47 rue de Bretagne, Paris, 75003
- Recommended for:
- Backpackers / Students, Families with teenagers, Nightlife, People watching, Relaxation, Trendiness
Expert review of Chez Omar
Great couscous, convivial noisy atmosphere and adorable waiters make this North African restaurant a Parisian fixture and, although Chez Omar is Algerian, the setting couldn't look more like a typical Parisian bistro: paper tablecloths, tiles, banquettes, zinc bar.
You won't find tagines, pastilla or other North African specialities (although you can order a decent steak) here but that's not a problem. Couscous is the raison d'être here and it's good, inexpensive and very generously served. Some people swear by the couscous méchoui, with tender slowly baked lamb, but I prefer the succulent brochettes d'agneau (lamb kebabs) or merguez (spicy lamb sausages) versions. All come accompanied by a platter of steaming semoule grain and a vast vat of vegetables (carrots, courgettes, potatoes, turnips, chickpeas) in broth, which you can spice up with harissa if you like; you can also order it just in a vegetarian version. Desserts consist of flaky baklavas and other oriental pastries or generous servings or strawberries and whipped cream. There are some decent Bordeaux as well as Algerian wines.
Marais art and fashion people, Parisian families, international visitors all crowd in here. There are no reservations so arrive early in the evening, especially on Fridays and Saturdays, or be prepared to queue in the street.
The good-humoured staff are all part of the appeal and welcoming to all.
In the northern Marais art gallery district near the Marché des Enfants Rouge.
Main courses range from couscous merguez at around 11 euros to the méchoui at 24 euros.
More information on Chez Omar:
- Price guide:
- Mediterranean, North African, Vegetarian
- 47 rue de Bretagne, Paris, 75003
- 01 42 72 36 26
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Mon-Sat noon-2.30pm, 7pm-11.30pm; Sun 7pm-11.30pm.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Not possible
- Free tags / Keywords:
- Cheap eats, couscous