Les Amants du Marche

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 11 reviews )

1 rue Bourbaki (at Place Foirail), Pau, France, 64800

Organic restaurant located in the north of Pau. Offer creative meals with vegan options prepared using local produce. Drinks menu includes fresh fruit and vegetable juices, beer, cider, wine from local organic family farms, aperitif, tea, and coffee. The atmosphere is pleasant. Reservation suggested for dinner. Change of owners since 2013. Open Tue-Sat 12:00pm-2:00pm, 7:30pm-10:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Organic, Western, Juice bar, Beer/Wine, French

11 Reviews

First Review by RayLil

Great little place - Edit

Booked here for a birthday lunch and we weren’t disappointed. One vegan, one vegetarian and one lactose intolerant and we all enjoyed the daily special, which was a plate full of many different things to try. There’s a friendly, relaxed atmosphere and as a bonus they speak English! 😊

Pros: Good price for the set lunch menu, Friendly and personal

Cons: It’s a small restaurant, so may need to book

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A real pleasure to be able to eat anything from the menu! - Edit

Most restaurants in France will accommodate vegans or at the very least vegetarians. Albeit often the choice is limited to just one item from the menu and then even that has to be modified.

So it is a real pleasure to eat health-improving meals with any and indeed all choices from the menu!

Many if not post people in the world assume they are eating "healthy" food. But they do so largely from a position of ignorance cowered by the deluge of marketing from the meat and dairy industry.

No so here. Underpinned by organic produce the healthful qualities go much beyond that. A whole-food plant based diet is at its best when "varied" comes to the fore, and so it did today. Whether it was the odd pomegranate seed or the slice of melon or the tang of zesty orange. Whatever the native flavours were able to speak for themselves.

My one niggle was the salad on one dish had oil on it, and as a low-oil advocate that will never compare with a salad bursting with freshness. But that is small when compared with the ability to enjoy beetroot curry, a real first!

Pros: life-supporting food throughout

Cons: some necessary and unwarranted oil on the salad

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Amazing place - Edit

The food's incredible! We can eat vegan (and gluten-free) just by precising it to the waitress to be sure. (Because they sometimes use honey, for example)
The owners are super nice and warmful. I recommand this restaurant to everyone!

Pros: Lots of vegan options and gluten-free options as w

Cons: The place is a bit cold on winter!!

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charming restaurant - Edit

excellent food, warm ambience!

Pros: perfect for vegans also

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Excellent restaurant, frais goutu et copieux! - Edit

Restaurant decouvert Ce soir Avec mom frere et ma belle-soeur, tous deux omni et conquis par la cuisine du chef! Nous avons pris le menu complet (entree-plat-dessert) et sommes repartis repus et satisfaits. Delicieuse soupe de lentille basilic et crumble au kamut, farine de chanvre et carotte en entree, suivi de brick au pois-chich sur polenta aux tomates sechées, roulés aubergines-bettetaves et cake au lentille et garam-masala, puis galette champignons haricot rouge et noisette sauce tomate-pruneaux pour suivre. Une bonne biere au chanvre pour faire passer le tout, et enfin de superbes truffes et une magnifique tarte peche-canneberge (Avec farine de riz et d'amande) pour la touche sucrée.
Une reussite, nous reviendrons!

Pros: accueil chaleureux, produits frais, portions genereuses

Cons: -

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very impressive - Edit

We had a very enjoyable evening meal here tonight. Great selection of creative vegetarian food, well prepared and presented and at E22 was good value.
How refreshing to find a quality veg place in France and not having to worry about not ordering animal gizzards by accident due to a lack of the local language. Even though the waitress spoke perfect English it was not required!

Pros: great food, creative ideas, good atmosphere

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Dissapointed - Edit

Registered on happy cow specially to write a review about this place.
I was very excited to visit it, since there is not a lot of choice of vegan/vegetarian meals in Pau.
Very disappointed! I was first in the restaurant, came before they started to serve lunch and was served the last one. I did speak English and the stuff was English spoken, which was a nice surprise.
Ended up switching from dining in to take-away, because it took them forever to bring me my food. At the end, waiter used it as an excuse for serving me later, because they had to switch my lunch from the plate to the box. All other 5 tables who came 10-20 mins after me were served on time and almost finished their food.
Poor poor customer service or no customer service at all. I worked at the restaurant and know that things happen, my order might have been put at last (all though other tables ordered the same and got their food). Have guts to apologize at least! Don't blame it on me or somebody else. I know places which would suggest free dessert and do everything for customer to come back.
Sadly, I won't come back to this place during our stay in Pau, neither will I bring my husband or my friends to eat there.

As for a food, I did have a vegetable soup and the portion was generous.
Updated from previous review on Wednesday December 03, 2014

Pros: English-spoken stuff., Organic

Cons: Slow

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Very fine and mainly vegan cuisine - Edit

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

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Finest vegan food around - Edit

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

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nice - Edit

nice place.

not too much choice, only one for vegan but veganism is possible which is not frequent in france!

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good food, to bad the staff is SERIOUS ! - Edit

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

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RayLil 07 Nov 2013 - 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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