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The perfect couscous: delicious, fragrant, affordable and generous.
Among the good spots in Butte-aux-Cailles, Chez Mamane is an institution. A tiny room on rue des Cinq Diamants, this couscous canteen is packed with neighbourhood regulars every night, who gather at the bar or on the pavements to share their apéritif with those who've been drawn to what is known as the ‘best broth in Paris’.
Our neighbours recommend the Couscous Royal, a combination of perfectly grilled merguez sausages and tender mutton pieces (€17), both are excellent. The chicken couscous is just as hefty and delicious, and for only €11. The mountain of fine grain couscous is best served between two; its broth is fragrantly spiced with coriander and the vegetables have the perfect bite.
The sweet-toothed won’t be able to resist the Algerian pastries (€2 each), which go perfectly with delicious mint tea or the homemade digestifs, which the serving staff will more than happy to share with you. Shukran Mamane!
TRANSLATION: MEGAN CARNEGIE
27 rue des Cinq Diamants
|Price:||Couscous dishes €9-17|
|Opening hours:||Daily 4pm-2am|