Farago, Maison Plisson, Pickled, Naàn

December 9, 2015By Heidi EllisonRestaurants

Lunching Out
Around Town


“Incredible eggs” at Farago.

It’s lunchtime again. Here are a few options for lunches that go beyond ordinary sandwiches and salads but won’t weigh you down with heavy plats du jour.

Farago is a trendy “pintxoclub” on the wonderfully calm Cours des Petites-Ecuries in the 10th arrondissement. A pintxo is a type of Basque or Spanish tapa, a piece of toast with something tasty on top. The day we went there, only four were on offer, not all of them technically pintxos. The tortilla was very good,


although it was rather gooey inside. In general, I think tortillas are rather bland anyway, however, and I preferred the others.

The “œuf incroyable” really did taste incredible: a plump egg cooked perfectly at low temperature sat atop a slice of toast slathered


with truffle cream, a delightful marriage. The piquillos farci (stuffed chilis) and txangurros (a crab preparation) were both very fine, although the latter should have been crabbier.

We shared the dessert of the day, an “entremet


passionata,” which turned out to be a tricolored cake that was okay but lacking in personality.

The restaurant also offers a €15 lunch menu that includes a pinxto, a main course and a drink (wine included). Not a bad deal.

Maison Plisson

Continuing the trendification of the Boulevard Beaumarchais begun by the opening of the concept store Merci in 2009, the Maison


Plisson is an upscale (and overpriced) fine grocery with an adjacent restaurant. I stopped in for a late lunch recently and tried a Scandinavian-style open-face sandwich on grainy toasted dark bread topped with


wonderfully unsalty pieces of poached haddock, yogurt/horseradish cream, red cabbage compote and wine-marinated raisins, served with a salad of mache (lamb’s lettuce). What a terrific combination of contrasting flavors and textures! I loved every bite, and it paired perfectly with the glass of Viognier I had with it. The large piece of chocolate cake I took home with me was slightly dry but otherwise tasty.


The lunch spot Pickled has not just one but three “concepts”: each plat du jour contains a pickled ingredient, as the name suggests, and


every week it is inspired by a different country and a different color theme. The day I ate there, the country was China and the color was orange. The dish – five-spice duckling with honey/soy/ginger sauce served with egg


noodles, soy pickles, miso-fermented daikon and golden turnips – was tasty enough but didn’t seem worth the pricetag of €12.50. The plat du jour is also available in the form of a baguette sandwich for €7.50.


Finally, I liked the (single) concept of a place called Naàn, which makes sandwiches with Indian naan (flatbread) as well as curries, but was disappointed by the result. Run by a lovely family, with Mom cooking in the kitchen, it is


homey and pretty, with cushioned banquettes, rugs, colorful photographs and attractive light fixtures. My “cochon naan,” however, with


pulled pork and apple sticks, contained too much meat that was far too dry. It was also fairly flavorless in spite of the menu promise of garam masala and raspberry mustard. This is a good idea that deserves better execution.

Heidi Ellison

Farago: 11, rue des Petites Ecuries, 75010 Paris. Métro: Château d’Eau. Open Monday-Friday for lunch and dinner. Saturday for dinner only. Fixed-price lunch menu: €15. Fixed-price dinner menus (for two people minimum): €20 and €30. A la carte: around €35. farago-pintxoclub.com

Maison Plisson: 93, boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003 Paris. Métro: Saint Sébastien Froissart. No reservations. Open Monday, 9:30am-9pm; Tuesday-Saturday, 8:30pm-9pm; Sunday, 9:30am-7pm. www.lamaisonplisson.com

Pickled: 54, rue Basfroi, 75011 Paris. Métro: Voltaire. Tel.: 09 72 50 04 55. Open Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm. www.pickled.fr

Naàn: 59, rue des Petites Écuries, 75010 Paris. Métro: Bonne Nouvelle. Tel.: 09 80 43 58 85. Open Monday-Saturday for lunch only. Facebook page.


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