Respond to Review of Gentle Gourmet Cafe
Review: Food: It is always great to go to a place that has a fully vegan menu; so a totally vegan restaurant is always going to score reasonably high for me. The menu here was quite good. The food was reasonably priced for Paris - expensive for anywhere else. The food was reasonably creative, but a little bit on the plain side. There were meals with cheese and cream substitutes which looked interesting, but I didn't actually try them. I think that they also sold these dairy alternatives in the restaurant. For starters I had an artichoke dish, which was nice. My friend had a lentil and quinoa salad, which was a bit bland and lacking in vegetables. As she is the fussier eater we swapped because she didn't like hers. For the main course I had a mushroom burger - which turned out to be a big mushroom in a bun and a little bit disappointing. My friend had a tofu and potato masala and although it tasted good it was slightly under seasoned. The puddings looked great, but I can never manage three courses. I also had a lovely vegan hot chocolate. My friend ordered a spiced one, but could't taste the spices. Ambiance and location: This is an elegant and smart restaurant. We sat in the conservatory overlooking the canal, which was really nice. I liked the location by the canal. It was worth going a little outside of the very central Paris area - and it is only walking distance from the Marais area and a few minutes from the Bastille metro station Service: The service was poor. We wondered if it was because we aren't French or were dressed too casually, even though I speak French very well. When we arrived the waiter immediately said that we couldn't stay long because there was a party in two hours time! He limited our choices of where to sit, although I did like the conservatory where we were eventually placed. He then took ages to serve us. We weren't asked about drinks, as usually happens in England. We did order hot chocolates though - but had to remind them about them and they came between the main course and starter. They excused this rather curtly by saying they had been preparing them and when they did come they were warm rather than hot. The main meal, like the starter and drinks, took ages to come. The salad was missing from my meal. We were not offered carafes of water like other tables with French diners, I had to ask for them. It took ages again to grab their attention for the bill and to get their attention so that we could pay.