Restaurant Soya in ParisSoya (Paris)

Since good vegetarian restaurants are still a rare thing in Paris, Soya is always packed! Even in the month of August, and even though it’s equipped with two large dining rooms (in two separate buildings, not the most practical set-up). In this sanctuary of organic vegetables, sprouted grains and lacto-fermented tofu, the almost entirely vegan menu allows you to sample all kinds of flavors: fabulous homemade hummus with dukkah (an Egyptian seed, nut and spice mix), vegetal tofu caviar and marinated vegetables for the mezze; wheat semolina or quinoa couscous, sprinkled with sprouts, cilantro, chives, hazelnuts, almonds and served with vegetables (pumpkin, turnips, peppers, carrots, strips of radishes) in an excellent and very flavorful tomato broth ; and a (non-vegan) chocolate lava cake or apple and pear crumble with agave syrup for dessert. To drink, there’s tea from Yogi Tea or Jardins de Gaïa, and L’Herbier de France infusions (€4 to €5 for a teapot), fresh fruit juice (apple-kiwi-mint-pineapple, €6.50) and Cairanne from Richaud (glass €5.40, bottle €27) for the vegan hedonists…. Set menu €15-22 (weekday lunch), à la carte €15-35 (dinner), brunch €28.50 (Saturday and Sunday). // H.S.P.

Getting there

Restaurant Soya
20, rue de la Pierre-Levée
TEL: +33 1 48 06 33 02
Subway: République, Goncourt, Parmentier