Posted by: vlibrizzi | November 19, 2009

Lunch at La Mosquee

The other day, after coming back from Instanbul, C. and I decided that we hadn’t yet had our fill of exotic foods so we stopped to have some lunch at the Paris Mosque. I had visited the Mosque for lunch with a friend last week, and loved the food so much that I had to take C. there to try it out as well.

As we entered the building, we were immediately struck by how beautiful the interior is. As you can see in the photo to the left, the restaurant is decorated in light, airy colors with mosiacs on the walls and ceilings. And since the building is so airy, there are tons of little sparrows who fly around the ceiling and try to steal your food when you’re not looking (not so much fun–especially after we saw some birds nibbling at the dessert tray just as we were leaving the restaurant!)

Once you are seated, you are served your meal on big, metal coin-shaped tables—and you need a space that big because the portions are huge. For example, C. and I shared one order of lamb couscous, which came with a huge bowl of vegetables, couscous, and a large piece of lamb—and, although it was wonderful, we couldn’t even finish it. 

But, of course, we did save some room for the dessert, which came out on a huge tray from which you could choose your selection. We shared a baklava and had some warm mint tea with it. 

And the best pat of all, the whole meal only cost  20 euros! In Paris, that’s a definite steal!

We had to run after our lunch so that I could go to class, but I’ve heard from friends that the mosque’s gardens are really lovely to walk around too. Perhaps I’ll check them out the next time I go…or, better yet, I’ll visit the gardens and the hamam.

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