For a long time, vegetarian options in Paris were the same as vegetarian options in 1970s Britain. Over the past couple of years, that's changed a lot. The move away from spirulina-walnut roasts and undressed side salads is continued by the newest arrival, East Side Burgers. This very modern place opened up in October, as Paris' only vegetarian burger joint. I finally managed to try it out yesterday. It's great.
There's a rotation of four different burgers, three of which come in vegan versions. Check out their facebook page for each day's burgers and other news. I had the Forestier - a tofu-based mushroom burger with lettuce, tomato, fried onions, and - get this - a vegan cheese slice. Good old Tofutti.
Everything is made to order and cooked properly, including a perfectly toasted bun. My omnivorous dining partner really enjoyed his Fromager burger too (the only one that's not available vegan style). The chips are amazingly good. I care a lot about the quality of chips.
A burger on its own costs around €6, and there's a good meal deal which includes a burger, a choice between chips and coleslaw (not vegan), and a drink for a very reasonable €9. There are even vegan quiches. I need to try a hotdog next time. There are sweet treats too, including two vegan options: cookies and cake slices.
The place itself is lovely: cosy, clean, modern, and run by super friendly staff. As well as a couple of tables outside, there's a nice downstairs eating area where you can help yourself to a good selection of sauces including American mustard. Everything is available to take away.
East Side Burgers
60 Boulevard Voltaire, 75011 (map)
Métro: St Ambroise (line 9), Richard Lenoir (line 5), or St Sébastien Froissart (line 8).
Closed Sunday and Monday. Open 12-6pm (12-8pm on Friday and Saturday)