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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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St Balmain, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

HONESTLY’S VERDICT
In a word:  Hip
Food:  Freshly prepared brunch & lunch dishes, erring on the side of healthy…well, apart from the DIY donuts!
Service:  Cheery & attentive
Presentation:  White and blue enamelled tableware, funky mismatched decor
Ambience:   Buzzy little place
Location:  Side street off in the heart of Williamsburg, the Shoreditch of NY
Value for money:  Great, with menu items between $7.50 and $15 (£5 – £10), then add a tip of somewhere between 10% & 20%
Worth a visit?:  Definitely, I’ll certainly be popping back for the Brookes Breakfast Bowl when we’re next in NYC

We found this place thanks to the wonders of Four Square.  I’m always a bit sceptical of eateries my husband suggest, but on this occasion(!), he came up trumps and St. Balmain turned into my favourite place for food during our short stay in Williamsburg; consistently good food, prices great, easy to find – i’ll definitely make the effort again, if only for my Brookes Breakfast Bowl.

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The Skip Garden, Kings Cross, London

HONESTLY’S VERDICT
In a word:  Enterprising
Food: Proper local, home grown, home cooked, rustic and full of flavour
Service:  Unobtrusive
Presentation:  Urban rustic, with skips! 
Ambience:  A little garden oasis
Location: Just take a stroll around the back of the King’s Cross station
Value for money:  Good, with profits going back into the initiative
Worth a visit?:  Get down there to support an awesome initiative and chow down on truly local fare!

The Skip Garden in Kings Cross regeneration area is a community gardening initiative that serves home grown, home made food from their onsite kitchen, the Hatch Café. The Skip Garden is an organic gardening initiative by Global Generation, a charity focused on skilling up youngsters by encouraging the values: I, We, The Planet; the development of the sense of self, of building community engagement, and taking a global perspective.

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