Les Amants du Marche

Overall rating: 4.0 stars 4 Reviews
All organic restaurant located in the north of Pau. Creative meals with vegan options prepared by the owners, Laure and Nicolas, using local produce. A 3 course meal on the weekend costs around 28 euros and is filling. Drinks menu includes fresh fruit and vegetable juices, artisanal beers, ciders, wines from local organic family farms, aperitifs, teas, and coffee. The atmosphere is warm and inviting with pleasant decor. Hosts a dinner concert where a live band plays inside the restaurant on the last Saturday of each month. Reservations suggested for dinner. New owners since April 2013. Price: Moderate more-less
Vegan-friendly, Ovo, Lacto, Organic, French, Juice bar, Beer/Wine
1, rue Bourbaki, Place Foirail
Pau, France 64000

Open Tue-Sat lunch and dinner with full menu at 22.00.



First Review by RayLil
  • vegan

Very fine and mainly vegan cuisine

5 Posted on 08 / 05 / 2014

Coming to this restaurant was a really good surprise. I knew that this area of France (the South-West) was not really vegetarian-friendly and can be even harder for vegans. But this restaurant is really a heaven for ethical-eaters. The place is really peaceful and pleasant. The decoration made of wood creates a warmful atmosphere. The staff is very friendly (originated from Great-Britain, recently new owners of the restaurant) and know how to run efficiently a restaurant. Every detail is thought to create a perfect dinner experience.

Almost every dish on the menu was vegan the evening when we ate. Only one main dish and one dessert were vegetarian. As a starter, we took a mushroom-lentils pâté with smoked tofu and seeds and a polenta with beans and a carot cream cooked in wine. They were excellent in taste and very well presented. We then took two different main dishes: an eggplant "roulé" with beetroot, fennel, cauliflower and chickpeas baked with béchamel sauce and Thai basil, served with a pearl barley risotto, spinach and yeast malt; and a chickpea galette with vegetables and cream. Both were very good and generous. The desserts (a chocolate-apricot cream and a yellow brownie) were also really appetizing even if we were close to be full.

Finally, the experience was amazing at a reasonnable cost for organic and fresh products. Less than 30 euros for a 3-course-meal and a cocktail. I would clearly recommend this restaurant for its food quality.

Pros: excellent food and dish presentation, very vegan-friendly, nice place, friendly staff
  • vegan

Finest vegan food around

5 Posted on 06 / 06 / 2014

I went there a couple of times, both to lunch and dinner, and it was always a great experience. The food is delicate, innovative and most important delicious! The portion sizes may look a tad small at first but I was satisfied in the end.
To be noted, it can get a bit expensive so I usually go there on big occasions.

Pros: Gourmet food, innovative, Great, peaceful atmosphere
Cons: Can get expensive

  • vegan

good food, to bad the staff is SERIOUS !

2 Posted on 10 / 01 / 2011

The food is really quite good in this place, situated next to the organic market (wednesday and saturday mornings). But the staff really needs to brighten up !!! This is the deep of FRANCE, really. Lonely Planet said that the word SERVICE never was invented in France. This place is a proof on this. To bad because the food is really quite good.

Pros: good food, decoration , situation
Cons: staff, staff, uncomfortable
  • RayLil RayLil

    The staff and the owner changed and there is a now a lovely woman running the place. So big change and the food is still very good.



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Last updated: 2013/04/16


Added: 2011/02/03


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