You might ask, why did I miss another day? That was because of the return journey home. But today, I visited a special place, a restaurant, in Paris, that uses edible insects! This is the story of the Restaurant Inoveat.
First, let me tell you a bit about the chef Laurent VEYET, a home chef. He was first contacted by some people to create recipes containing insects, at first, he refused, but after some insistence on their behalf and some thought and a bit of research about it himself, he decided to give it a try. Sadly, that project never came to life. But Laurent wanted more, he advocates for eco-friendly cuisine, so insects were of course a naturel choice. More so, when he started as a home chef, everyone told him he would fail, and frankly at times, he believed so too, but with edible insects, Laurent is entirely sure of the outcome, and knows it’s only a matter of time before entomophagy becomes mainstream. He is still a home chef, and he gives pastries lessons, but he hopes one day soon he’ll be able to dedicate his time to insects.
Sadly, the restaurant isn’t always open, as it would probably be a failure, people just don’t go into a restaurant serving bugs, nowadays do they? Or at least not enough for it to be profitable. That’s why the Restaurant Inoveat is open on reservation only. So, I didn’t have the chance to taste their menu, but I had the luck to try out their samples they offer to passersby, a variety of flavoured and natural dried insects from their partner Micronutris.
Also, as some of you might know, France is in a legislative grey area regarding edible insects. They are “sort of” authorised as novel foods since January 2018, but won’t be entirely legal until June 2019, so we’re still not there yet. Even if they aren’t afraid for their business, these laws have set back many insect farmers and forced a lot of businesses to close, which explains why you can’t find any other restaurants offering the same services.
If you’re ever in Paris, I do recommend you stop by the Restaurant Inoveat, and if you’re lucky enough to have dinner there, please tell me about it! You can find them at their website: here. And, if you go there, you can try out their quiz, which even got me, I can say I learned something today.
Now that you know a bit more about the restaurant, I can tell you about their products. They are partners with Micronutris, an insect farm based in France and have decided to use and sell exclusively their products. I have tried the dried insects today, but I bought myself a couple of gifts so I can try them later on too, but that’s a surprise, you’ll know more about that soon.
As you might know by now, dehydrated bugs are clearly not my favourite, although I did appreciate the “Garden-Party” box. It consists of dried mealworms and crickets flavoured with vegetables! And yes, usually I’d say I’m not the biggest vegetable fan, but they were suprisingly interesting.
It might seem tedious to rate all of their products in one article, so I’m just going to rate one. On a scale from 1 to 10:
- The Garden-Party flavoured Mealworms and Crickets get a 6/10. That is mostly because I have come to try a variety of products that are better than plain and dried bugs, in my opinion of course. Although it is a good way to raise awareness and help people accept insect-based products, once they’ve eaten a whole insect, what’s to stop them eating products with cricket flour for example? The Garden-Party taste was good enough to stay on the high end of the scale, I can’t wait to try their other products that are really appealing.
I hope you’ll find the time to stop by the Restaurant Inoveat one day, and get there before it becomes crowded and mainstream!
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