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“Comfortable Couscous” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mansouria

Mansouria
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Ranked #5,214 of 16,717 Restaurants in Paris
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Good for: Business meetings, Large groups, Romantic, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Bercy / Nation
New York City
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48 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Comfortable Couscous”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2011

Mansouria was created by a small ‘legend’ in French Moroccan cuisine. I hear that Fatéma Hal was the first North African woman to have a cooking show on television, she is considered one of the leading chefs of this cuisine in France and her restaurant is one that started as a response to her cooking for friends and has grown organically thru the years, annexing adjoining storefronts as they became available. Friends have told me about their parents going to eat here on special occasions and I expected ‘haute cuisine.’
We were 3 on a Thursday night without a reservation and were greeted kindly and shown a table in a comfortable dining room. The other diners were French-speaking, no tourists, but the waiter offered menus in English. There are some specialties – pastillas both savory and sweet, unusual tajines and some delicately perfumed couscous. We started with an assortment of hot and cold starters that were extremely fragrant and beautifully spiced. The couscous voile, scented with cinnamon, was the big hit of the main courses. The service was friendly and efficient, the room attractive.
In Paris there are 3 sorts of North African restaurants – ‘cheap and cheerful’, ‘good and filling’ or extreme/elegant. I thought from the build up that Mansouria was going to be in the last category; without fault, it fell into the second. I expected something else but enjoyed my dinner. I would go back but would not go out of my way to get there.

  • Visited December 2011
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Toronto, Canada
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57 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Excellent Moroccan food with amazing service!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2011

Very, very good Moroccan food. Wait staff extremely helpful. Food superb! They even offered Moroccan wine, which was very good. Definitely recommend!

  • Visited October 2011
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Thank Sandy D
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AUSTIN
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66 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
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“Not sure what happened to the reviewers...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2010

Not sure what happened to the reviewers who provided bad feedback because enjoyed it immensely. Great food, freindly staff, cozy if busy location on quiet street less then one block from Faidherbe-Chaligny metro stop! 72 euro price without alchol was not cheap but not outragious either! A great way to check out a little "French colonial" during visit to Paris!

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1 Thank AuxTx
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Scotland
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“A fun restaurant with great food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2010

Finding the Mansouria was a happy accident - we arrived at our hotel in the Bastille district and my husband wanted a couscous dish. The concierge directed us to the Mansouria and by a stroke of luck a table was being vacated as we arrived.
Now I've never been to Morocco but the interior of the Mansouria made us feel as if we were almost there, with its low lighting and furnishings predominately in shades of red and gold. The menu offers a selection of North African staples and the food was excellent, while the Moroccan red wine was perfectly good. But one of the best things about this restaurant is the atmosphere, led by a charming lady who roamed the room, checking on everything. And because the tables are so closely packed in, you can't help but get into conversation with your neighbours. Just one word of advice - do book for a weekend night. I think we paid about 70 euros for two.

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Thank kilcreggan
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Paris, France
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“So disappointing. You'll find much better elsewhere.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2009

My wife and I love couscous and were looking forward to this dinner with some friends who told us this restaurant was great. But what a disappointment it was. The food was OK but nothing extraordinary. And the service was so bad !!! You could feel the young waitress didn't like her job. She was really grumpy and not professional at all. After asking four times for some water, one of us had to stand up and go to the bar pick up some water himself! The waitress wouldn't serve the plates on the table, we had to take the plates from her hands because she didn't want to make the effort of going around each of us and serve us individually!!! And while we were freezing because the air conditionning was too strong, the people in the other room were suffocating because it was to warm there...
All this bad experience for more than 35 euros each...
There are so many good Morrocan restaurants in Paris, you can avoid this one.

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1 Thank ParisCharlie
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