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Respond to Review of Le Grenier de Notre Dame
by Amanda-JaneAnsell

Review: My husband and I visited this restaurant during our stay in Paris in October 2011 after finding numerous reviews on the Internet. I am vegan and my husband is vegetarian. This restaurant is ideally located, as the name suggests, very close to Notre Dame. As we had been sightseeing in this area it was the obvious choice for dinner. We didn't have any problems finding it but we were prepared and had a map printed out to guide us. I was really excited when we first walked in as it looks like a proper restaurant as opposed to the many vegan/vegetarian restaurants that look and feel like glorified cafes. It's quite cosy especially downstairs. The menu is in French and English and the waiters spoke good English too. The service was faultless. Our research into vegan/vegetarian food in France prepared us for some disappointing culinary experiences and unfortunately this restaurant did nothing to change my opinion of vegan and vegetarian food in Paris. Apparently we had miso soup to start but having had this in Japan whatever we were served was not traditional miso soup, it was a broth that was the wrong colour, wrong taste and had marinated tofu rather than plain silken tofu, none of which would have mattered had it had a flavour but it didn't. For mains we had spaghetti with garlic, herbs and cheese and the casserole. The spaghetti was served with some salad that was stale - the lettuce was bitter and the carrot was dried out. Both meals were tasty enough but nothing special and certainly not tasty or inventive enough to justify the price, you could describe them as a meal you might make when you're feeling a bit lazy and can't be bothered to make anything better so satisfying in that you're no longer hungry but disappointing in the flavour department. We had 1 starter, 2 mains, 2 drinks and that came to about 41 euros. As others have said the food isn't bad it's just not great and the price tag seems to be down to the food and drink being organic rather than the merit of the food. Being in the heart of Paris I would have loved a menu with an attempt at veganised/vegetarianised (ok I know these aren't real words!) French cuisine but the menu lacks a concept, it's just a mismash. Whilst we were walking around the area I noticed lots of restaurants with at least 1 vegetarian dish on the menu at a far cheaper price so vegetarians you can eat elsewhere in this area if you want to!

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