Mike and I took a two-week road trip through Italy, Monaco, France, Spain,
England, and Belgium this past September.
You can read our other road trip posts about this trip here.
Or, see all our travel posts here.
While we were frugal with our food budget during our road trip last September, we splurged on a meal at Moroccan restaurant 404 after a recommendation from a reader.
After spending a weekend in Morocco in March 2011 we fell in love (hard) with Moroccan food. We are seriously considering going back to Morocco for our honeymoon, just for the food. So our expectations for 404 were high. And the restaurant delivered on them - almost.
We were part of the first sitting in the restaurant, which seats diners side by side at long tables, cafeteria style. When we arrived, the tagines had just gone on the stove. And a good tagine (especially vegetarian ones, which lack the fat and flavour of their meat counterparts) needs awhile to stew, so ours were disappointingly bland. But the salads! Oh, the salads. Moroccan salad, cucumber salad, and zaalouk. And the spiced beets, beans, and carrots we had as starters. They. were. amazing.
But the best (and most unexpected) part of our meal? Those stone walls. The very same kind of walls that every building in Malta is made of had us hurting with an unexpected bout of homesickness for this little island. For its dusty limestone walls, flat roofed buildings, and European-meets-Middle-East feel.
Sitting in a restaurant in Paris, reminiscing about our favourite trip to Morocco, we missed Malta until my eyes watered a little (how embarrassing). Malta, you've put a spell on us.
If you had great Moroccan food, and Parisian baguettes, I would never leave.
BY THE NUMBERS
date: september 12
dinner & wine for two: €65
tip: book ahead, the restaurant was busy and we were just squeezed in.
contact: 69, rue des Gravilliers, 75003 Paris
tel: + 33 1 42 74 57 81
|cafe les arts et métiers|
ps. before dinner we popped by cafe les arts et metiers for happy hour. it was the nicest neighbourhood cafe we found in Paris during our visit, with the friendliest service. highly recommended!