Respond to Review of Le Potager du Marais
by Kim Stallwood
Review: In the Marais neighbourhood in the third and fourth arrondissements of Paris is a lovely organic vegan/vegetarian restaurant called Le Potager du Marais. This week we had dinner there. We highly recommended Le Potager as a restaurant to go to when you're next in Paris. We chose from the table d'hote menu a three-course meal for 25 euros. Our two appetisers were a fresh green salad and a walnut pate. The salad was fresh and generous. The pate was firm and tasty. One entree was a slightly smokey flavoured casserole with mixed chopped vegetables, chickpeas and raisins. The casserole was served with diced fried potatoes. The other was quinoia burger which was expertly fried as it was firm on the outside but soft in the middle. It was served with salad. The desserts were a rich chocolate mousse and an orange and carrot flan, which complemented each other very well. The refreshing flavour of the flan made a delicious counterpoint to the intense flavour of the mousse. This time it was good to share desserts! The Marais is an historic neighbourhood undergoing a creative revival. It is not very far from the Pompidou modern art museum in the nearby Beaubourg neighbourhood. We did visit the Pompidou, which is always fun but the spectacular building is looking a little neglected in places. The Mondrian was interesting but there's only so many little red squares that can be enjoyed before they all become, well, a lot of little red squares. The Musee d'Orsay art museum is much more interesting. A grand old railway station on the bank of the Seine across from the Louvre is now a stunning art museum specialising in the period 1848-1918.