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“Cozy, different, economical.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Kootchi

Kootchi
40, rue du Cardinal-Lemoine, 75005 Paris, France (Panthéon)
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Ranked #7,918 of 13,460 Restaurants in Paris
Price range: $12 - $18
Cuisines: Afghan
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Panthéon
Montreal, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Cozy, different, economical.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2011

We read about this place in a travel guide and were quite satisfied with the lunch menu. Sure, it's not the greatest food you can have in Paris, but it's decently priced, decently located, and was a nice way to have our first Afghan food experience.

It can be a cheap eat but be careful: the lunch special doesn't include drinks, and these are pricier than the rest of the menu, so this is where they'll make their money! We found that 3,50 EU was too much for a small pot of cardamom tea but were okay with it, since we'd never had it before. If you want to keep costs low, ask for the free 'carafe d'eau'.

We enjoyed the savory meals we had and the few but incredibly tender pieces of veal. The entrées and desert were too obviously 'straight from the fridge!', but I guess that's inevitable. The restaurant was full, by the time we started our main course, so that's always a good sign. Would recommend for a nice lunch if you're tired of French food and feel like something different in a warm, 'ethnic' atmosphere, but maybe not for dinner.

  • Visited January 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Tampa, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Very good”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2009

We had no idea what we were ordering exactly but everything was very tasty, not too spicy but quite flavorful.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Tampa, Florida
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Bland and overpriced”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2009

A cute, cozy little place with friendly service, but I wasn't pleased to pay 18E50 for what amounted to two cups of tea, one cut-up tomato with sauce, a huge mound of white rice and a bowl of mushy, bland lentil soup. If I were a meat-eater, I could have chosen the 15E menu, so perhaps meat eaters will have a better experience here. However, I went a few months ago to a wonderful Afghani restaurant in Washington, D.C., and ordered a vegetarian meal that was worlds better than my meal here.

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“Small and very nice restaurant close to Jussieu where one can taste excellent food from Afghanistan. An ideal place to...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2008

Small and very nice restaurant close to Jussieu where one can taste excellent food from Afghanistan. An ideal place to have a meal among friends. Meals are tasty and not to spicy. The room is decorated with beautiful carpets and traditional music instruments. Delightful welcoming. Open until 10:30pm and closed on sunday.

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“first afghan food experience. service was exceptional and the food was delicious!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2007

first afghan food experience. service was exceptional and the food was delicious!

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