Respond to Review of Le Grenier de Notre Dame
Review: I am here in Paris right now (March/April 2010). My husband (vegetarian )and I (vegan)have spent a month here this time. We have eaten at Le Grenier de Notre Dame seven times during this trip alone. (This is a lot of trips to a restaurant for us because we rent a furnished apartment when we come to Paris and I cook most of our meals.) We eat at this restaurant every time we come to Paris, as well as many others. We have come to Paris six times in the last nine years. The last time we were here (for three months, in 2007) we ate at this restaurant many times. When we read the notation that fish dishes were included in the menu, we scrutinized the menu as well as the specials boards at both of their restaurants. There is not one mention of fish anywhere. (Why would a restaurant serve fish dishes and not mention it on the menu or specials boards? Keeping dishes secret does not sound very cost-effective.) We have ordered just about every dish on the Le Grenier menu over the past 10 years. All are delicious, and they are served by friendly, polite and efficient servers. Wait time is kept to a minimum between ordering and the dishes arriving at your table. As for pricing - this is Paris --it is definitely not the most expensive vegetarian meal you will find in the city. Le Grenier de Notre Dame is also not the cheapest restaurant. If you don't mind eating your food while standing in the street, there is a great falafel place a block and a half away from Le Grenier . The falafel is tasty and it's very cheap. New York, as well as other large international cities all have equivalents in all price ranges. The decor was redone at Le Grenier in the spring of 2007 when we were here. It's not shabby, and it's not ultra-modern chic either. Neither my husband nor I know the owner or manager or any of the employees. We have no affiliation with any restaurant in Paris. As far as we can tell, Le Grenier de Notre Dame, and its smaller affiliate on Ile St.-Louis are completely vegetarian with a significant number of vegan options. The food is good and wholesome, and the service is well above average. We recommend it without any reservation. It deserves a 5-cow rating for an "excellent" vegetarian restaurant.