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Apr 15, 2011 12:59 AM

Northern Indian/Pakistani Paris

I have read the Indian messages from back in January, however, I did not see too much posted for Northern Indian/Pakistani...outstanding...cuisine.

I have many Pakistani friends from the SF bay area and have eaten in their homes, as well as, some outstanding bay area restaurants (in which one thinks one is in the middle of Karachi). (Shalimar)

Is there any, really, authentic Indian or Pakistani restaurants in Paris? My child and I crave it greatly as our small city in Germany only has one, lukewarm, restaurant. We have found good Northern Indian in: Strasbourg, Berlin, and Garmisch.

Sorry if this is redundant. I read the boards and saw much re southern Indian and Vegetarian, but not much about Northern Indian.

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  1. I may be shouted down by people living in Paris, but I imagine your search will be fruitless. It is difficult enough to find "authentic" Northern Indian and Pakistani food in Britain, where there are large numbers of people from that part of Asia. There are not many Indian/Pakistani restaurants in France anyway, but most, if not all, of those that are will have been adapted to French tastes.

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    1. re: Theresa

      I agree. The few decent North Indian/Pakistani restaurants there used to be in Paris have disappeared. Now there are many but they're all more or less bad.
      I don't even think that they have adapted their food to French tastes, they did not have to go that far - I think they just don't cook well at all.

      1. re: Ptipois

        I agree. Imagine trying to find an authentic sud-ouest French restaurant in Lahore. With real pommes salardaises.

        1. re: Ptipois

          I go to Sheezhan on the rue du Fbg St Denis. No booze, bomb factory chic, service with a scowl, but the best of a bad bunch. I get the dahl and the lamb tandoori The nan's good too.

          1. re: vielleanglaise

            "bomb factory chic"

            GĂ©ant ! J'y cours.

            1. re: vielleanglaise

              Oh yes that's right, I had forgotten about the neon-lit, pouty-serviced Pakistani canteens along the Faubourg (some in passage du Prado, more up towards La Chapelle).

              I was focusing on the sugary-decorated places with names like Annapurna or Palais de Jaipur or Jardin Moghol (so many names, only one kitchen) that you find all over town.

              The canteens are actually far better than the fancier-looking ones. Some of them also carry some mean milk-based pastries.