Dans les Landes

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Dans les Landes

Julien Duboué, the young chef at Afaria, has transformed the peaceful neighbourhood café Dans les Landes into a noisy and welcoming tapas bar. It’s hugely disorganised – you’ll be lucky if reserving ahead guarantess you a table on arrival – but patience will be rewarded as soon as the food starts to arrive (you just have to hope it hasn’t been mixed up with your neighbour’s).

The confusion is perhaps understandable given the number of dishes listed on the slate menu, mostly inspired by Basque cooking, but with various Asian touches (foie gras maki or prawns in a creamy Thai sauce). Some dishes will come to you on wooden boards, others on slates or even in a (clean, hopefully) wooden clog; this is a place for sharing, not selfish appetites. Among the best things that we tried were slices of pork with barbecue sauce, fried squid with sweet peppers, a pot of boudin (blood sausage) with apples, sucrines (tiny mouthfuls of salad), stuffed peppers, and prawns with grapefruit. Only the flash-fried ‘butcher’s surprise’ disappointed.

Despite its service problems, it’s easy to understand why this venue is so overrun, especially in this area, which lacks a good range of restaurants.


Venue name: Dans les Landes
Address: 119 bis rue Monge

Opening hours: Daily noon-11pm
Transport: Métro : Les Gobelins, Place Monge ou Censier-Daubenton

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A friend of mine has been raving about this place for months, so I checked it out last week. The tapas are mainly Basque-inspired and very rich! Many of the items on the menu I had never heard of but the waitress was very friendly and explained everything.Tried the foie gras ravioli topped with a butternut squash purée and the crispy magret duck polenta bites. Both were divine with a bottle of wine! The best part was dessert: cream puffs filled with a salted caramel cream and a pot of melted chocolate to dip them in! The downsides were the steep prices (e.g. 16 Euros for a plate of spring rolls) and the fact that we were freezing cold! I admit that we were sitting close to the door and it was -4 degrees outside, but still, they need to consider heating the place a bit better as many people were also in their jackets. I'd return in the Spring!