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Restaurant Afaria, Paris 15 | BKWine Pick

Between Porte de Versailles and Convention this Basque restaurant is hidden. A bright, welcoming restaurant with big windows to the street. The menu is a mix of Spanish and French south-west with some unusual twists. Very elegantly presented and innovative, and above all very, very delicious. The pumpkin soup with small morsels of artichoke and scallops was a dream. And the small ‘filet de rougets’ (red mullet) on ‘couscous au citronelle’ was excellent. We did not try the deserts (but we saw them!) and will be back to try the full menu. The owner and chef, Julien Duboué has previously worked in famous places such as Carré des Feuillants and Drouant and that certainly shows. Truth to be told it is not often you are so impressed by a restaurant. And one where the bill adds up to something very reasonable. A two course lunch for 22 euro, three courses in the evening for 30-40 euro. They also have a small bar and a big ‘table d’hôte’ (‘communal’ table) where you can have just a glass of wine and some tapas (Spanish roots ‘oblige’). The wine list has a good selection of wines primarily from the Languedoc and the South-West.

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