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Chez Omar

Le Marais
3 out of 5 stars
Chez Omar
© Jessica Orchard
Chez Omar
© Jessica Orchard

The once-fashionable Omar doesn't take reservations, and the queue can stretch the length of the zinc bar and through the door. Everyone is waiting for the same thing: couscous. Prices range from €11 (vegetarian) to €24 (royale); there are no tagines or other traditional Maghreb mains, only a handful of French classics (duck, fish, steak).

Overstretched waiters slip through the crowds with mounds of semolina, vats of vegetable-laden broth and steel platters heaving with meat, including the stellar merguez. Even on packed nights, there's an offer of seconds - gratis - to encourage you to stay a little while longer.


Venue name: Chez Omar
Address: 47 rue de Bretagne

Opening hours: noon-2.30pm, 7-11.30pm Mon-Sat; 7-11.30pm Sun
Transport: Metro: Arts et Métiers or Temple
Price: Main courses €12-€26
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