Was in Paris 3 weeks ago and just got around to posting. Since, the ethnic mix in Paris is a bit different than NY (even Queens) I wanted to try some different cuisines.
Lao @ Lao Lanxang, 105 Ave d'Ivry in the 13th, Metro Tolbiac, Closed Monday. Had a nice lunch of nem lao. A ground meat salad w/ginger, garlic and chillis that you roll up like a Vietnamese Nem. A great dish. I only wish I some partners for lunch to keep on trying the Lao dishes. This place has Lao, That + Viet specialites.
Malagasy. Manabe I'le Rouge @ 33 rue Damasme. Metro Tolbiac. This is a very humble place on a side street that is a bit out of the way. Had a 12 euro lunch menu. Forgive my memory lapses but I had some sort of fritter as a starter and a chicken stew as the main w/2 nice cold salads (cucumbers? w/ginger) and a lousy 1/2 bottle of rose.
Khmer.Le Sinago @ 17 rue de Maubeuge in the 9th. Metro ND Lorette Cadet. A 9 euro lunch. Nothing special, a Khmer soup (simple consomme) and a Khmer crepe that wasn't all that different from a Viet crepe. I've had better Khmer, but then again, Khmer is just plain hard to find, let alone good Khmer.
Bistro: Paul Bert @ 18 rue Paul Bert i nthe 11th. Metro Faidherbe Chaligny. This place is what most of us look for in a bistro. Homey, neighborhoody, and simple w/no attitude. They specialize in meats, when I was there many of the dishes were lamb and steak. A good wine list, but rustic/cheap wines also available by the glass and bottle. Reservations a must, but same day is possible.
The Paul Bert Bistro folks also own a fish bistro next door. Many tables ordered oysters, so the waiter would go outside, down the block and come back w/a plate of oysters.
Down the block was a restaurant specializing in food from Reunion and there is also a Bordelais bistro as well. Not a bad food street.
Bistro: La Biche au Bois in the 12th, Metro Ledru Rollin. Starter a nice salad Nicoisse. Main, a Venison stew. I've had venison here before and loved it, but wasn't keen on the stew. Another simple, neighborhood place w/no attitude.
Specialites are fois grois and game in season. reervation for the same day, no problem.