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Aug 6, 2012 07:31 AM

cheap lunch near BNF-Richelieu (1e arro)

This is probably going to solicit only the sound of crickets, but I'm looking for suggestions for inexpensive, non-sit down lunches near the BNF-Richelieu in the 1st arrondissement. Price absolutely must be under 10€, preferably significantly way under.

I know that sounds like an impossible criteria, but the one good thing is that I'm willing to travel a bit on my bike to get something. For example, when I work at the BNF-Mitterand in the 13e, I have no problem going to Olympiades to grab a delicious banh mi and some sort of Vietnamese baked good. In fact this is a PERFECT lunch for me, and I'm trying to find something remotely similar in the vicinity of the Richelieu site. Doesn't have to be Vietnamese/Asian, though I am more easily excited by "cuisine d'ailleurs" than a French sandwiche. Right now, the only thing I know that remotely fits the bill is K-Mart, though I find that a bit pricey.

Thoughts? Would be happy even for a good lahmajun/kebab place...

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  1. the japanese noodle places on rue Ste Anne
    Also roast chicken and other market stuff at the place de la Bourse biweekly market, tues and fri afternoons.
    Btw, when you work at the other BNF and go to eat at Olympiades, it is not a preferance, it is a necessity or you starve to death.

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    1. re: Parigi

      Thanks for the tips, O font of Paris knowledge! I know the Ste Anne places, but I'll check out the market for sure.

      Though I have to say, as a former NYer who worked in Chinatown for years and who grew up going to Vietnamese malls in Fall Church, VA, Olympiades is both a necessity AND a preference. :)

      1. re: Parigi

        Especially Kunitoraya for udon with lunch special.

      2. If you can stretch to rue Montorguiel, Pizza Rustica serves not only a dozen kinds of cut-to-order pizza but has a quite good salad bar. Well under 10€ for a heaping plate, eat in or to go. Mustard seed potatoes, lentil salad, a panoply of veggies, tuna salad, ham... It's just across the alley from recently busted L'Escargot.

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        1. re: mangeur

          ooh, looks like those salads aren't by weight but by container size -- i've always wondered what would happen when I finally had a run-in with a "buffet à volonté," (i.e. would the owners be completely shocked since I'd probably eat twice as much as a French woman?) Even though this isn't *quite* à volonté, I feel like I could definitely get my money's worth with that. Because really I prefer not to spend more than 5eur on lunch. 10 is really pushing it/special occasion on my grad student budget.

          1. re: stephaniet

            When I was in university, I refused to eat crap already. You don't need à volonté.

            1. re: Parigi

              Parigi, the salads at PR are really quite decent, not crap. More like crudites. Not overseasoned, but decent produce. It is one of my preferred simple lunch places where I know that I can take exactly what I want and as much of a single thing or not. It is packed with local shop and office people who choose pizza, pasta or the salad plates. And no, stephaniet, no one will bat an eye if you have to haul your plate out in a RadioFlyer.

              1. re: mangeur

                Hahaha. I have never been to an all-you-can-eat place. Quantity has never been a remote priority for me. But if you say it's good, i believe you.

                1. re: Parigi

                  This is not all you can eat. There are two sizes plates, one large salad size, the other small dinner size. You can assort either plate as you please and pay 5€something for the smaller and a couple of euro more for the larger. Once you pay, you don't take more.

                  1. re: mangeur

                    Oh. My post about not eating crap was referring to the all-you-can-eat focus in stephaniet's post.

                    1. re: Parigi

                      Well, not all AYCE is necessarily horrible, though I have not tried any in Paris. I just imagine that things here would be priced for "all French people can eat" rather than all broke, very athletic Americans who are desperately craving sources of protein can eat. But it was a fantasy anyway. (The only buffets à volonté that I know are in the 13e, and I'd rather get a banh mi.) My excitement about a salad bar that isn't priced by the pound probably comes from the nightmares I still have about when I accidentally made myself a $15 lunch salad when Whole Foods first came to NY.

        2. Juji-ya on rue Sainte-Anne has lovely fried-chicken bento and other-stuff bento.
          Momonoki (passage de Choiseul) is also nice for Japanese fried stuff.
          The Izakaya Isse on rue de Richelieu will serve a light domburi meal, and quite a nice one too.
          I also like Hang-a-li, a good mom-and-pop Korean restaurant on rue de Louvois.
          Kintaro is a Japanese canteen on rue Saint-Augustin that I also recommend. No reservation, wait in line (long line most of the time).

          1. L for Liza on the rue de la Banque. And, for me, "L" is also for "love it". Very superior Lebanese boulangerie/ sandwicherie annexe to Liza restaurant. Excellent falafel for under 5 € (in pita) or under 6 € (man'ouché). Shawarma, kafta, etc. Maybe a little pricey for the genre but not for the area.

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            1. re: Parnassien

              Ahhh. Thanks for this. The vibe at Maoz has driven us away. It's good to have some new options. (DH won't put up with vibe at L'As du F, while I'd crawl on my knees for their sauce.)

              1. re: mangeur

                Mangeur, I know you are a bit of an explorer/ flâneuse, so I have another falafel/ Leb joint recommendation just for you. Paris-Beirut on the rue Tolbiac @ rue Glacière in the 13th (on the southern fringe of the Butte aux Cailles). Really really good. And cheap. And while in the area, you can have a look-see at the pâtisserie Laurent Duchêne on the rue Wurtz and then on to the cutesy bits of la Butte aux Cailles for maybe a honey tasting at Les Abeilles on the rue Butte aux Cailles, café hopping, or, if there long enough, a decent meal at Les Cailloux (French-Italian), Chez Gladines (Basque/ sud-ouest), etc

                1. re: Parnassien

                  Ooh! I am très reconnaissante for these suggestions -- both L for Liza and Paris-Beirut. I spend a lot of time in the 13th. In fact I have an appointment at an archive near Olympiades on Wed with a mandatory hour long lunch break....might have to do a falafel taste off in the next two days! (Though I'd probably get the Makanek they list, as I've never had those before)

                  1. re: stephaniet

                    Oups, Paris-Beirut is at the Alésia end of the very long rue Tolbiac so maybe a little too far away from Olympiades. Total 20 to 30 minutes aller-retour by bus. So not much noshing/ queueing time left.

                    1. re: Parnassien

                      No problem at all actually -- I have a bike (not a velib) -- should take 5-7 mins, max. (Plus actually my archive is closer to the Tolbiac stop, at Ave. de Choisy) Will report back!

                      1. re: stephaniet

                        perfect... you can get take-away makanek and then pedal down to the Parc Montsouris for a bench picnic ... the best remedy for archive-itis :)

                        1. re: Parnassien

                          Just wanted to report that I FINALLY got to Paris-Beirut yesterday. Had a soujouk sandwich + a really lovely pistachio bird's nest-y dessert. I did wish that the soujouk themselves had had a bit more snap to them as sausages -- I found their texture a bit mushy -- but their seasoning was really excellent, as was the composition of the sandwich, which came with hummus, lettuce, a bit of mint, and some lemon juice (and maybe tomato I forget) rolled into a flatbread and pressed on the grill. Thanks for the recommendation -- this is a real winner!

                          Also, this week is taking me back to Richelieu, and I'm pretty sure I'll be hitting up the Rue Volta banh mi place early and often!

                          1. re: stephaniet

                            Quite happy to read of your experience. We were headed to P-B on two different days, but life got in the way. Will work hard to trace your footsteps.

                            1. re: stephaniet

                              Glad Paris-Beirut didn't disappoint. Now I'm craving bird's nest-y desert. I'm guessing some sort of knafeh. And I think soujouk is better dry and cold ... it does seem to turn a bit mushy when heated.

                    2. re: Parnassien

                      Cool. Thanks for this. It may happen! Will advise.

                      (Googling Paris-Beirut, I came across this wonderfully quirky, insolite blog list of one young woman's Paris finds. Totally unvetted, but worth a scroll. I love the inclusion of worthwhile thrift shops. :) )

                2. BTW, does anyone know anything about the west African food (hot, market style) in front of the Bourse? Around 7,50€ plate, but looked tempting. Wide variety of dishes too, not just poulet yassa.