5 Décembre 2016
I’ve been coming to Chez Omar ever since I arrived in Paris. It’s a favourite of mine for its friendly waiters, vintage bistro setting, cheerfully eclectic diners – Marais gallerists, fashionistas, gay couples, families, they are very nice to children and will happily bring crayons for kids to draw on the brown paper tablecloths– and, of course, the couscous. There are no elaborate tagines here, just well-prepared couscous, with a choice of mechoui, grilled lamb kebabs, merguez sausage or vegetarian. I usually go for the kebabs, with a big vat of stewed vegetables, harissa if you want, and a platter of couscous grain. Finish with Oriental pastries, or strawberries and cream, and mint tea. They don’t take reservations, so arrive early for dinner if you don’t want to queue in the street.
Address: 47 rue de Bretagne, 75003 Contact: 0033 1 42 72 36 26 Getting there: Metro St-Sébastien-Froissart Opening times: Mon-Sat, midday-2.30pm, 7pm-11.30pm; Sun, 7pm-11.30pm Price: couscous from €12 Payment type: credit cards not accepted Cuisine: North African Reservations: not possible