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Monday, September 18, 2006

Awesome Eats at a Fraction of the Price

In the 3rd Arrondissement:
Chez Janou
2, rue Roger Verlomme - Metro: Chemin Vert

With charming decor, perfect ambience, and Southern French cooking at its very best, Chez Janou is my first favorite restaurant in Paris. Sit inside or out for filling portions and a fixe prix menu at 14 euros for lunch and around 21 for dinner. Don't miss the world-famous chocolate mousse dessert...IF you can find room for it anywhere. Go for lunch or make reservations...all of Paris loves Chez Janou, and even on a weeknight, it's packed for dinner all night long.

In the 6th Arrondissement:
Le Bonheur Du Ciel
130, rue de Vaugirard - Metro: Montparnasse-Bienvenue

Absolutely delicious and fresh Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai food, a la carte or by the plate. Main plates from 5,20 to 6,80 euros, or order the fixe prix menu and get an appetizer or salad, plat and rice/noodle/veggie accompaniment, plus a dessert for 9,80 euros. Found it entirely by happy fortuosity while lost one day, and it was soooo yummy. Try the poulet au basilic (chicken in basil) or the boeuf a la sauce piquant (beef in savory sauce).

In the 9th Arrondissement:
Luna Cafe
11 rue la Fayette - Metro: Peletier

Insanely good pasta in huge portions. The desserts are also very good. The cafe is pretty small, even my Paris small cafe proportions. Dining inside and out. I can recommend the Spaghetti Bolognese, Turkey Scallops in Cream Sauce, and Penne Vegetale in tomato sauce. Main course for 9,50 euros.

Saveurs et Coïncidences
6, rue de Trévise - Metro: Grands Boulevards

Menu changes daily. Fresh dishes made to order including a light and vegetarian menus. The chicken curry (from the heavy menu, though I did not find it heavy in the least) and light menu beef salad are both excellent. My companion found the coffee far too strong, though. The fastest food I've ever had in my life and packed full of harmonious flavors. My new favorite restaurant in Paris. Main courses for around 8 euros.

In the 15th Arrondissement:
Punjab Palace
299, rue Lecourbe - Metro: Lourmel

Possibly the priciest restaurant on the list, this is about the best Indian food I have ever had. Specializing in Tandoori and curry, with fixe prix menus during the day at 8,50 and 12 euros, and at night at 16, 19, and 25. Or split a main course and rice for around 16. The poulet (chicken) tikka masala is awesome. Try the orange-rose flavored cordial. So refreshing, especially on a warm summer night! Dine inside or out.

Check back for more great eats as I find them.

Bon appetit!


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