Casual spot at Chatelet
Posted on 09 / 30 / 2015
This is more a casual diner, takeaway and healthfood shop than a restaurant. I got a bemused look when I asked if they had a table for one for an early dinner! You just take a tray and help yourself. There is a buffet of various warm (not hot) dishes; mains are sold by weight, which is a bit strange. Watch out; most are vegetarian/vegan but not all. They are well labelled but you will need your French. All the information about set menus etc is chalked up on blackboards (in French). I had the set dinner, which was €12 for a main of 280g and either a starter (small salad) or a dessert.
I chose a quinoa and lentil salad with a Thai dressing for a starter and a selection of vegetarian dishes to make up a main. The salad was good. The main dishes I tried were very much 'catering' but perfectly edible and there was a good range of vegetables. However, it was an hour and a half before closing and some were nearly finished. I had some Moroccan chickpeas, courgettes, some red cabbage and some rice with cabbage. I also had a green iced tea €3.90, which was fine but would have been better in a glass with ice. The dining area was pleasant and clean and I was quite comfortable dining solo.
The lady behind the counter needed to be prompted to explain the system and the options but was pleasant and helpful once I asked questions. We managed mostly in French but she seemed to speak some English too.
Central location, Ethical stance, Set menu good value
Warm, not hot, mains, Plastic plates