Looking for North African restaurants in Paris?
I was wondering if anyone knew any North African restaurants they'd recommend in Paris (Algerian, Moroccan, Tunisian, etc.). I'd expect there to be some, but wondered if anyone had any they thought were particularly good.
le Figaro did a best couscous survey a few years ago... http://www.lefigaro.fr/assets/couscou... ... couscous is, by the way, wildly popular in France and, I seem to remember , #2 in a recent list of favourite dishes when eating out ... personally, i think couscous is one of the least interesting of the North African specialties and much prefer tajines, bastillas, and méchoui/ grills.
for the fun factor and/or trendy/ hip clientele, le 404 on the rue Gravalliers/ 3rd or Chez Omar on the rue Bretagne/ 3rd ... a little newer and a hit with the Le Fooding folks, Chez Mamane on the rue Cinq Diamants in the Butte aux Cailles quartier/ 13th
for an emphasis on meat/ grillade/ méchoui: l'Alcôve on the rue Duphot in the 14th and Les Trois Frères on the rue Léon in the 18th.
for evocative decor and relatively good nosh, l'Atlantide on the rue Laumière in the 19th or Le Sirocco (love the fruit de mer bastilla!) on the rue Gobelins/ 13th or Au P'tit Cahoua (especially for tajines) on the boulevard Saint Marcel/ 13th
for a sample of Tunisia, le Comptoir de la Tunisie on the rue Richelieu near the Palais Royal in the 1st... but very small (just 3 or so tables) and a short menu limited to a plat du jour, a couple of "briks" and a few desserts... lovely French-Tunisian owner... lunch or snacks only when you happen to be in the area.
ok, not North African, but the cuisine of the Levant is yummy... Liza on the rue de la Banque in the 2nd for an upmarket sample and Daily Syrien on the rue Faubourg St Denis in the 10th for some takeaway or sit-down street food (including falafel) ... and the nougat, among other things, from Les Petites Merveillles de Damas on the rue Monge in the 5th is to die-for