Sunday, April 30, 2006

paris diary: 404, un restaurant maghr├ębin

when you're planning your next trip to paris, you must check out the marais neighbourhood which has the highest concentration of the best restaurants in paris. i learnt about all the fabulous places in the marais thanks to my sister-in-law, maithili, who spent a year in paris. she recommended a north african place called 404 for my birthday dinner.

tucked away towards the end of rue de gravilliers, 404 is a tiny little restaurant with oodles of maghrebin charm. the dark wood, the dim lights and the low tables all add to the overall exotica. i definitely felt transported away from paris to the heart of morocco for a few hours.

the food was excellent and tasted quite homemade actually. for our main course, h and i shared a seven vegetable stew which came with lots of couscous and spicy harissa. 404 also serves various grilled meats and their brunch menu is supposed to a big crowd puller.

dessert was a plate of pastries like the ones you get at la bague de kenza that i blogged about yesterday.

our only regret was that they didn't serve hookahs!


Blogger gs said...

great pictures lulu. the vegetable stew looks terrific. and about the hooka,it must be only h's regret.

1:05 am  
Anonymous Ezra said...

Birthday dinner?? 23?! Hapy birthday!!

SO GLAD to see you posting again - I have missed you! When you are traveling your posts are especially interesting and novel.

7:12 am  
Blogger Lulu said...

thanks, dad. we had a lovely dinner indeed.

hi ezra,
great to hear from you and thanks for my 23rd birthday wishes :) hope you and shireen are well. come visit us inlondon soooon!

8:39 am  
Blogger gs said...

there was an old hindi movie song in which a male lover was singing "tu hai meri majrehbin" to his beloved.any idea if it means one who is loved?

5:29 pm  
Blogger chris san francisco said...

Hi Lulu,

Looks like you had a great birthday trip to Paris! Ken and I also ate at 404 the last time we were there and really enjoyed both the food and atmosphere.

Hope you had a nice time seeing family in India and that your business trip was successful.


5:45 pm  
Blogger Lulu said...

i tried to search the web for the meaning of majrehbiun but couldnt find anything - sorry.

hi chris,
good to hear from you. yes, paris was a blast. a few other friends have also eaten at 404 so it must be popular! india was fun but tres hectic. just about got to see my parents. hope the bay area is back to its sunny self after that spout of rain.

8:36 pm  

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