I do love a good couscous or tagine! There’s something so comforting about these dishes, usually served in big bowls and in splendid abundance. Having the whole table being crammed with different platters of food and so much flavours makes me kind of high. And don’t even get me started about the oriental desserts. They normally come on a huge plate, making it almost impossible to pick one, so I usually end up with three. As they are quite rich (understatement…), I almost feel like asking the waiter to roll me out of the restaurant after I’m done!

Lucky for me, there are plenty of good options for couscous to choose from in Paris. I like to go to la Grande Mosquée in the 5th arrondissement, the Mosquée has a restaurant that looks like it came straight out of 1001 nights. The food is great, there’s a nice garden to drink tea and there are even tiny little sparrows that fly inside the restaurant and enhance the fairytale-like atmosphere (and don’t worry, your food is safe).

I had a great chicken tagine with olives and lemon that almost had me lick my fingers!

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And afterwards, like always, I had a hard time picking a dessert, so I had three. Well, you only live once, right?

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After all this great food, the check is always a pleasant surprise, this restaurant gives you good value for your money.

For more information check out these websites:
http://www.placesinfrance.com/la_grande_mosquee_de_paris.html
http://www.mosquee-de-paris.org/

Update, January 2015: After a recent visit I have to conclude that the food is still great, but prices have been raised considerably. It’s still far from expensive, but expect to pay about 15-17 euro for a couscous or tajine. 

 

 

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