Paris is a famously crap place to be a vegetarian. Unless you fancy eating buckets of cheese for every meal, the humble vegetarian will spend the majority of the holiday nursing a bloated, sickly stomach.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Paris and all it’s museums, architecture and wine bars. But unlike most, I don’t go to Paris for its food.
Which I why, on my last trip, I was pleasantly surprised when I headed to Le Marais and ventured into a back street cafe-come-takeaway joint that sold what was claimed to be the best falafels in Paris. Quite a bold claim!
After spending the weekend gorging on endless cheese, a meal from L’As du Fallafel (the ace falafel) sounded wonderful….and it was.
It may come as no surprise that I love falafels. Many vegetarians do. They are hearty yet healthy comfort food. But there are so many soggy, tasteless impostors that claim to be falafel that are disappointing and bland. Many of the pre packaged falafels you get at main supermarkets, such as the cauldron brand taste like dry nuggets of saw dust. Good falafels should be crunchy on the outside, moist on the inside and you should be able to taste the cumin and herbs. L’As du Fallafel, makes them perfectly.
So, vegetarians, when you’re next in Paris and you’re fed up of being dragged to restaurants where the only thing you can have is bread, a side salad or the cheeseboard, head to Le Marais for the best falafel in town.