This place is as obviously plantbased as it gets: In the 18th arrondissement of Paris, this cute restaurant with a charming interior – complete with loads plants hanging from the ceiling – serves wholesome, nourishing and colorful dishes to an eclectic mix of cool Parisians and in-the-know tourists. Abattoir Végétal is proof that Paris is opening up to veganism more and more. And that nutrient-packed plantbased food can tickle your tastebuds like nothing else.
Words & Photos_ Eric Mirbach
I really underestimated the time I would need to get from my hotel to this gem in the 18th district of Paris. I arrive late and cause a bit of chaos, as my table has been given away (naturally). But everybody here at Abattoir Végétal goes out of their way to make it possible for me to do what I came for: Experience their food and take a couple shots of one of the most photogenic vegan spots in the city.
I’m here to experience the food in
one of the most photogenic vegan spots in Paris
The place is packed. It’s the weekend and Abattoir Végétal is well known for their brunch offerings. I ask to be surprised, I want to taste what the staff thinks I definitely need to try. Accompanied by a freshly squeezed orange juice, the home made granola with fresh fruit arrives. It tastes sweet (but not the artificial kind of sweetness) and light.
Next up is a plate so colorful, I can’t decide what to try first. Grilled corn, homemade hummus, greens and grilled vegetables – Abattoir Végétal goes all out when it comes to proving that nutritional, healthy, plantbased and glutenfree food can tickle your tastebuds like nothing else if only prepared right. The satisfaction food like this brings surprises me over and over again. I feel nourished without being full, I don’t feel like I need a quick coffee fix or a desert to get my blood sugar up and help me out of the black hole a fast food feast of empty calories would have thrown me into.
Now if I would have come here during the week, a more hearty selection would have been part of the offerings. On weekdays, Abattoir Végétal serves savory tapas as well as a black bean burger and a dish called the “hotdog burrito”, which sounds just like my jam, so I will definitely have to come back and try it. I have, however, no doubt that these recipes, are made from a wholesome, nutrient-dense selection of ingredients as well and will have the same, nourishing effect as the brunch dishes I tried.
A wholesome, nutrient-dense selection
of ingredients that have a nourishing effect
After trying a bit of everything and after taking photos of both the food and the place, I sit down with chef Gloritta Raboga who tells me about her journey and her approach in the kitchen. Not that I had any doubts to begin with, but after chatting to Gloritta, I’m a 100% assured that Abattoir Végétal is a full-on plantbased hotspot on a mission – just our kind of establishment here at Vegan Good Life. We’ll definitely be back!
61 Rue Ramey