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Gentle Gourmet, Bastille, Paris

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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La Chassagnette, Arles, France

In a word: Food Paradise.
Food: Organic, local, and seasonal all magically crafted into delicious fresh dishes.
Service: As it should be.
Presentation: Everything was effortlessly perfect.
Ambience: The tranquil natural setting balances the activity of this busy out of town restaurant.
Location: Out of town, set in a beautifully crafted barn in a certified organic kitchen garden.
Value for money: The quality and taste of the food will leave you with such beautiful memories that you won’t remember the bill!
Worth a visit?:  Absolutely, next time you find yourself anywhere near Arles, or indeed the South of France, this is a must!  But be sure to book in advance.

Set in a renovated and extended barn, it’s grounds a stunning working organic kitchen garden in the Camargue region of the South of France, 12kms from Arles.  It’s easy to see where chef Armand Arnal gets his inspiration, and his ingredients, for the menu at the restaurant, La Chassagnette.

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