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“Madame Zouzou & Christian, the King and Queen of Paris”

La Petite Rose des Sables
Ranked #37 of 17,290 Restaurants in Paris
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $17 - $35
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Chateau d'Eau / Gare du Nord
Description: Welcome to "la petite rose des sables", the warmest and most welcoming restaurant in Paris :) This family restaurant is very small (you can fit 6-10 people) and does not take reservations (especially through Hotels). The best way to eat there is to drop by and see if it's open / if there is space. Indeed, lots of friends come often so it can happen that there's birthdays, special reservations, etc. Due to popularity and for all the reasons above, Zouzou and Christian would like to host everyone but it is sometime impossible, try to be comprehensive and act with gentle manners. Moreover, we're very sorry for the people that were disappointed recently, Zouzou got her collarbone broken so the restaurant might be close from time to time with notice on the front door. Enjoy your stay in Paris Kind Regards - The little pink sands fan club
montreal
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“Madame Zouzou & Christian, the King and Queen of Paris”
Reviewed June 6, 2014

This restaurant is a must in Paris. You will taste real Delicious traditional French food and the owners, Madame Zouzou and Christian are the sweetest Parisians you will ever meet in your life. They are very giving and will make sure you leave full, satisfied, and full of goodies in your pocket (you will need to visit if you want to find out!). Christian cooks in the back while you listen to Classic French songs and Madame Zouzou entertains you with sangria, old pictures and stories.
This small restaurant is really intimate and is hard not to talk to your neighbors and learn about their whereabouts and travels.
I left with a huge smile on my face and I still get warm and fuzzy just thinking about my experience at La Petite Rose Des Sables.

**reservations are needed since it only holds around 10 people and is very popular.**

Paris Magique!!!

  • Visited May 2014
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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“Simply the best!! Everything you expect and more!”
Reviewed June 6, 2014

The couple that owns the restaurant, made us feel like a million bucks! Great cozy atmosphere, authentic French food! I would definitely recommend this place to anyone. One tip , as stated many times very small place, maybe 5 tables, so prepare or make reservations!

  • Visited May 2014
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Kissimmee, Florida
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“Like eating at Grandparents home”
Reviewed June 6, 2014

Me and my husband made a special trip to this restaurant due to all the great reviews on trip advisor and it was well worth the effort we used the subway to come here on our last day in Paris and only had about 3 hours before we would need to leave to get to our train on time and actually at this restaurant that is not enough time. When we arrived they were on the wind down from lunch it was around 2 pm and there was only one set of customers at the restaurant the owner Zou Zou said normally you need to make a reservation and that people usually stop by a day or 2 before they want to dine to make the reservations and both Zou Zou and Christian do not speak English only French but luckily there was a nice French speaking gentlemen there eating and he was able to translate for us and the owners stayed past there closing time for lunch to feed us they are a wonderful couple and treat you more like family than customers. the first course was bread and butter, cheese plate and sangria along with nuts and other tapas that were already on the table then we ordered our main course which was cooked to perfection and tasted wonderfull as you are eating you are offered more sangria and bread and anything else you needed there was so much food on the main course that my husband barely finished his and I only got through about half. While we were eating we were the only ones there so Zou Zou played us some great French music and was very attentive to us as we winded down she offered us some fruit and there traditional desert of chocolate covered cornflakes and as you are getting ready to leave she takes tons of pictures for you and gives you some trinkets of Paris to remind you of your visit and traditional kisses on your cheeks by both they even put up a flag of your county for us it was the US flag and takes pictures for you in front of it. The couple treats you so well it is hard to leave and there is always something being offered to you right up to the time you leave.
Me and my husbanded commented on the fact that it feels like you are eating at home or at your grandparents house (more like that for us) and we were never treated so well in Paris we tried to speak as much of the language as we could learn for our trip and most people were appreciative of the fact that we were trying to speak there language but here we felt like we would be treated like family regardless if we tried to speak French or not. The meal was really a good value by Paris standards when we got the bill we noticed that we were only charged for the main course all the other items we ate were free and we gave a healthy tip which we seemed to have to force Zou Zou to take but we felt they earned every bit we spent.
This is a nice little place and believe me it is worth the effort you need to make to eat here we were lucky to be seated with out a reservation I would not count on that and plan ahead and make a reservation for there soonest opening I think lunch time is less crowded than dinner. Believe me you will love your meal and the whole dinning experience that is what I love about Paris it is not just eating it is a whole experience when you dine out we could have easily stayed here longer than the 3 hours we did stay. We left and headed out for our train to Germany full and loving life.

  • Visited May 2014
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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“SIMPLY THE BEST”
Reviewed June 3, 2014 via mobile

We chose to eat at this restaurant after reading such great reviews on trip advisor and we were not disappointed at all. The restaurant is very small, with only 5 tables but as you wait outside for a table, you are kindly given some sangria and bread! The food was cooked to perfection and was delicious! We were given complimentary starters, more sangria and lil gifts before we left. We have never experienced anything like it. Will be recommending this place to anyone that visits. Thanks :)

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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“INCREDIBLY WARM HOSPITALITY!”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

This unassuming little (four small tables- it would be very crowded with more than 10 people) restaurant is outwardly decorated as a tribute to the Catalan architect Gaudi and an interior full of family knick-knacks; eclectic to the extent that it more resembles the owner's living room than a dining space! The warmth of the welcome is truly outside my experience dining anywhere else in the World- friendly, effusive and totally without pretension- rich in sincerity.

Welcome aside the menu (in English, French (AND illustrated for pick and point) consists of no more than 15 standard dishes, each superbly cooked by Monsieur Christian whilst you are fussed over by Zouzou who makes you feel like a long lost grandson or daughter! I had the duck casserole that fell from the bone whilst my partner had a fantastic boeuf bourguignon- rich and full of flavour- both melted in the mouth.

Sangria flows, tapas are provided, little tourist trinkets rained on you to ensure you never forget the most fun you'll ever have had in a restaurant!

We went in on Saturday to try and book a table (it has to be done in person- Zouzou indicates the tiny scale of the operation and likes the human touch)- it was booked out, save for one table on the Monday lunchtime. Whilst merely booking she gratuitously gave us three generous, very welcome, chilled glasses of fruity authentic Sangria and a plate of fresh charcuterie and of course the traditional bread fresh from the boulangerie- it took us a hour of much gossip and laughter before we left! Lunch took 2.5 hours. It's not a place for a quick bite, but for a taste of true Gallic relaxed lunching. There will even be a photographic quiz before you leave for a free hat!

The only critical comment I would make is that the house dessert is really no more than chocolate covered cornflakes and whilst they resemble the Saharan Sand Roses (after which the place is named- they're in the window), they are nothing special- the other desserts are standard Parisian fare (Creme Caramel, etc.) and are probably to be preferred. The tapas is always charcuterie, so if you want less of a red meat experience then pick something else. The set evening meals are awash with meat and sangria included.

Prices are cheap by Paris standards for the portion size (you will need to walk it off).

Zouzou has a little translation device behind the bar to keep conversation with non- French speakers but I think she understands more English than she lets on!

There is no view to be admired or outside seating and if that's your thing (as every true tourist seeks) then there are plenty of terrace cafes with both, geared for tourists in the area. If you want authenticity, the pure joy of good simple food and sincere friendly service- then head for this gem.

This is a must-do if you go to Paris and comes VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Don't miss out!

  • Visited May 2014
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