La Table Afghane

Restaurants, Afghan 14th arrondissement
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Superb Afghan cooking straddling the Middle East and Central Asia.

When he arrived in France in 1983, owner Mr. Watanyar, never imagined he would own a restaurant. It was his sister’s idea to start La Table Afghane and the neighbourhood have been enjoying it since it opened just over a year ago.

Beginning with a dogh (€4), the traditional Afghan savoury yoghurt drink with cucumber and mint. It’s excellent: a little like liquid tzatziki. At the back of the room is a buffet with a daily lunch option of four starters, four mains and two desserts (€13.90). The waiter explains every dish and like the students we are, proceed to try every dish. First off pakawras, like potato chips with cumin and vegetarian lentil dumplings. A spiced tomato sauce brings it all together – it’s perfect and seconds are impossible to resist. Then onwards with the sensory voyage with saffron rice, grilled and stewed aubergines, shredded chicken breast and potatoes. It’s like Indian cooking, but sweeter.

For dessert, we gladly make room for firni, a milky rice custard fragrant with cardamom, pistachio and slivered almonds. Saffron tea in hand, this could almost be in Afghanistan. Count on it, we’ll be back to discover the dinner menu – and continue on this magical little journey.

TRANSLATION: MEGAN CARNEGIE

By: Jill Cousin

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Venue name: La Table Afghane
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Address: 107 rue Didot
14e
Paris

Opening hours: Mon-Sat midday-2.30pm; 7-10.30pm
Transport: Metro: Alésia
Price: Lunchtime buffet €13.90, evening à la carte €25
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I work just down the street from La Table Afghane and have been coming here for lunch since they first opened up! The food here is really tasty and for 13.90 Euros you can eat as much as you want! I usually get take-out, which is a little cheaper, but you miss out on going back for a second (or third) helpings. I like how they change the buffet items each day (apart from the dessert, which is always the "Firni"), giving you a taste of various fragrant dishes. The family that owns this restaurant are so lovely and welcoming, you really feel like you are eating at a friend's house. I would like to come here one evening to try out certain specialties that they don't do at lunch but I have yet to stay in my work neighborhood in the evening. It's a little out of the way, near Plaisance Métro, but if you're a lover of Afghan food then it's definitely worth the trip to the South of Paris!