|Press night at Cafe Pinson 2, from the outside looking in|
Pinson means "finch" en francais, so when I say another organic, plant-based restaurant has gotten its wings, I almost mean it literally. Cafe Pinson 1 opened just about a year ago in the Northern Marais and was successful enough that the team behind the 99-percent vegan cafe invested in a second location.
The new spot--which oozes a more rustic and homey vibe that its predecessor--sits on rue du Faubourg Poissoniere in an area fast becoming a vegan vortex; within a five-block radius, there are roughly six veg(etari)an dining spots to choose from, offering everything from meatless burgers to organic raw food.
On a dark and damp Wednesday night, I set out to meet up with good friend Terresa from La Cucina di Terresa for the cafe's inaugural press event. Terresa was already engaged in friendly banter with co-owner Damian when I arrived, but soon we were ensconsed on a comfy settee where we sipped, nibbled, and schmoozed our way to a better understanding of the Cafe Pinson experience.
|The best chef in Paris, Terresa Murphy, lifts un verre of bio bubbly|
|The crudite tray, wtih curried dipping sauce|
|More crudite. When are those sweet potato dumplings coming around?!|
|Little verrines of creamy vegetable soup were also passed round.|
|I spotted--and resisted temptation to dig into--a jar of pickled asparagus on a shelf.|
Natural wines are an exciting addition to the menu, which also includes such tempting delicacies as beet and parsnip veloute; potato and spinach cakes with kale pesto; pumpkin-mushroom risotto; and lemon tiramisu. Detox juices and retox swills (hello, coffee!) are also on tap.
|Cafe Pinson co-founder Agathe giving Parisian "smile."|
|The DJ was almost upstaged by the vegetable platter.|