paris diary: 404, un restaurant maghrébin
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!