Fodor's Expert Review Afaria

$$ Around the Eiffel Tower French

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.

French Casual Prix-Fixe Lunch Dinner Bistro $$

Quick Facts

15 rue Desnouettes
Paris, Île-de-France  75015, France

-01–48–42–95–90

www.restaurant-afaria.fr

Known For:
  • Laid-back, classic bistro atmosphere
  • Artichoke terrine with smoked bacon and aged comté cheese
  • Hazelnut soufflé with homemade dark-chocolate sorbet for dessert
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon., 3 wks in Aug., Closed Sun., Mon., and 2 wks at Christmas.

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