5 of the best halal restaurants in Paris

5 of the best halal restaurants in Paris

There are plenty of fantastic eateries in the capital that will make Muslims feel right at home


Muslim-friendly restaurants, where all the food is prepared strictly in accordance with the principles of Sharia law, continue to thrive in cosmopolitan Paris. There are tonnes of excellent kebab stands dotted around the city, but man cannot survive on grilled meat alone, so here are five of the top halal spots in town.


1. Les Enfants Terribles

If you’re planning to invite a colleague out to dinner, it’s safe to say you’ll want somewhere a little polished. At Les Enfants Terribles (restaurant-lesgrandsenfants.fr), you’ll find French gastronomy that's halal. One of a new breed of upscale halal restaurants that have sprung up in and around Paris, Les Enfants Terribles caters to a growing population of young, upwardly mobile Muslim professionals. Main courses start at AED 72 and include fillet of dorade, and duck with figs and honey-roasted apples.


2. Le Petit Gourmet

Another must is Le Petit Gourmet (lepetitgourmet-paris.com), where owner and chef Aden serves succulent steaks and sweet, creamy, crunchy, jiggly crème brûlées.


3. Le Crystal Paris

Further fine-dining can be found at Le Crystal Paris (lecrystalparis.com), not to be confused with a certain (underperforming) British football team. A stone’s throw from l'Arc de Triomphe, the creamy lobster velouté is itself a triumph.


4. Liza Paris

Of course, if you’re after a more Middle Eastern affair, then the city is your za’atar-sprinkled oyster. Liza Asseily, a chef and entrepreneur originally from Beirut, ensures that her country’s fabled cuisine shines in the City of Lights. At Liza Paris (restaurant-liza.com), the couture-clad crowd comes out to play long after the sun has set, tucking into fried orange and onion salads, kofta samek, and a gossamer-y sea bream tartare with dill. Be sure to round proceedings off with an assortment of baklavas including haytalié, milky custard with orange-flower water and a pretty puddle of orange coulis.


5. Le Berbère

Le Berbère (facebook.com/pages/Le Berbère/145937475453552) is a favourite among locals, with its larger-than-life owner Hocine Bouaziz welcoming every customer like his long-lost habibi. Simple, sensibly priced food includes steaming bowls of couscous with fiery merguez sausages and kofta, hearty beef brochettes, as well as the signature dish méchoui, slow-roasted, melt-in-the-mouth lamb.


Still want a kebab?

If it‘s one of those days when only a skewer of meat will do, then head for a branch of Our Kebab Gourmet (ourkebab.com), where you’ll be treated to the chicest shish kebabs in town. More of a funky bar than a café, with its cool, laidback design, you’ll also be rewarded with healthier options such as sandwiches stuffed with garden-fresh salads, and sweet-potato fries.


Source: Condé Nast Traveller Middle East


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