Chez Omar

Address: 47 rue de Bretagne, Paris, 75003, France
Telephone: 01 42 72 36 26

- Budget

4.4

Eternally popular couscous restaurant with adorable waiters.

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.

Food and drink
4.3
90%
Service
4.6
90%
Food and drink
4.3
90%
Value for money
4.5
90%
Ambience
4.6
90%
Location
4.3
90%

Food and drink

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.

Ambience

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.

Service

The good-humoured staff are all part of the appeal and welcoming to all.

Location

In the northern Marais art gallery district near the Marché des Enfants Rouge.

Price advice

Main courses range from couscous merguez at around 11 euros to the méchoui at 24 euros.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Families with teenagers
  • Nightlife
  • People watching
  • Relaxation
  • Trendiness

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