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Good Moroccan-- with ambiance-- in Paris?

tastebud Nov 28, 2012 01:28 PM

In early December, I'll be visiting my 20 year old niece, who's been studying in Paris. I'd like to take her for an experience she hasn't had before, and thought of a Moroccan meal. I read about Le Tingad, but am not sure what "expensive" means in this case. Any ideas or additional info?

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    Ptipois RE: tastebud Nov 28, 2012 01:59 PM

    Le Timgad is expensive for what it is, if that may help. It L'Atlas is equally good if not better, and cheaper.
    Also Le Timgad is not "Moroccan" (whatever it claims to be) but the menu is a mix of Moroccan, Algerian and Tunisian dishes. For a truly Moroccan experience, try L'Atlas, Au P'tit Cahoua, La Table de Fès or Oum el Banine.

    What do you mean by "ambiance"?

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      tastebud RE: Ptipois Nov 28, 2012 02:06 PM

      Merci, Ptipois! Good question! By "ambiance"--in this case--
      I mean something kind of special with a beautiful aesthetic.

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        Ptipois RE: tastebud Nov 28, 2012 02:58 PM

        In that case: the setting at Timgad is liked by some, rather posh in a riyad style, but in my opinion it is a little tired and every time I went, the tiles on the wall gave me the feeling of eating in an empty swimming-pool.
        Decoration at L'Atlas is not remarkable, but not unpleasant either. Not particularly new.
        Oum el-Banine has a nice setting as I remember, but the place is quiet, very quiet.
        I think you will like Au P'tit Cahoua, where the quality of simple, fragrant, generous Moroccan food is enhanced by a lovely decor, very Moroccan without being stuffy.
        In terms of design the loveliest place is Le 404, but the food is far less interesting.

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          tastebud RE: Ptipois Nov 28, 2012 03:13 PM

          Thank you! Au P'tit Cahoua sounds perfect.

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