Baked Phyllo Rolls

Gentle Gourmet, Bastille, Paris

HONESTLY’S VERDICT
In a word: Génial!
Food:  Beautifully presented gourmet-style vegan, veggie and raw dishes, full of flavour and where possible organic ingredients
Service:  Attentive, friendly and great English
Presentation:  The restaurant itself isn’t going to win any style awards, the food on the other hand looks fantastic
Ambience:  The Saturday lunch time vibe was pretty laid back
Location:   A short walk from Bastille metro stop in the centre of Paris
Value for money:  This is beautiful food, well worth the €30 a head for a two course meal without booze
Worth a visit?:  When in Paris and seeking good vegetarian and vegan food, this has to be on your must-eat list

Gentle Gourmet came to my attention whilst searching for vegan restaurants for our weekend break in Paris, Fat Gay VeganVegan Miam and Hey Rita all mention this great little find.

Located just down from Bastille Metro, Gentle Gourmet is somewhere you go for the food and the food alone; the restaurant decor and the views I found rather uninspiring, especially on a grey and cold January day.  And people definitely do go for the food so I’d recommend phoning in advance to book yourself a table at Gentle Gourmet as it gets busy at the weekend, especially for Sunday brunch.

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Urban Bistro, Dubai Media City, Dubai

HONESTLY’S VERDICT
In a word:  Classic
Food:  Great variety, portion size, classic dishes done very well and healthy options.  I’d definitely recommend a visit to sample breakfast Urban Bistro-style
Service:  Not bad, not amazing
Presentation:  Nice interiors with plenty of stuff to look at; the view, books & magazines, jars of cookies, bowls of salads, people and unpretentious food presentation
Ambience:  Busy with the work crowd for lunch, otherwise you’ll find it chilled and the perfect place to linger
Location:  Fab for Media City workers; probably the best location in DMC in terms of views.  Also perfect for Marina residents who are bored with the standard offerings on The Walk or Marina Mall
Value for money:  Very much so
Worth a visit?:  Definitely, it’s one of those places that has become a regular haunt because they’ve got the formula right: food, price and service

Urban Bistro has become a regular haunt and the reasons we go back time and time again is they have the formula right: they serve good-quality, healthy food, generous portion sizes, a variety of dishes from breakfast through to evening, plus, it’s reasonably priced.  A rarity to find such a combination in Dubai.

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