Menu now a little tired
Posted on 04 / 22 / 2013
I must have eaten here 6/7 times spread over the last decade or so, often alone sometimes with veggie pals, and always found it OK. However, going there recently I was glad I chose Les Cinq Saveurs as the 'dine alone' choice before my girlfriend joined me the following night. She is veggie herself but looked at menu online before we went and thought it looked a bit limited.
She was right - looking at it now, the menu is now looking extremely limited and there are other, better options around for vegetarians in Paris.
As others have said, the menu is basically meat substitute (or fish) with rice / grains and salad / raw veg / (very well) boiled veg. The only choice is which meat substitute (seitan / tofu / tempeh / all three) you want with which combination of veg / grains. And to be honest most options seem to include a little bit of everything anyway - the difference is just how much of it you get.
Overall the menu has got a kind of 70s vibe: the type of limited, wholesome menu and lack of options that one imagines carnivores think vegetarians eat all the time. Having said that one of my vegetarian friends pegged this down as his favourite of all the places we ate at some years back (the menu was identical) so I'm aware this stripped down, worthy, macrobiotic take does appeal to some palates. I'm not sure if the appeal is waning though as I ate there around 8:30 / 9pm on a Thursday night and it was dead. Previously it's been pretty busy even mid-week.
Friendly staff, Decent sized portions, All organic
Limited menu, Does serve fish if that's an issue