NOSSA is a Portuguese restaurant specializing in that classic roasted chicken and chips dish we all adore. NOSSA may serve up a classic, but the restaurant, staff and presentation are anything but, with quirky touches all over the place including vintage decor, crate-plates and charismatic personalities. Don’t be fooled by the small size of this place as, despite the lack of legroom, it packs a punch in taste, quality and atmosphere. Go with friends on a weekday and enjoy a quarter chicken, side and dessert for a special price that will leave your budget as happy as your stomach.
The Sunken Chip
Moving swiftly on to our next choice, The Sunken Chip serves up the meal the world thinks British people live on – you guessed it, the famous fish and chips. Fish and chips in Britain can often be a rather sad affair, with soggy chips and stagnant sauces being commonplace, but The Sunken Chip is different. It offers a rather classy, gourmet take on the dish in a casual setting. A generous portion of perfectly browned, traditional, thick-cut chips are topped with a crispy fillet of fish of your choice and an optional homemade side, including, of course, the cliché mushy peas. With all this at a budget-friendly price, a trip across the Tunnel has never been cheaper.
Everyone loves pizza and pasta, especially when it’s big and has connotations of your Mamma. East Mamma is both homely and hipster, it’s comforting and cool; it’s an (Italian) home away from home in the city we all love. With an emphasis on everything homemade and directly sourced from producers, you’re guaranteed an authentic Italian experience in this cozy, welcoming setting. The prices are great too, with the restaurant priding itself on keeping low ‘Italian prices’ despite its Parisian location. With all this to offer, you’ll feel like East Mamma is the Italian mother you never had.
Taking your taste buds further afield – this time to the streets of India – we have NAÀN, a modern spot offering an inventive take on Indian street food. Its ‘signature’ is the NAÀN sandwich: a traditional naan bread, cooked fresh to order, is used to wrap up an array of ingenious, colorful ingredient combinations, including both veggie and meat options. Aside from the dishes and prices being inspired by the Indian street food culture, that is where the influences end. With elegant, stylish decor in rich golds and vibrant, plush, graphic textiles, you’ll feel more like you’re at an Indian banquet than buying snacks on the side of the dusty road.
Something you may have never realized your life was missing, a taste of Sweden in the form of sugary balls of goodness at Sweet Shop KÄRAMELL. This adorable space is filled with all manner of things to eat, touch and smell, displayed over every inch of the room. So much color and vibrancy is sure to have you feeling like ‘a kid in a sweet shop,’ no matter what age you are. The Swedish sweets themselves are available both in pick ‘n’ mix form – with many varieties stored in crates on the wall, and also in jars and other arrangements. Every ball of loveliness is individual and a tastebud-tantalizing treat. Once you’ve had sweets from KÄRAMELL, you won’t want your sugar fix anywhere else.
Whether the word ‘barbecue’ gets you salivating over thoughts of a sweet, sticky brown bottled sauce or smokey, rustic slabs of meat, the traditional Texas food at The Beast is sure to satisfy all your American barbecue cravings. Big on flavor, The Beast serves up a variety of meats from ribs to free-range chicken. Flavorsome sides include mac ‘n’ cheese and homemade baked beans, and of course, copious amounts of homemade BBQ sauce. The presentation is honest and fuss-free. Simply put, if you’re a meat lover, The Beast will be your idea of heaven.
A taste of Korea has never been more accessible than at SAaM, a restaurant along Canal St Martin that specializes in Bao Buns. Bao Buns are a type of Korean sandwich using a special, stretchy dough, which is formed into a clam-type shape and then filled. It’s a dish that has, in recent years, taken the world by storm. Thanks to their quirky look and unusual flavor combinations, they not only taste incredible but also make for a great Instagram photo. SAaM isn’t just any Bao Bun hang-out, though, the dough here is made fresh daily, the vegetables that go inside are crisp, and homemade drinks are also offered. From the food itself to the mismatched, shabby-chic seats you sit on, SAaM offers an originally charming take on this Korean sensation that is sure to leave you wanting more.
SAaM, 59B rue de Lancry, 75010 Paris, France, +33 983 508 494
Mexican food is pretty common these days, it being behind many chain restaurants across the globe. However, good, proper, authentic Mexican food? Not so easy to find, unless you’re in Paris that is, in which case pop in to Anahuacalli and get a taste of the real deal. From the terracotta-painted plates to the homemade salsa that sits in its own miniature bowl, the presentation here is outstanding and a reflection of the food. The decor is honest and homely, the service amicable, and all this along with the perfectly spiced food, makes Anahuacalli a favorite choice among Mexicans in Paris.