Gentle Gourmet

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24 Boulevard de La Bastille, Paris, France, 75012

Vegan restaurant and deli serving French and Mediterranean dishes, both classics and contemporary. The classy bistro atmosphere lends itself to casual as well as special dining. Has kids menu. Reservations suggested. Open Tue-Sun 6:30pm-10:00pm, Wed-Sun 12:00pm-2:30pm.

Categories: Vegan, Organic, Raw, Mediterranean, Take-out, Bakery, French

218 Reviews

First Review by AnnFromIllinois

Great expectations, very good food - Edit

My partner had very good memories of this restaurant from her visit here in 2015, so our expectations were sky high.
I must say that in the light of these expectations, I was slightly disappointed, but this is not to say that the food isn't great - it simply isn't the greatest...
The Burger was the best dish, but everything was in deed very good.

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A little bit different vegan food - Edit

Visited several times in the last couple of years.

The menu changes each season, so it's always interesting to know what they'll do next; given that their dishes are rather creative and yummy.
The menu itself is not large, but I think you'll always find something nice on it.

I like that desserts are interesting, with creations you rarely find on other vegan restaurants.

The place is rather pricey for what you get in terms of portion size and contents; however, it's the only "fancy" fully vegan restaurant in the city.
Having said that, nowadays there are many places in Paris which I enjoy more.

Updated from previous review on 2016-11-27

Pros: creative dishes, gourmet desserts, service

Cons: none

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Good looks, taste disappointing - Edit

Did not meet our expectations at all

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Love it - Edit

Delicious and beautiful vegan food.

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Beautiful gourmet dishes - Edit

Really good gourmet food, beautifully prepared. Many regional and organic ingredients.

Pros: superb taste, friendly staff, organic ingredients

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Vegan Gourmet Restaurant - Edit

The restaurant is probably the only Vegan Gourmet restaurant in Paris, which is fantastic.
The place is cozy and has a nice atmosphere to it.
It has a great location near the Bastille metro station.
It's open on week-ends, which is nice.
The plate presentation is gorgeous and the food is quite tasty even though sometimes it might a little too original.
Portions are small so you can easily have appetizer, main course and dessert.
Staff is nice but sometime you have to wait a long time between courses if the restaurant is full.
It's a bit expensive at night but you have a priced menu for lunch that is quite affordable.
Also the air ventilating is not great and your clothes might smell afterwards which is not great.
As a whole, very pleasant experience.

Pros: All vegan, Fancy, Good and Tasty

Cons: Expensive, Small portions , Ventilating not good

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made me cry - Edit

It was so good it made me cry.
Was glad I made reservations first.
Starter was Familiar but of good quality.
Main was great and dessert was so so so so good....
It is really a fancy place.

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SIMPLY THE BEST - Edit

Probably the first Vegan restaurant in PARIS, it is an example for us all ! After all those years, they keep surprising us with amazing seasonal menus ! So many flavors ! it is incredible ! But as always, we wish we could eat there more often !

Pros: tremendous food !

Cons: nothing ! Keep up the amazing work you're doing !

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Nice but a bit disappointed - Edit

Un peu déçue de ce restaurant, peut être à cause des autres commentaires très élogieux.
La nourriture est bonne mais pas transcendante, le dessert était le Purple, dont la crème était assez acide alors que le crumble était trop gras.
Et surtout, nous en avons eu pour 12 euros d'eau... Nous sommes en France donc je suis habituée à pouvoir avoir de l'eau gratuitement, j'ai donc trouvé cette pratique assez peu élégante surtout au prix de l'eau.
Je ne recommanderais pas.

Pros: Végane

Cons: Eau payante

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slick - Edit

The place to go if you have a date to impress or an occasion to celebrate. Tasty French and American-influenced food, beautifully presented.

Pros: Beautiful, Tasty

Cons: Expensive

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Vegan fine dining in a romantic setting with amazing food - Edit

Gentle Gourmet is my go-to for an unforgettable and spectacular fine dining experience. The ambiance of the restaurant is slightly upscale yet it retains an intimate feeling which is perfect for special dates and family gatherings. The dishes served in this restaurant are inspiring, beautiful and made with high quality ingredients. You can tell that there is a lot of emphasis in texture, flavors and presentation with all of their creations. The appetizers and main courses are all fantastic but I especially adored their faithful recreations of classic French desserts such as macarons and eclairs which are hard to find vegan elsewhere. Only inconvenient thing is you have to book in advance because they are always full and there is a time limit for your stay. Otherwise this place is a solid forerunner in the Parisian vegan gastronomical scene and a must visit if you are in Paris.

Pros: Delicious and inspiring food, Friendly staff, Relaxing and intimate atmosphere

Cons: Must reserve way ahead , Pricey

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Best vegan restaurant in Paris - Edit

Amazing food, super friendly and helpful staff, great ambience, very cozy. The best vegan restaurant in Paris at the moment

Updated from previous review on 2015-03-29

Pros: Food it's really good, Super friendly staff, Menu changes all the time

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Where I go for a romantic dinner - Edit

I like going to the Gentle Gourmet Cafe for great occasions and I am never disappointed, I also took a survival kit for my first Christmas as a vegan and it was delicious, thats why I chose to call on the Gentle team for my wedding.

It was absolutely perfect and delicious. The Italian-inspired buffet was very hearty, very well presented, very neat and very tasty, the team was adorable and attentive to the smallest detail, they offered us a high quality service. We were pampered until the end. All our guests were delighted, even the most reluctant toward veganism, and some even came to tell us that it was nice to eat well at a wedding for once and that they couldn't believe everything was plant-based!

In short, do not hesitate, go for a wedding or for an evening at the restaurant, I have absolutely nothing negative to say, thank you very much to the Gentle team to prove with each plate served that veganism is an ethical commitment that can perfectly rhyme with pleasure of the palate. Thank you also for participating in making this day truly unique and unforgettable!
See you very soon.

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Je vais de temps en temps manger au Gentle Gourmet Café pour les grandes occasions et je ne suis jamais déçue, j'ai également pris un kit de survie pour mon premier Noël en tant que végane et c'était délicieux c'est pourquoi j'ai choisi de faire appel à l'équipe du Gentle pour mon mariage.

C'était absolument parfait et délicieux. Le buffet d'inspiration italienne était très très copieux, très bien présenté, très soigné et très savoureux, l'équipe toujours adorable et attentive au moindre détail nous a offert un service de grande qualité. Nous avons été chouchoutés jusqu'à la fin. Tous nos invités étaient ravis, même les plus réticents face au véganisme et certains sont même venus nous dire que c'était chouette de bien manger à un mariage pour une fois et avaient du mal à croire qu'ils ne mangeaient que végétal...!

Bref, n'hésitez pas, foncez, que ce soit pour un mariage ou pour une soirée au restau, je n'ai absolument rien de négatif à dire, merci beaucoup à l'équipe du Gentle de prouver à chaque assiette servie que le véganisme est un engagement éthique qui peut tout à fait rimer avec plaisir du palais. Merci aussi d'avoir participé à rendre ce jour vraiment unique et inoubliable !
A bientôt très certainement.

Pros: Delicious fancy food, Very friendly staff, Quiet cosy place

Cons: Can't go everyday!

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Ambiance Gastro - Edit

Une ambiance feutrée et un esprit gastronomique !

Des plats sophistiqués et créatifs.

Le lieu vaut le détour pour ses desserts

Pros: Belle établissement, Une cuisine florale, Service de qualité

Cons: Un peu cher, Peu copieux

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Vegan Macarons - Edit

My friend and I unfortunately didn't have time to go through the full fine dining experience on our trip, but we did manage to drop by to pick up some vegan Macarons! As it is an upscale restaurant, we unfortunately weren't allowed to sit in for just dessert/coffee so we took ours to go and ate them by the river. The staff was very kind and helpful. We ended up taking 5 Macarons (1 of each flavor available) for €10.

The Macarons were nice! The texture/flavor of some of the flavors were a little wonky compared to what I can remember of regular macarons, but some of them were really spot on! Would definitely like to try out their dinner menu if I end up in Paris again.

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Not a good second experience - Edit

This is an updated review. After having such a wonderful experience the first time (see below), we couldn't wait to go back to Gentle Gourmet again on our next trip to Paris. Unfortunately, we were so disappointed this most recent visit that I really hope the night we went was a fluke! My husband and I couldn't really find anything on the menu we wanted to try, but we both settled on the tofu dish. When the dish came out, it was literally a huge slab of tofu with some type of dressing on top. It was so bland I could not finish it. I have no idea why they didn't marinate the tofu in the sauce, but it tasted like a vegan joke, tasteless and white. We also tried the white chocolate dessert which was so cold and hard, I'm guessing frozen from the freezer, we had trouble cutting into it. Overall, we felt like we essentially wasted $100 on a meal that probably cost them $10 to make and 1 minute to put together. With all the vegan restaurants popping up in Paris lately, I hope Gentle Gourmet steps it up, otherwise, I don't think it will be around much longer.


***Previous review***
This is literally the best vegan restaurant I have ever been to, and that's saying a lot since I live in one of the vegan meccas, NYC. Before our arrival in Paris, I made a reservation through email and quickly received a confirmation from the restaurant. Once we arrived, the staff was friendly and very helpful. They have both a French and English menu and our waiter was also fluent in both languages. We were given a table in the beautiful glass room.

I honestly can't remember what we ate (this review is very much overdue), but everything was incredible. By dessert time, we were more than full, but refused to leave Paris without trying a Gentle Gourmet sweet! Again, the desserts blew us away. They even had vegan canales!

Gentle Gourmet also does cooking retreats, I believe in the spring and summer. I follow them on FB and have also noticed that they started making vegan croissants! We're returning to France in May and will definitely be back to enjoy their amazing cuisine!

Updated from previous review on 2016-11-04

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Upscale vegan restaurant - Edit

Probably my favorite restaurant in Paris. It's a little pricy, but you won't be disappointed by the food, atmosphere, or presentation. I recommend making a reservation and asking to sit outside if the weather is nice :)

Updated from previous review on 2017-07-01

Pros: Food, Atmosphere

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Vegan fine dining - Edit

French fine dining meets veganism. Absolutely incredible food, just wish they were open on Mondays so I could go back again!

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Highly recommend! - Edit

Gorgeous presentation and it tastes even better! Love!

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Amazing dinner in Paris - Edit

Had a wonderful dinner. Even the most non-veg person in the party was impressed and satisfied. Excellent food, drinks and service

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Don't miss the Macaroons!! - Edit

My husband and I dined at the Gentle Gourmet back in January. Great service, food and atmosphere. It was probably the first upscale vegan restaurant I have ever experienced, and it opened my mind to the possibilities of vegan fine dining. We seem to have many fast food or fresh, quaint options, but it's nice to have the upscale restaurants to celebrate special occasions or bring friends....especially non-vegan friends who may be swayed towards a plant-based diet.

The presentation was beautiful with flower details, and special care to item placement. The food was innovative, creative and flavourful. The desserts were amazing and the service was great. I think the servers felt we had waited a little too long for our desserts, and brought us lattes free of charge...and topped up our sparkling water free of charge.

If you are in Paris and can't make it for dinner or a full meal, at least go for a macaroon. Easily the best dessert my husband and I have ever had.

Pros: Excellent food, Macaroons!, Great atmosphere and staff

Cons: Going through life without trying the macaroons...

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expensive food - bad service - Edit

one bad experience of service. expensive restaurant with wannabe gourmet taste and small servings. just disappointing!

Pros: all vegan, nice location

Cons: bad service, expensive food, small portions

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Parfait - Edit

Pour des anniversaires, et des occasions exceptionnelles, je viens ici. Je n'ai jamais été déçu, j'y amène des amis qui ne sont pas veganes et ils adorent.
C'est tout bonnement excellent, c'est agréable et chaleureux... c'est parfait, un de mes restaurants préférés.
Cependant un peu cher à mon goût.... mais bon c'est tellement bon

Pros: Énormément de plats Vegans délicieux

Cons: Cher

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Une très belle et très bonne adresse - Edit

Nous avons diné deux fois à Gentle Gourmet à l'occasion d'un anniversaire et d'un dîner en famille. Très bons moments à chaque fois, le cadre est sobre, les assiettes travaillées, le goût délicieux. Nous y étions avec des amis pas forcément vegeta*iens, ils étaient ravis :)

Pros: Carte restaurant gastronomique surprenante, ambiance relativement classe, le paradis pour les vegans

Cons: prix qui peu paraître un peu élevé

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Gourmet Began Food - Edit

Had a wonderful lunch here. Vegan food elevated to haute cuisine. Impeccable service.

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Great dining experience - Edit

I don't go to nicer restaurants like this often, but my overall experience here was great. I had a three course meal and the food was really tasty and the staff was really nice.

I saw a remark that the portions were small but I think that depends on the dishes because I found mine to be rather big. The food was a bit expensive but I think you got value for your money as the experience as a whole was great, regarding everything from food to service to atmosphere.

Pros: Excellent food, Friendly staff

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The best vegan meal in Paris - Edit

We went to Gentle Gourmet for lunch at my birthday and I guess I will remember this experience for a long time. The place is just beautiful, in a quiet location. We sat on the veranda, as it was not very busy at the time (Sunday, lunch time, Paris marathon going on ...). The whole lunch was a delight : the amuse-bouche, the starters, the main courses, the desserts ... they even put a candle on mine ... the waitress was so nice! We had an expensive white wine with our meal but it was amazing. At the end, I bought some macarons to bring back with me, and no one could believe they were vegan!! If you are in Paris for a special occasion and you can afford to "splash out" a bit, don't hesitate to book a table here!

Pros: Excellent gourmet food, Wonderful service

Cons: A bit pricey

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