Khatag

This past weekend some of our plans fell through. We didn’t get to dine at the places we intended to do so, and we didn’t make it to the Pompidou — twice now. We’re learning this tends to happen in Paris when you plan more than one thing for the day. This has happened to us a couple of times now because I forget we still have to deal with tourists and lines. The City of Light never seizes to have people visiting, so why do I forget? I think perhaps I’m already getting used to living here…

On Saturday we had spent most of our day in Les Halles and Marais, so the thought of trekking over to the 10th arrondissement for dinner was a little discouraging after we had been walking for most of the day. And the thought of dealing with the metro wasn’t appealing, either. We’ve managed for the last month to not take the metro; we’ve been walking everywhere and it’s not so bad; however, the thought of walking to the 10th for pizza didn’t sound so great since we had already built up an appetite. We could not wait any longer to eat.

Serendipitously, I spotted Khatag on rue Quincampoix, one of the streets that intersect with rue Rambuteau. Khatag is a Tibetan restaurant I had learned about online that had vegan options. They didn’t have a menu online, but since we were right there we took a look at their options. They had a spicy noodle dish that sparked our interest, and noodles sounded good at the moment we decided to give Khatag a try.

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It wasn’t too busy and one of the waitresses sat us down promptly. And when we ordered, I think our waitress was surprised by how little we were eating since Parisians order full course meals. But there was nothing else we could have or want besides the noodles. There were only four dishes we could have on their vast menu, so we had our vermicelli noodles and ordered a bowl of lychees for dessert. We ended up being full, and dinner was good, but their options were limited for us. We probably won’t go back by choice, but if we happen to be around and are in a crunch, we’ll go in for the same dish.

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Lucky for non-vegans there are plenty of food options to choose from. I saw what other diners had, and they seemed to enjoy their dishes. Our dish was pretty good in flavor, but a little too oily for our liking. It made us miss our favorite Tibetan restaurant in Seattle which had plenty of vegan options. That restaurant is called Annapurna if you’re in Seattle and want to give them a try. It’s a little hole-in-the-wall on Broadway, but don’t be fooled, they are busy and the wait can be long. And there’s a reason why there’s a line for the place: their food is spectacular, and you get a lot for the price. Check them out if you’re in Seattle and want Tibetan food.  If in Paris, Khatag isn’t bad, either. You may have better luck than we did.

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