I’ve been meaning to write about Le Bichat for months now, but the problem is every time I go there I wolf down my food so fast that I barely have time to take a decent picture for a blog post. I literally forced myself to slow down and get the camera out this time to write this review for you.
Le Bichat is a family-run organic café that is conveniently located by the Canal Saint Martin in the Republique neighbourhood of Paris. With its communal tables, mix-matched furniture and cosy pillow-thrown mezzanine, the vibe is slightly hippy, relaxed local and homemade. Le Bichat caters for all types, vegans included, with their hearty mixed bowls, which generally include a combination of cooked squash, raw veg, seeds and dressing, with added non-vegan options including eggs, chicken, mackerel and pork aplenty. The vegetables are switched on a daily basis, so you’ll never get bored of the changing menu. They also do desserts, primarily cakes, of which I had the vegan / gluten free option. To drink, there’s organic wine and beer, homemade lemonade, freshly squeezed orange juice and a selection of natural teas. With bowls starting at €7 to €8 and €2.50 for a glass of red, you really can’t complain about the price either.
My last bowl was crazy delish, with a combination of rice, cooked butternut squash and carrots, mushy peas, sautéd red and raw white cabbage, raw apple, fresh herbs and roasted sesame seeds. The combination of tastes and textures was spot on.
The service is quick and you get to watch your bowl being made in front of you. A quick peek into their kitchen led me to discover that they marinade and preserve their ingredients in jars, as not to waste food. I’m no meat eater, but the marinaded chicken thighs looked wholesome and delicious.
If it’s a cosy dinner for two that you’re after, their mezzanine is the perfect spot for it. If not, then grab your bowl, take a seat on the terrace and soak in the sunshine!
You can find Le Bichat at 11 rue rue bichat, 7510 Paris. The nearest metros are Republique and Goncourt. They’re conveniently open from 9h to 23h, which is a pretty long stretch of a day. For more info, check out their website, here.