In June 2010 I went to this Arabian/Algerian restaurant in the 13th for the first time at the recommendation of a friend who lives in the neighborhood. I never thought of myself as much of a fan of couscous (left side of menu) and almost ordered from the right side, but my friend steered me back to the couscous, and I was really glad he did. This dish was entirely different from any couscous that I had ever prepared myself or had in the Middle East. It came with spices in a wonderful broth and a lot of vegetables, such as carrots, that were delicious. I had mine with lamb chops that were tender. You spoon out the couscous, vegetables, lamb chops, and broth yourself from a larger bowl served individually, so you can control how much goes on your plate. Jars of spices are also on the table so you can add particular spices to the dish as you go along. This place turned into my favorite restaurant during my 11-day stay in Paris. The owner/maitre de was friendly and fun to talk to (my friend had been going there for years), and there is a North African decor with nifty lamps throughout.
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