Yemma, moroccan food in Paris

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Abdel Alaoui, the spirited Canal + presenter-turned-chef, and Mustapha Khalis, the spicy food trucker, have put their unique spin on traditional couscous at their Moroccan street food cantine. Inside, flamboyant soixante-huitard Formica, arty-sanal bricks, white on white tiling, knick-knacks from the bazaar and a menu that tells stories of back home without any cheesy decorum, written out in marker on kraft paper: a kémia (amuse-bouche) including a radiant méchouia salad (red peppers, paprika, garlic and tomatoes); a chicken sandwich with nigella seeds, packed full of herbs and raw vegetables, and made on batbout (a pita-like bread made with semolina flour) or m’smen (a flaky crêpe); as for the couscous, they go all out, with juicy marinated veal méchoui, loads of vegetables, pickled onions, mint and cilantro (€14). Not to mention, for dessert, the gazelle horn cookies made by their pastry chef. To drink, the Jasminade (a jasmine tea lemonade, €3.50) is worth trying. Formula option €11 (lunch during the week), à la carte €14-22. // M.J.-D.
Restaurant Yemma

119, rue du Chemin Vert Paris  (75011)
TEL: + 33 1 48 05 67 07
SUBWAY: Père Lachaise, Rue Saint-Maurrestaurant-yemma-paris-grand-hotel-francais-1Yemma-couscous-paris-grand-hotel-francaise
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