While I don’t adhere to a vegetarian or vegan diet, I do enjoy trying niche restaurants, especially those that claim to use only seasonal, organic ingredients. Recently a Facebook friend had piqued my interest with an article on a vegan restaurant in Nice that had received some press, so when Edouard’s coworkers happened to propose Paper Plane, a vegetarian restaurant for lunch, I was interested to see how it was.
When thinking of French cuisine what comes to mind is the primary role butter, cream, eggs, cheese and meat play in this country’s repertoire. Sure the French can do vegan, but can they do it well?
The owners of Paper Plane believe that you can indeed enjoy delicious, gourmet food without the use of animal products. While they’re mainly vegetarian, they do offer vegan options and where possible, all products are certified organic. In France Bio (for Agriculture Biologique) refers to what we call organic. They hand press all of their juices and smoothies in house and even offer local bio wine and beer (rosé anyone?).
I ordered the Caponata Sicilienne – sautéed eggplant, tomatoes, olives, celery, pine nuts, capers, basil and rice which was served warm and very flavorful. Edouard got the Spaghetti de courgette as a starter – cold spaghetti squash with zucchini and yellow squash with grated almonds, olive oil and lemon juice. His main was the Crumble d’eté which was a savory baked vegetable dish (not too dissimilar from the caponata) with a crunchy seed crust.
We ended with the chocolate coconut cake which was incredibly moist despite its crumbly appearance, however it lacked the sweetness and chocolatey-ness to quiet my sweet tooth. All in all our meal was light, fresh and filling. I’ve heard they do a great brunch so I’m sure we’ll be back!
14 rue Gubernatis, 06000 Nice, France
- Tuesday–Friday: 10am–3:30pm
- Saturday: 10am–4pm
- Sunday (October–May only): 11am–3:30 (Brunch)