Vegetarian visitors to Paris can get a guide to restaurants with meatless meals


August 15, 1993|By New York Times News Service

Q: I've heard that Paris has vegetarian restaurants and even a bakery that makes whole-grain bread.

For the vegetarian eating out in Paris and its close-in suburbs, a basic resource is the 200-page "Paris Bio" by Benoit and Anne-Helene Lafleche Braschi. The book provides not only a commentary on each of 37 restaurants but also a list of health food stores and organic street markets. Places mentioned include:

* Country Life, 6 Rue Daunou in the Second Arrondissement (across the street from Harry's Bar); The largest and busiest restaurant of its kind, it offers a choice of two large buffets -- a salad bar or hot vegetarian dishes -- at the set price of $10.60, calculated at 5.86 francs to the dollar.

* Aquarius, 54 Rue Ste.-Croix de la Bretonnerie in the Fourth Arrondissement; At this, one of the oldest vegetarian restaurants, diners sit on benches set up at long wooden tables. The 53-franc ($9) menu comprises the plat du jour (say, a vegetable pie or an omelet) and choice of a yogurt or compote. A beverage is extra: carrot juice, for example, is $3.10 a glass.

* Le Jardin, 100 Rue du Bac in the Seventh Arrondissement; Once completely vegetarian, Le Jardin now serves a menu of fish dishes (terrine de poisson and sole on a recent day). You can expect to spend just under $17.

* Calypso, 4 Boulevard Jules Ferry in the 11th Arrondissement; Around the corner from a major youth hostel, Calypso attracts young backpackers and rail-pass travelers. The plat du jour (for example, a vegetable pie and crudites) is $6.80. Note the early closing time: 9 p.m. As for whole-grain bread, Paris Bio recommends Les Fines Herbes at 38 Rue Nollet in the 17th Arrondissement;

"Paris Bio," published by Editions La Couee Gargault, is widely available in France, and sells for $13.65.

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