Restaurant Waalo (Paris)

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After being assigned a residency at Ground Control by the Refugee Food festival, Harouna Sow is settling down for good in the middle of the Sentier neighborhood! He’s heating up a co-working space with a tungsten look with Waalo, his sunny café with subtle sub-Saharan vibes (light wood, a saffron yellow counter, wax fabric cushions). Savored just like in West Africa, the day we went for lunch: incredible plantains prepared as a purée that sticks to the spoon, topped with tomato sauce and pickled red onions – or cheeky millet and herb croquettas over a bed of lemony yogurt sauce and a delicate sprinkling of paprika and smoked chili; a tender bun filled with a beef patty electrified by kankan spices and Comté cheese, served with sweet potato fries – or some majestic pollack atop attiéké (a fermented manioc semolina) dotted with peas; before a volcanic chocolate-chili cookie that maintained the warmth of this delightful lunch. // Pica Bidon 

FEELING THIRSTY? Homemade drinks, like baobab juice (€4) or a hibiscus / orange blossom combo (€4). 
PRICE: Set menus €15-19, desserts and pastries €4 to €4.50. 

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