Reviewed by Ruman
On a recent Netflix binge-watching session, I finally got round to watching Julie & Julia. The film is based on a New Yorker called Julie Powell (played by Amy Adams) who embarks on a mission to cook every single recipe (there are 524) from Julia Child’s famous French recipe book ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ within a year. The story is intertwined with Julia Child’s (played by Meryl Streep) actual journey of mastering French cuisine. While I may not be able to master the art of French cooking, during this trip to Paris I embarked on a journey to master the art of eating as many French delicacies in Paris as I could. For the halal eater, the options are quite limited but I did get to try all of these must-eat foods.
One thing I knew I couldn’t leave Paris without trying was French onion soup. Many restaurants use beef stock to make this soup, so where better to try it than at Le Petit Gourmet – a halal French restaurant in the heart of Paris.
For our mains we opted for the specials of the day. Zohra tried the roast beef which was served with mashed potatoes. The beef was cooked medium as requested and had a good flavour to it. I wasn’t a fan of the coriander that had been sprinkled on top of the cuts as I felt that it overpowered the taste of the meat/gravy.
I ordered the other special of the day: lamb saddle with chips. This was also a good dish. Served with the same sauce as the beef, the lamb had a good flavour and wasn’t tough or chewy. The fries were a bit too soft, presumably because they had been placed in oil that wasn’t quite at the right temperature.
We ended the meal with a round of mint tea. I liked that it was served in a tray with a pot and cups similar to how it is served in North Africa. The owners of the restaurant are Algerian so I imagine that’s where the influence comes from. The tea was really good. It was the closest thing in taste to the tea I’ve had in cities like Marrakech.
Halal Status: All meat served is halal. Alcohol is not available.
Address: 39 Rue du Faubourg Montmartre, 75009 Paris, France
Nearest stations: Le Peletier
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