The sterotypical Frenchman is cycling along with a stripy jumper and a baguette under his arm. Whilst those on a gluten free diet can still ride a bike and wear the jumpers, the French obsession with Pastries does appear a problem at first sight. Hopefully with us this doesn't have to be the case.
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Des Si et des Mets
Montmartre, Paris View On Map
Des si et des mets is a completely gluten-free restaurant half way up the hill of Montmartre. We chose this restaurant because one of our party is coeliac and it is very difficult to get safe gluten-free food in France, especially if you don't speak fluent French.
The service was charming and the food delicious. The two non-coeliacs enjoyed it just as much as the one who needed gluten-free and said that they would never have realised that the food was gluten-free if they hadn't been told. The waitresses were busy, but very friendly and efficient.
The three-course set menu which costs 26 Euros per person, includes lots of home-made bread and desserts as well as tea or coffee, but items can be ordered separately if you don't want so much. A few items incur a small supplement - e.g. 2 Euros for a wonderful cheesecake. The menu is available in English and probably several other languages as well as French.
Our hotel reception rang to make a reservation. They were told that as two large parties were expected that evening, the restaurant couldn't guarantee a table for us, but if we liked to call about 7.30 perhaps they could fit us in. We went a little early and were given a table and served immediately.