Dining recs in Latin Quarter
We will be in an apartment on the Rue Mouffetard for a week in April. We're with two kids, so not looking for michelin stars, but good bistros and ethnic. Any recommendations will be appreciated.
Le Papilles at intersection of St. Jacques and Gay Lusac. Very kid friendly food, I would think.
"Ethnic" as in native to France? There are lots of recommendations already on the board for the 5, 6 and 7eme.
I agree with Mangeur, Papilles serves solid food, family style. Also close to Rue Mouffetard is Dans Les Landes (which I haven't yet tried), Des Vouges and Agrumes. For ethnic, there is AU P'tit Cahoua for decent Moroccan cuisine...just follow Mouffetard downhill until you reach Blvd. St. Marcel, take a left and it is about 2 blocks. there are also 2 decent brasseries at the bottom of the Mouffetard/St. Medard quarter; the rather upscale Marty and the more down to earth Canons des Gobelins, right at the Gobelins metro.
We had a good lunch this summer at Le Reminet and saw that they were very accommodating to a couple with small children.
Love rue Mouffetard! There's a lot of good take away food on that street, both in the shops and in the markets that you can carry back to your apartment for snacks or meals.
Rue Mouffetard is great for restaurants--you have several creperies which serve Breton-style pancakes. They're not awesome-awesome (the best of those in Paris are around Montparnasse, and they're still not the stuff you get in Brittany, but that's a bit far to go with two kids), but they're still pretty good.
There's a good Iranian (I think), near Place de la Contrescarpe. Called Kolbeh. Does very good meat skewers. Nearby is a nice Lebanese takeaway (can't remember the name at the moment, but just walk around the Place and you'll see it).
Nearby, you have a very good Vietnamese, Pho 67, 59 rue Galande (more towards Saint Michel); and a bunch more Vietnamese restaurants near Maubert-Mutualité that are decent if not absolutely great. There's also a small Vietnamese on Place de la Contrescarpe, near the Haagen-Daas, but I haven't tried it.
And I have fond memories of the food at Mirama, 17, rue Saint Jacques (it's a Chinese restaurant, and you should mostly stick to the soups on the menu), but I haven't been there in 15 years, so it's highly possible the cuisine has changed.
It's also been a while, 5 years or so, but I had a good Berbère meal at Les Délices de Kabylie, 28 rue de la Montagne Sainte Genevieve--not sure if it still exists. On the same street at number 9, you have Lhassa, which is a Tibetan restaurant with the cutest decor, and good food (by my standards--I don't really know much about Tibetan food, so beyond enjoying it I can't say more...).
The Latin Quarter is great for bistros, though stuff can be a little expensive due to touristy syndrome. I don't often do those, sorry, because I can have French food at home, so don't have any precise recs.
Last trip we happened upon a decent Indian restaurant rather by chance. Le Partage is just steps from the Maubert-Mutualité Metro stop. Small, but nicely decorated. A modest range of the typical Indian/Pakistani dishes that one typically sees in the U.S. The welcome was quite cordial and the service was excellent. The quality of the food was on par with the better Indian restaurants in Dallas, Texas (which in neither high praise, nor damning with faint praise). Very good, but not life altering.
The only problem seemed to be that despite the fact that the spoke excellent English, I couldn't quite get across to them that we wanted our dishes somewhat spicy. The professed understanding, but at least by the standards of the Indian places I frequent in Dallas and New York City, the food was only slightly spicy, bordering on bland.
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