Petit Paris – restaurant review

 

Petit Paris – restaurant review

Veg out

Now I know a French restaurant is not instinctively the first place you’d consider for a vegan meal out, but the Nottingham vegans Facebook group had first hand knowledge that things had changed in this Parisian establishment, Petit Paris on Kings Walk in Nottingham town centre

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So I ventured out on a blustery Friday evening to see for myself.   We were seated by the window and it was all so cosy.  I was immediately presented with a vegan menu, my other half stuck with the general one.

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The wine waiter came over to point out which of the drinks were also suitable, which was a nice touch.

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French bread with both butter and vegan spread was served, again another nice touch and we were left to make our choices

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I was amazing at the sound of all the dishes and genuinely confused as to what to have.  I opted for the Sri Lankan soup with coconut dumplings followed by the Moroccan and bean burger.  My other half loved the sound of the mushroom crostini from the vegan menu, followed by a chicken dish, with a side order of green beans.  We also ordered a glass each of the vegan pinot grigio

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Whilst we waited for our starter we munched on the tasty bread and watched the world go by.  Very swiftly our starters arrived and the smell coming from my soup bowl was mouth-watering.  It was the right side of spicy with lots of chunky well cooked veg and 3 delicious mini coconut dumplings.

My review is also available at https://www.nottinghampost.com/whats-on/food-drink/nottinghams-petit-paris-introduces-impressive-2675744

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The vegan crostini looked equally tasty and I was able to purloin a slice of the toasted bread with a highly flavoured mushroom pate, grilled mushroom, pea shoots and hummus.  Wow it was gorgeous and such a generous portion.

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We quaffed our chilled wine whilst we waited for the mains to make an appearance.   I was really pleased to see that my burger didn’t come in the usual carb heavy bread roll but between pitta bread, which had been smeared with guacamole, layered with thinly cut crunchy veg, then the small burgers and topped with pickled radish.  Served with more guacamole and sweet potato fries

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Again, it was just so tasty. Often bean burgers can be claggy but this was moist and full of flavour. The crunchy veg was a nice touch and the radish added an interesting flavour that was slightly fermented and possibly not to everyone’s taste, but I loved them.  The sweet potatoes fries didn’t let the side down either, they were thin and crispy and plentiful.

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I was reliably informed that the chicken supreme (served with fondant potatoes and a watercress sauce) was very tasty and moist too.

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We really didn’t have room for a pudding but I was determined to try one so we shared what was hopefully the lighter option: roasted pineapple, dark rum caramel and sorbet.  It was very well cooked,  not overly sweet and a fairly small portion, so we just about managed to finish it

 

Overall I was really impressed with the level of choice, the dishes themselves, the service offered by this long established restaurant and the value for money (starter and dessert £5.95 and Mains  £12.50).

As a vegan if you’re bored of pasta and pizza then pay a visit to Petit Paris and try food from all over the globe. You wont be disappointed.

Veg out – Pistachio

Veg out – Pistachio

The other day I drove up Carlton Road, near the bottom of the hill close to Sneinton Market and I spotted a new restaurant called Pistachio, serving modern Persian cuisine.  After checking them out on the Internet, my friend and I paid them a visit later that week. We arrived early (5.30) and were seated in an almost empty restaurant; fingers crossed it fills up.

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As we perused the menu, we noticed a sign saying ‘cash only’.  Oh no, we started counting our money and pooling resources.  Phew we’d have enough to share a starter and a mains each!

My review is also online at Nottinghamshire live https://www.nottinghampost.com/whats-on/food-drink/veggie-review-nottinghams-new-persian-1956310

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Our server, Orash who was also the owner said there was a free cash machine a few hundred metres away.  But be warned, cards (at the moment) are not accepted

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On to the food; the menu highlighted vegetarian options, but I didn’t know if they were also vegan.  The owner was able to swiftly set our minds at rest and pointed out the suitable dishes; at least a couple of starters and 3 of the mains courses were either vegan or could be made vegan by taking out yoghurt for instance.  We settled on aubergine and walnut dip to share as a starter, and then tangy & herby vegetarian stew and roasted aubergine and split pea vegetarian stew for mains

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In the meantime we were served tap water.  Our hot starter arrived and it was delicious and so flavoursome, and ample enough for two as it came with warm Persian bread.  It also has some nice textures thanks to the parsnip crisps and the crunchy toasted walnuts.  What a great start.

Our main courses were equally as generous.  The tangy stew was packed with red kidney beans (loads of low fat protein) and lots of herbs and spices that didn’t overpower the dish.  It also held a hidden ingredient: a pickled lemon, which was a tasty surprise. The accompanying rice made it nice and filling, although wholegrain rice would have been a healthier option.

The Aubergine stew had a really comforting texture and again the split peas added a decent amount of low fat protein.  The handful of dry and crispy chips sitting on top was another pleasant surprise. Both dishes were really tasty and packed with flavour they also looked very appetising.  The total bill was just shy of £25, well worth the money

This is a really lovely restaurant, the décor is bright and modern, the open kitchen allows you to see what’s going on and the staff are the right side of attentive.  And on a positive note by the time we left  well over half the tables were full of happy chatting customers

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As we were leaving the owner said they were considering putting on vegan only nights. So they could offer greater choice without the risk of cross contamination on the open grill.  We will definitely look out for that