Although some people – packed with prejudices – still think vegetarian cuisine is boring, bland, and flavorless, then here is a new restaurant likely to make them change their minds about meat-free cuisine.
Set in a discreet former fire service station, soberly called La Caserne since the place has become a venue devoted to ecofriendly fashion, Ora is the vegetarian, ethic and festive canteen designed by Entourage Paris, already behind several bars and restaurants in the city.
Here, the watchword is easy: making vegetarian cuisine indulging and appealing, and showing it can be sexier than ever. To do so, chef Saayann has come up with a genuine culinary show. Every night, the Nice chef – self-taught between two trips to Asia – works vegetables directly on guests’ table, for a second shift to the music of live artists, or during the first shift, quieter and more confidential.
Tables are then covered in colorful and ephemeral works of art made of mash, roasted vegetable, or pickles. The chef adds a final touch to his edible creations by uplifting them with roasted seeds, virgin sauce, and a punchy condiment, and now, you can enjoy directly on the baking paper that will be removed then between starters, mains and desserts, to start it all again and not alter flavors to come.
The night we came, the unique and blind menu (€45 per person), very hearty, consisted in oeuf parfait, asparagus hummus and socca chips, revisited radish-butter for starters, then several colorful and very flavorful mains: Romanesco cabbage mash, onion, snow peas and spring onions; burrata topped with pistachio and beetroot pesto; sweet potato fries to dip in spicy mayonnaise; and grilled teriyaki cucumber.
For a beautiful finish, lemon cream, fresh clementines, grilled clementines and rosemary; white chocolate cookie with moka sauce and whipped cream, very cheeky. Respected, raw produces are seasonal, and as organic and local as possible, and yet, are prepared thoroughly: cooked, raw, glazed, mashed, used entirely to reduce waste and comply with the environment and offerings – for instance vegetable peels are transformed into chips.
At lunch and weekends, Ora is entirely transformed into an ethic canteen with traditional service. And it also serves an affordable brunch to enjoy on the wide terrace with friends or family. A restaurant that will definitively make you change your mind on vegetarian cuisine. Then, run and discover this new indulging place!
This test has been carried out as part of a business invitation. If your experience differs from ours, please let us know in the comments.
Dates and Opening Time
Starts 4 April 2022
12 Rue Philippe de Girard
75010 Paris 10
Menu du soir: €45