Take a gastronomic voyage to West Africa at this popular restaurant that has introduced umpteen Parisians to delicious Senegalese cuisine. A former French colony, Senegal has absorbed culinary influences from France, as well as its northern neighbors in the Magreb. Cool music and candlelight set the scene for some of the best poulet yassa (chicken marinated in lime and onions) in Paris; there also several versions of n’dolé, spinach-like leaves cooked with peanut sauce and mixed with shrimp, or fish, or meat. Less adventurous eaters might like the marinated brochettes, which are grilled over a wood fire. Fill out the meal with a side order of fried plantains or atéké (manioc). There’s also a terrific selection of rums here, for cocktail hour.
- Margie Rynn