North African and Lebanese restaurants in Paris
Hi chowhounders on the France Board!
I have been browsing keenly on this board for my upcoming vacation in Paris and have a good number of reservations set up. I would love to eat some good couscous and lebanese food since they are not well represented in NYC and would appreciate suggestions. Chez Omar is probably the closest couscous place to the apartment in Marais which we are staying at and probably will be the default choice, but I heard very mixed reviews.
Help is appreciated!
I can't help it -- I like Chez Omar despite myself... I've eaten there a few times in the past few months and it is reliably bustly, noisy, hot, crowded, vibrant, spicy and fun. Touristy? Yes. But the food is good. I think it's worth a visit -- maybe it's not transcendent, but nor is it bank-breaking. Here are some thoughts and pics from my blog...
For Couscous, some good ideas include Wally, La table de Fes, l'Atlas, le 404.
For Lebanese, there are many options, Fakhr el Dine (rue de Longchamp) being one of the most fancy. My fav is probably Nai, faubourg Saint Honoré, almost place des Ternes. Of course a classic is the restaurant/traiteur Noura on av. Marceau et on bd. Montparnasse.
This is relevant to my interests as well. I've been to some pâtisseries orientales, the North African pastry shops. You can try the Pâtisserie du Sud Tunisien in the 5th. Inexpensive, nutty, sweet pastries.
I don't know much about restaurants but I am very curious about what this board thinks