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Tavline (Tavline ©JC)
Tavline ©JC
Tavline (Tavline ©JC)
Tavline ©JC
Tavline (Tavline ©JC)
Tavline ©JC
Tavline (Tavline ©JC)
Tavline ©JC
Tavline (Tavline ©JC)
Tavline ©JC

Under the Mediterranean sun...

The azure blue façade contrasts perfectly with the beige stone of rue du Roi de Sicile. It's easy to imagine yourself on the waterfront in the lovely Mediterranean heat. And inside its just as sunny! Keren Benichou, the owner, welcomes you with a smile that could cheer any grumpy Parisian. At the back of the restaurant, the Israeli chef Kobi Villot-Malka is hard at work in his open kitchen. ‘Tavline’ means ‘spices’ in Hebrew, and you can find these in almost every dish, whether that be your starter, puddin, or even drinks.

The appetisers even come on a very pretty Moroccan plates, and home-made pita bread with hummus, chickpea purée and tahini sesame cream. We devour the roasted cauliflower in its tahini bath; before feasting on aubergine focaccia, and a tomato coulis with smoked paprika which is just delightful. Everything is perfectly seasoned and a dish to share between two is more than enough. The shakshouka with poached eggs and spinach is another to name just one of many great dishes. A combination of Greek, Moroccan and Israeli cuisine - it’s a fantastic, yummy gathering.  

By: Jill Cousin


Venue name: Tavline
Address: 25 rue du Roi de Sicile

Opening hours: Tues-Sat, midday to 2pm and from 7.30pm to 10pm.
Transport: Metro: Saint Paul
Price: Around €30 per head.
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