Fodor's Expert Review Afaria
The otherwise unexciting 15th arrondissement is home to much-lauded chef Ludivine Merlin and his Basque-inspired recipes. Basque cooking is known for its bold flavors and generosity, and the choices at Afaria are no exception. Crisp-skinned duck breast with balsamic-fig vinegar (for two) is served dramatically, inside a ceramic roof tile, with the accompanying potato gratin perched on a bed of twigs. Big chunks of spoon-tender, slow-cooked pork from Gascony come in an earthenware dish with cubes of roasted celery root. Tapas are served at a high table near the entrance, and there's a large-screen TV for rugby matches.
15 rue Desnouettes
Paris, Île-de-France 75015, France
- Laid-back, classic bistro atmosphere
- Artichoke terrine with smoked bacon and aged comté cheese
- Hazelnut soufflé with homemade dark-chocolate sorbet for dessert