Les Jours de Damas

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There’s only one metro stop from Molem to Damascus, and that’s Ribaucourt, which grinds out grilled-meat lovers on their way to Rue de l’Espérance. It’s here that six guardian angels keep us on cloud nine, as they braise impeccable kofta, cheeky lamb chops, juicy liver kebabs and even golden roasted half-chickens, in a spot with a rather Arabian Nights vibe! That Ramadan night, the special Iftar menu featured: dates, obviously, accompanied by a smoking-hot lentil soup; an abundantly parslied tabbouleh; a tangy fatouch salad with sumac grilled bread; hummus, moutabal and labneh – the holy trinity; breaded cauliflower; roast zucchini; as well as the aforementioned protein-heavy grilled meats. You’ll never see the bottom of all these dishes, as the portions are too generous – or maybe our (charmed) stomachs are too small? The (laminated) menu also features: kibbeh, falafel, dürüms, fries and even the humongous mansaf – five kilos of lamb meat served with bulgur, rice and dried fruits! The sweet bonus: orange blossom rice pudding, on the house! // Edgar Glass

FEELING THIRSTY? The complete collection of canned soda from the most famous American pharmacist (€2) and a pot of fresh mint tea (small or big, €3-6).

PRICE: Mezze €5-12, dürüms €7-8, dishes €8-18, large shared plates €36-250.

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