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Tounsia

Tounsia (Paris)

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Running this little Tunisian oasis (turquoise walls, a tiled yellow bar, a multicolored banquette) is Siwar, who brings together mouthwatering recipes, including a wonderful couscous prepared by his mom, Zineb. For us, the day we went for lunch: delicious mlawai (semolina and olive oil cake) loaded with cumin-marinated chicken, raw vegetables and a yogurt sauce, served with a detox salad of cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, onions and olives; fluffy chapati, the star sandwich of Tunisian street food, made using semolina bread and filled with tuna, mechouia and herbed omelet. And for all those with big appetites, there’s the couscous option of course – including an octopus version, like they made on the Kerkennah Islands. What about dessert? Sesame brownies (cocoa, halva, tahini and sesame seeds) or cookies from North Africa with dried fruits and chocolate chips. // M.S.

FEELING THIRSTY? There’s orange blossom lemonade or mint iced tea (€4.50 each), and Tunisian Celtia beer (€5.50 for 250 ml).

PRICE: Sandwiches + sides €11-13, couscous €10 (€16 with octopus).

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