The Mosque of Paris isn’t just a house of worship, but also a beautifully decorated salon du thé, restaurant, hammam and souk, open to the public. When I walked in for lunch last week, I felt like I had left Paris and entered into the Orient. The inviting garden at the entrance offers a terrace to sit, dine and relax under cedar trees. Inside, the colorful walls, Moroccan light fixtures and archways are the perfect backdrop for a lunch of couscous and tagine.
Lee Anne, Sara and I splurged on mint tea, poured from silver Moroccan tea pots and authentic Arab cuisine. Our feast barely fit on the ornate gold table it was so big. Our plates were filled with tagine of lamb, peppers, tomatoes, onions and cinnamon semolina, chicken couscous and tagine of chicken, almonds and onion. It was truly a North African experience, full of exotic flavors and hefty portions.
Escape the Parisian bistros and cafés and try another sprawling culture and cuisine in Paris. Whether you’re stopping by for a big lunch or a cup of tea, the Mosquée provides a lovely retreat. I look forward to returning to have tea on the shady terrace this summer.