups per day - 5 or which are vegetarian.
Today they had
Tomato soup with meatballs
Lentil soup with coconut milk
Pumpkin soup with avocado (that's what I had!)
Carrot and coriander
Soup au marche (veggie medley)
Most of the soups were purees or close to purees. Is there a term for soup that is mostly pureed but has some lumps still in it? Tess? So I would assume that most days this is what you're going to get, so don't expect a hearty stew or anything real real filling.
Pumpkin Soup with Avocado, side of bread and water with lime (5 euro)
Their dinner special is 3 soups with bread and drink for 6 euro
Lunch formule (special) is soup + salad or cheese or dessert + drink (wine, soad, tea)
that's Deb posing in the window!
My Recommendation: If you're in the area and feel like a light meal of soup then stop in. Perhaps don't trek all over Paris just to get here though if you aren't in the neighborhood. Good if you're already seeing the Bastille area, at Notre Dame or Le Centre Pompidou (though it is a walk from these two so be prepared). Satisfies veggies and meat eaters alike (and I had a picky meat eater with me!)