Comfort Hotel Mouffetard/Latin Quarter
56, rue Mouffetard
Phone: (33) 1 43361700
Fax: (33) 1 43362578
You can escape the many tourists traps of Rue Mouffetard by dining at the Truffière, a traditional restaurant offering regional cuisine in an authentic cellar dating from the 17th Century. The Red Tuna tastes just as good with Foie Gras in a Filo Custard or with Parmentier de Canard aux Truffes Noire. And top that off with Soufflé Chaud à la Truffe Noire; it's guaranteed to send you to a different realm altogether. Strictly for non-vegetarians, the restaurant also has a huge variety of liqueurs, which can be sipped at leisure at the lounge. Their wine cellar has a spectacular wine collection of more than 3,300 bottles. Truly a special place for romantic occasions.
Located in the historical rue Mouffetard in Paris 5th arrondissement, this Indian restaurant offers the finest fares from north India. Dishes range from chicken tandoori, lamb korma, chicken curry to several vegetarian dishes among other things. Guests are also treated to nice surroundings with walls dating back from the 12th Century, best known as La muraille de Philippe Auguste.
Paris is not at a loss for Irish pubs, but very few have the feel of a pub back in Eire. Fifth Bar mixes good old-fashioned craic with the atmosphere of a real American bar, screening both soccer and American football (soccer), and serving pints of Guinness while throwing American-themed nights. Tuesdays and Thursdays are student nights, so bring student I.D. for even more discounts. The bar is cozy, the staff is friendly, and it's opened until the metro re-opens in the morning; a perfect place to wait to go home for your Sunday morning post-drinking nap. -Emily Monaco
Petites Merveilles de Damas is a nice shop and a paradise for the sweet-toothed among us. Have at some Syrian gastronomical confections (with pistachios or rose-flavored), candied fruits (strawberries, walnuts, figs), cakes and chocolates (with rose flavoring and dates). These sweets are very different from usual oriental pastries: not only are the flavors balanced and the aesthetic refined, but also the candies are low in fat and sugar! The products, imported from Damascus, are made by artisans who only use quality natural and fresh products. If you have a present to give, you will find very nice and colorful boxes.
El Picaflor enjoys a pride of place among the dining spots of Paris, having garnered quite a few accolades for its Peruvian cuisine. The food catches the attention of the discerning diner with its colorful presentation and tempting aroma that emanates from the kitchen. Try the specialty dishes here like the Tamales or corn pie cooked with meat and vegetables, Atamalada Quinoa- a traditional Peruvian delight and the Chancho Con Papas or baked pork served with a quinoa salad. The restaurant also accepts catering orders for gala events and parties.
This restaurant situated in the very heart of the Latin Quarter, in a picturesque neighborhood, has an elegant and sophisticated decor. The menu offers a variety of refined Greek dishes: Quail rosted in Wine Leaves, Lamb-stuffed Cabbage Paupiette, Moussaka. And why not try the Sheep's yogurt with Honey and Nuts for dessert.
Paris isn't especially known for its Italian food, so when you find an authentic Italian restaurant, keep the address! This Neapolitan restaurant is hidden amongst the buildings of Paris' famous Sorbonne University. Prices reflect the portion size: very generous for Paris, with a large variety of pasta dishes and fresh seafood. The specials change daily and are printed on a Parisian-style chalkboard for perusal. Past and recurring specials include baby calamari a la plancha stuffed with basil leaves, grilled tuna steaks and sole and spinach in lemon-butter sauce. All mains are served with a side of pasta, or you can choose one of the many pasta options for your main course, like handmade ravioli or gnocchi. Whatever you order will be served with a smile and, often, an Italian accent to boot.
Lebanese restaurants in Paris are a dime a dozen, so when you find a good one, pounce. Kaza Maza's personal touches, from a free sample of house tea when you enter to a wide variety of vegetarian choices, make it a great address to remember. Its location near the Sorbonne is far enough away from the touristy Latin Quarter that you can get a good bang for your buck, and the wide variety of sandwich options, from meat-based to vegetarian, means that you can come back for more without getting bored. No matter what you order, make sure you taste some of the delicious hummus. Feel free to try out your French on the friendly counter men; they're always happy to give advice to tourists or just to chat for a little while while you eat at the counter. -Emily Monaco
Housed in the south-most portion of the sprawling Grand Mosque, La Mosquée is a delightful place to get a halal meal or to simply enjoy a rich brew of mint tea. The interior is just as palatial as the surrounding mosque complex, Arabic design elements and carved wooden accents contributing a feel of authenticity to the dining experience. The menu is composed of the standard lineup of Middle Eastern items including kebabs, couscous, tagines and more.
Armed with a fine 13th-century splendor, Au Bistrot de la Montagne offers a variety of traditional French dishes that will make your visit here complete. Start with the amazing French Onion Soup and work your way through the Boeuf Casserole, Turkey Filet and Roast Pork, completing the experience with a bite of Red Fruits Cake or Apple Tart. The restaurant is perfect to accommodate large groups and private galas with its spacious rooms and pre-set group menus. It also supplies catering orders. Separate vegetarian choices are also available on request.
This is an amazingly well-kept secret in Paris. With just a handful of tables, Breakfast in America recreates the American breakfast diner experience as well it should - it was established by a bona fide American ex-pat in 2003. Complete with American coffee, O.J., pancakes with real maple syrup, eggs-to-die-for and the breakfast and brunch menus are the better known offerings. However, be sure to check out their burgers in the afternoon.
TAKARAYA, established in 1958 by Takumi Ashibe, is the first Japanese dining place to grace Paris' culinary scene. Though the original restaurant shut down, SAKEBAR Le Restaurant opened years later, stands proudly at the same monumental address and lives up to the popularity of its predecessor. SAKEBAR is a pure haven to feast on some exotic dishes. The chef proprietor Youlin, fuses together Japanese and French recipes to offer guests creative concoctions. A must try here, is definitely from their sake selection. Enjoy a wholesome meal at SAKEBAR Le Restaurant.