Respond to Review of Le Potager du Marais
Review: Utterly mediocre and vastly overpriced. As a non-veg living in Paris and hosting a veg friend for the weekend, I looked online, found the reviews of this restaurant at this site and booked a table. Well! Vague 'California-style' vegetarian food that either of us could have made at home although with perhaps less grease: she took the tofu steak and I had the quinoa burger (which wasn't carefully cooked as it was still cold in parts). We both got a boring side of grated carrot and cabbage, and she had some greasy fries as well. Her dish was 17 euros, and I had the menu at 22 euros!! The broccoli soup I had was the best thing on the table, and the fromage blanc was standard. Both of our meals should have been 5-10 euros cheaper for the style and care that was put into preparing and serving them. We were told we only had 2 hours as they have a second service, and it was no problem. We wanted to leave as soon as we finished our cafeteria-type meals in this crowded, loud cafe. Bottom line? Very bad 'rapport qualite/prix' which the French rightly take seriously. I don't know if it's a pure racket, as the owners know they have something of a captive market? Probably high rents because of the central location play a role. Or a combination of the two. My advice: great Lebanese/Israeli food with lots of veg options in the many restaurants on the rue des Rosiers right around the corner. More interesting food, prepared better, for less money. I feel sorry for foreign (and French!) vegetarians if this is the best food they can get in Paris. I'm happy that I'll never have to go back.
Posted by oddvegan on Tuesday, June 23, 2009