Gluten Free in Paris

Old Jun 13th, 2013, 11:55 AM
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We were disappointed to discover when we walked down Rue Lepic in Montmartre that Des Si et Des Mets has closed. I could find no explanation, just confirmation, when I searched the internet.

Fortunately, our favourite Montmartre Restaurant, Le Sagiattaire, is still open and still sympathetic to Celiacs. The menu has been modified to reflect the economic times and two courses with one quarter litre of wine and coffee are now offered for a bargain 21 euros! My favourite entre is the duck confit. The parents of the owner live in the Dordogne so he has expert assistance with duck confit and fois gras, available on the 34 euro, three course with half a litre of wine and coffee menu or with a supplement on the two course one. Ils Flottantes is offered for dessert so I chose that rather than a starter!

Le Sagittaire, 77 Rue Lamarck, Paris 75018, Tel. 01 42 55 17 40

Sun-Mon. Closed
Tue-Fri. 12–2pm, 7–10pm
Sat 12–2pm, 7–11pm

Metro: Lamark Caulaincourt

Sadly, the original owners of Le Reminet sold this popular restaurant across the Seine from Notre Dame, resulting in recent less than favourable reviews. However, they opened a new, larger restaurant, Le Sâotico, that caters to people with dietary restrictions. It's not open for lunch and dinner for two with wine runs in the 100 euro range but reviews are glowing.

Le Sâotico, 96 rue Richelieu, Paris 75002, Tel. 01-42-96-03-20

Metro: Bourse or Richelieu-Drouot
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Old Jun 16th, 2013, 07:50 AM
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My husband saw a Paris report on CNN and suggested that we visit Belleville, a colourful section of Paris that isn't mentioned in most guidebooks. It was drizzly but this didn't stop us from finding the house at 72 rue Belleville with a plaque in honour of Edith Piaf who was allegedly born under a lamp post on this street. On another street, where Piaf and Maurice Chevalier performed in cabarets, artists use the walls to paint murals. Even the trucks in the area are covered in graffiti!

We had lunch at Helmut Newcake, the completely gluten free bakery near the Canal St. Martin. Different lunch specials are offered each day. We had a choice between two pizzas - one with mushrooms and goat cheese and the other with tomatoes, ham and cheese - and a rice dish with "viande hache" and vegetables. My husband and I each chose different pizzas and both were excellent but I especially loved my "cream of mushroom" one. They came in bowls with some greens and vinaigrette for 7.50 euros. I also bought a package of two large chocolate chip cookies for three euros to have later. I was hoping to buy bread as well but saw only pastries in the display case, all very appealing, however.

We walked to the canal afterwards but the rain got heavier and the wind started playing tricks with our umbrellas so we scurried to the nearby Republique Metro Station and had tea back at our apartment, with GF cookies pour moi!

Helmut Newcake, 36 rue Bichat, Paris 75010, Tel. 09 82 59 00 39

Metro: Republique, Goncourt or Jacques Bensergent

Another new gluten free restaurant has also opened, Noglu(ten), but we didn't have time to return to that area to try it. If only we had known about it earlier! The reviews are mixed but there's enough raves to make it promising. Like Le Sâotico, it's more expensive but also, like Helmut Newcake, it's fine for non-Celiacs as well.

Noglu, 16, passage des Panoramas, Paris 75002, Tel. 01 40 26 41 24

Metro: Grands Boulevards
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Old Jun 16th, 2013, 09:00 AM
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THanks, moolyn. Great to know. I've been seeing many more gluten-free items on grocery shelves. You just have to watch for too many sugar calories.
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