Gentle Gourmet, Paris – Feb 2019

I decided to book a meal at Gentle Gourmet for our first night of our weekend in Paris on the recommendation of my insta friend nutri_wife.

Gentle Gourmet do a set dinner menu on Friday evenings and brunch at the weekend. The theme for this week’s menu was North-East Thailand.

Our amuse-bouche was a bamboo green curry. The sauce was quite thin and soup like. The broth was really flavourful but the bamboo didn’t really add much. I think this would have been better with a mix of vegetables.

The second course was a spicy papaya salad. Again I thought the papaya was lacking flavour, although it was very hot with chilli which I struggle with. My Husband also was not a fan of this dish and left half of his.

Our main was a grilled rice galette topped with grilled vegetables and breaded tempeh wedges. I loved the smokey taste of the grilled vegetables and the crispy tempeh was very filling but thought this dish could have done with a sauce.

I really enjoyed our dessert which contained a rice finger, like a baked breaded rice pudding with sesame seed oil ice cream and mango. Unfortunately my Husband wasn’t so keen but this just meant I got to eat the rest of his!

Overall I found this dinner a little disappointing which is a shame at €45 each, there was something a little off with each dish and nothing both of us absolutely loved. Maybe it was just this theme and other weeks we may have enjoyed the food more.

Have you visited Gentle Gourmet? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

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Gentle Gourmet, Paris – Feb 2019

A Vegan Asian Lunch and Dinner

Yesterday I’d planned to go for a Thai meal at lunchtime with my friend Shirley. We work on the same street so headed to the nearby Ekachai in Liverpool Street Arcade.

I love this restaurant and have been multiple times. Shirley loves Thailand and Thai food, it’s where she met her Husband while she was on holiday and they decided to head back there for their wedding last year.

Ekachai has great vegan options and have a few dishes containing tempeh which I haven’t seen on any other Thai menus.

To start I went for salt and pepper tofu which was lovely with the sweet chilli sauce. (Shirley helped herself to my raw chilli slices!)

For my main I chose my favourite, the Nyonya curry. This contains tempeh, green beans, tomatoes and new potatoes in a lovely sauce.

In the evening I was going to The Humane League London volunteers monthly work party at Imperial College so I decided to have dinner at Tombo a Japanese cafe and specialist in Sake and Matcha. (Tombo means dragonfly in Japanese). I’d seen this cafe on previous visits to the area so was interested to see whether they had vegan options. When I looked up the menu online I was pleased to see they had clearly marked vegan options so I decided to have the miso aubergine and tofu donburi. This dish was nicely flavoured although I feel like the tofu could have been crispier.

I look forward to trying their other options. I was pleased to see they had a vegan dessert option so I got the matcha cheesecake with an oat matcha latte to takeaway.

The cheesecake didn’t have a strong matcha flavour it was more lemony, but still delightful. The flowers didn’t add anything to the cake apart from looking pretty so I brushed them aside after trying a couple.

The matcha latte was divine. It’s so nice when you get a proper one compared to the chain coffee shop versions.

Do you enjoy Asian food as a vegan? What are your favourite dishes? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

A Vegan Asian Lunch and Dinner