Pousse Pousse(pronounced puss puss..doesn’t sound quite so good in it’s translation Sprout Sprout). Ah, the French language mellifluous in nature could make a tax return sound like poetry. I loved merely just being in the City, surrounded by these sensual, exotic accents. My efforts to emulate it where poor, but I did try my best. Though even my novice attempts were appreciated, as more than one Parisian told me (in English).
This restaurant, just south of Montmartre, situated in an area being slowly gentrified (where isn’t these days?!) has both raw and cooked dishes. My tartelette sans gluten dish had both raw and cooked elements. A host of wonderful flavours and textures on the plate that made eating quite a mindful experience.
Paris, France 75004
Joint winners take the fifth spot. Each had their own individual merits. I could not choose.
Caroline, owner of The Gentle Gourmet and her staff were so utterly sweet, I could not help but love them for that. I only tried dessert here.
I did forget that ‘pastry’ means a sweet treat to the French so when I ordered the vegan white Bavarian chocolate pastry I imagined a towering stack of ‘buttery’ flaky pastry amid clouds of thickly pipped chocolate fondant. I actually got a cheese cake. A delightfully smooth and creamy cheesecake with a gorgeously tart coulis that made this dessert sing.
And in joint place for 5th best vegan restaurant is 42 Degres. A raw food (nothing cooked about 42 degrees to maintain maximum nutrients) restaurant in the 9th arrondissement. I had to place them in the top 5 as their flavours were good. The mushroom burger entree was a mushroom based patty in between two marinated portabello mushrooms that served as the ‘bun’. It was lovely but with a single kale chip and two green leaves it was not for the hungry. The raw passionfruit torte was stunning but the meanness portion I’ve ever encountered. I looked around and mine got the medal for the smallest portion given out in the room! (I couldn’t help but feel irked as being short changed!). I would award few points to 42 Degres for value for money but they make up for it with presentation and flavour. If I lived in Paris I’d have this place on my list of favourites but I’d only visit it on occasion.