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“Excellent food, very congenial environment”
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Ranked #1,103 of 18,482 Restaurants in Paris
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $26 - $56
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed February 11, 2012

We had a lovely meal here. We had no reservation, but were able to get a table in the front room, perhaps reserved for those lacking reservations. We started with three of the small plates, including an artichoke dip, a plate of gambas and a plate of charcuterie. The gambas were excellent, the charcuterie good, but we were disappointed with the artichoke dish, which the waiter had specifically recommended. Two of us shared a roasted duck dish that was stunningly delicious. The roasted potatoes accompanying the dish were equally succulent. One of us had the venison, and another had a lamb cous-cous. Both were excellent and the sides were as well. The venison was more beefy than I remember venison being in the states, but it was definitely delicious. The deserts were fine as well. The waiter, on learning we are American, was a little too solicitous, perhaps, regaling us with conversation about the states and other topics. Not typical of a Parisian waiter and it began to interfere with our own conversation. Perhaps he thought that Americans enjoy extensive conversation with the waiter, as commonly occurs in the states. But he was definitely very pleasant. Overall the food was super and the experience was very good as well.

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Thank David R
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Reviewed December 11, 2011

Here is where the cuisine from Bordeaux, Biarritz and the French Basque country meet modern cuisine. It is at a remote location in the 15th; which means no tourist and locals that enjoy good food.

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Thank luismurguia
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Reviewed September 12, 2010

After reading some of the other reviews of this restaurant, I feel like we were somewhere else! All the staff were really friendly & helpful (even to the point of patiently describing each item on the menu in English due to the poor level of our French....), & the food was really superb, particularly the duck.
In three words: Highly recommended restaurant.

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1  Thank Sephly
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Reviewed August 28, 2010

The tastiness, appearance and quantity of the food is consistently excellent, but getting a table outside in the spring and summer months apparently depends on how well the owners know you. We reserved a table outside to celebrate a special occasion. As they normally do, Afaria called us to confirm our reservation, but when we arrived we were seated inside, even though several tables were still available outside. We noticed during the course of our meal that three other parties also having reserved outdoor tables, were denied outside seating, with no apologies. Two of the three disappointed parties declined the alternative seating and left the restaurant. The management seems comfortalble lying to its patrons, and will take extraordinary measures to fill every table. On more than one occasion Afaria called us demanding to change our reservation time so they could fill remaining gaps. Sadly, we don't go there anymore.

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2  Thank HotrockParis
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Reviewed June 18, 2010

Nine full courses -- way too much to eat, actually -- beautifully prepared and served, wandering through multiple cultures and cuisines. Staff were quite warm and welcoming. While the food is complex, the restaurant maintains a neighborhood feel, with tables spilling out onto the small plaza in front of the restaurant. The owners are Basque and quite proud, but their offerings span the globe, from traditional Basque, to experimental Spanish, Middle Eastern, Thai, and back to France. The meal ended with the offering of a shot of Armagnac and macerated raspberries -- the chef's favorite, apparently. Would recommend anyone to go -- it's worth the detour out of central Paris to the southern 15th, a rough-edged Parisian neighborhood beyond the usual tourist trails.

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Thank watercao
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