Emballé, c'est kiffé !

With only four months of service and some outstanding lunches to its name, Penny Lane has already earned itself a notorious reputation in the pantheon of eateries on rue du Faubourg-Poissonnière. Running this tiny café are owner Raphaël Israël and chef Johann Barichasse (ex-Adar and Le Mermoz), who decided to keep the burners on during France’s second lockdown, to the great delight of neighborhood residents. On the menu? Levantine treats sold to go (there’s no need to reserve in advance!), including addictive tinos, sandwiches stuffed with taramasalata, haddock, leeks, potatoes and red onions, all seasoned with dill, watercress and lemon, wrapped up in Turkish bread (€10.50); comforting chorba – their version is made with spicy tomatoes and slow-roasted lamb, a soft-boiled egg, chickpeas, freekeh, fresh cilantro, capers and olives (€13.90); chicken tajine with almonds, radicchio, bulgur wheat and quince (€12.90); plus dreamy desserts, like orange blossom basboussa (a pastry made with finely-milled semolina, €4).

FEELING THIRSTY? Tasty soft drinks: Elixiaor Bella Luna lemonades, UMÀ ginger beer, or ChariTea iced tea.

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