Sunday, 2 February 2014

MOB Paris

I never thought I'd see the day I preferred a bunless burger over a bunned burger, but it has arrived.

Long story short: MOB is a new(ish) all-vegan Parisian fast food joint. It's good but too sweet and too soft and too expensive.

This is the California Governor burger or something. It's €6.50 and is made up of a tasty, seitany, smoky burger patty topped with avocado slices and caramelised onions. The bun is kind of sweet and kind of soft. This burger has good flavour but poor texture. Where is the crunch? How can a burger be served without either gherkins or crispy lettuce? Who thinks that is ok?

This is the hotdog. Again, the meaty part itself is tasty, but the texture of the sausage is too soft. There is some crunch here though, provided by white cabbage described as sauerkraut, but which I think is just chopped up white cabbage. The big problem with this hotdog is the relish it's drowned in (the red stuff in the photo there). It's sweeter than jam. Oh, and the hotdog costs €8 before you even think about chips and drinks and stuff. €8.

Now, about that bunless burger. The standard burger + bun combo costs €4. For €6 you can swap your bun for a couple of leaves of napa cabbage. I don't know why this costs €2 but it's worth it because you finally get a burger with crunch to it. Thank god. You also get plenty of garlicky aïoli for extra taste. Here it is:

The chap (boss-like) who took our order explained all the dishes to us, and described this napa burger as being 'zero calorie' because of the cabbage. With no hint of a smile. I don't think he knows what a calorie is.

These chips aren't wrapped in cabbage, so they do contain calories. They're good. This is the XL portion, which my friend and I shared. A sound bite from my friend: "the chips are good".

MOB Paris is located in the Cité de la Mode et du Design, a great big green caterpillar on the banks of the Seine in the 13th. It feels a bit like Paris's attempt at some kind of funky Friedrichshein set-up. That's fine. There's a rooftop bar in summer, stuff like that. Funky.

MOB Paris
Cité de la Mode et du Design
34 Quai d'Austerlitz
Métro: Quai de la Gare (line 6) or Austerlitz (line 5).

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Un Monde Vegan - Paris's vegan supermarket

It's actually more of a mini-market, but I'm certainly not complaining. Un Monde Vegan ('a vegan world') had been operating online for a few years before opening a shop here in Paris.

The online business is still going strong, and you can order pretty much any vegan essentials and treats via them if you're elsewhere in France. In my experience, they send your food delights quickly, safely, and coolly.

Back to the vegan supermarket in Paris. It's very conveniently located (for me at least) near République (lines 3, 5, 8,  9, 11).

The selection of vegan speciality products is out of this world. It's almost as good as that huge Union Square Whole Foods I went wild in when I was in New York. Un Monde Vegan stocks a huge selection of vegan cheeses, sausages, sandwich slices, ice creams, burgers, nuggets, mayonnaise, milks, spreads, chocolates, flours, and you get the gist. They even carry the elusive liquid smoke I've been making my friends smuggle back from the US with them for years.

Here's a fairly typical haul for your viewing pleasure. That Wilmersburger cheese didn't last long, I can tell you:

Un Monde Vegan
64 Rue Notre Dame de Nazareth
Métro: République (lines 3, 5, 8, 9, 11) or Strasbourg St Denis (lines 4, 8, 9)


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