Paris is not the best place to eat Indian food, like it is not the best place to buy Indian clothes, to speak Indian languages, to watch Indian films, in a word, to live an Indian existence. London, of course, because of its colonial history, would be the best place to go; and I’ll go!
But, let’s stay in Paris. Actually, there are quite few Indians in my city and Indian restaurants may be disappointing according to so-called real India lovers. However, if you search a little, you can live nice Indian food moments in Paname.
Today, I ate in a restaurant that a friend of mine took me to a long time ago, when I was a student, and when I did not know that India was part of Asia: Old Kashmir. It is located near Saint Germain des Près, in the Quartier Latin, and this is one of its good points. Its other quality is the good food. Not too fat, not too spicy but tasty, really tasty. The restaurant itself is small but successful. I think you should book for dinner. The decoration is alright: wooden panels on the walls, big chairs, white tableclothes, red paper towels and Bollywood star pictures above the bar.
I chose a 12,50 euro menu: the eggplant and onion pakoras were nice and I empied the little bowl of Mixed Pickle. I love it as much as my mum! It would have been better with a naan but you had to pay for an extra. The Curry chicken was delicious, served with saffron rice. As a dessert, a unique ball of ice-cream…mango, coco-nut, passion fruit…and on top of that, no whipped cream but a smile from the waiter…smile and Paris’s restaurant waiters don’t always flock together, so, let’s enjoy it!
Old Kashmir 13, rue Grégoire de Tours 75006 Paris M°Odéon