Delicious Budget Couscous in Paris 75018

Delicious Budget Couscous in Paris 75018

Couscous is served in lots of great restaurants and bistros in Paris, and although it’s not originally a French dish, it’s very popular …  and is one of my favourite things to eat in Paris.

Couscous has become the name of the dish, when it is actually a grain (like polenta or rice), served with meat and veg.

Originally from North Africa / Algeria regions, a serve of Couscous consists of lamb, sausage, chicken or beef slow-cooked until it’s fall-off-the-bone tender, and is then served with vegetables and a grain called Couscous.

In the 18th arrondisement my friend Sigrun and I came across a marvellous litte bar which didn’t look very special from the outside, but their blackboard menu outside caught my eye – one item only – couscous.

Being adventurous, we popped in and ordered the couscous for lunch. We sat at the table right at the front bordering on the footpath/sidewalk, so we could watch the world go by on this lovely summer’s day.

When the meal arrived, the servings were huge, consisting of a large platter of meat, a big bowl of vegetables done just right in a stew-like broth, and the couscous (grains) with sultanas / raisins in it.

Not quite famous French food couscous is a delicious meal, tasty and hearty, and very filling.

Our mouths were watering! As you can see in the photo above, it was a hearty meal for a summer’s lunch, and we didn’t need to have any dinner that night. The aromas wafting on the summer’s breeze were wonderful and oh so tempting, and I couldn’t wait to get started.

What to eat Not quite famous French food couscous is a delicious meal served with a cooked fluffy grain called Couscous - this one has sultanas/raisins in it.

In the photo above you can see the couscous grains which had been soaked in hot water to make them soft and fluffy.  Those giant raisins were so sweet and plump and were a wonderful complement to the meat and vegetables – it was all so delicious!

Almost famous French food couscous and vegetables - you simply must try it.

The vegetables are cooked in a broth (as shown In the photo above) and are firm enough yet imbued with such flavour – I have to admit if I lived near a restaurant or cafe serving couscous I’d be tempted to eat it a lot!

Almost famous French food couscous can be beef, lamb, chicken or merguez sausage - or a mixture of them.

In the photo above you can see the platter with merguez (a spicy sausage), chicken and lamb. The chicken and lamb had been cooked long enough to be tender – the meat fell off the bones, and was so delicious.

Almost famous French food couscous is served from the meat, vegetable and couscous platters, to create your own dish. Be generous with the sauce.

Once you choose from the different platters and place your mixture of the 3 dishes on your plate, it’s a riot of colour and the aroma is incredible.  Just looking at these photos again is making my mouth water at the memory of this delicious lunch :-)  (see photo above)

Almost famous French food couscous can be served with any drinks - I chose red wine, full bodied, and it was a perfect match.

This photo above shows how much we COULDN’T eat, but we did manage – just – to finish off our wine.  I love the small jugs of wine called “pichet” (and pronounced “peeshay”) – just enough for a midday relax with a yummy meal.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this meal with me – I look forward to sharing some of my others with you too.

Prices : Couscous 8 euro, Pichet de Vin Rouge (carafe of red wine) 8 euro

P S – although I didn’t write down the name of this café, it was right near a great shoe shop – Chaussures Marvin – at 56 rue Marx Dormoy, 75018 (if you’re ever looking for fabulously comfortable walking shoes and wide fittings). If you stand on the footpath/sidewalk looking at the shoe shop, the couscous bar is a few doors to your right.

A bientot (see you soon!)

Teena

Free Museum Collections in Paris

List of free permanent Museum collections in Paris

What a great idea! You can view all of these collections in Paris without paying an entry fee. Print the list and work out how many of these you can fit in on your holiday, and see if any of them have a café which will be a nice change from having to find one :-)

75003

  • Musée Carnavalet – Histoire de Paris
  • Musée Cognacq-Jay

75004

  • Maison de Victor Hugo

75006

  • Musée Zadkine

75008

  • Musée Cernuschi
  • Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux Arts de la Ville de Paris

75009

  • Musée de la Vie Romantique

75015

  • Maison Bourdelle
  • Mémorial du Maréchal Leclerc de Hauteclocque et de la Libération de Paris – Musée Jean Moulin

75016

  • Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
  • Maison de Balzac

75017

  • Musée National Jean-Jacques Henner (currently closed for renovation work)
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