Two weeks ago was my cheese naan phase : whenever I saw an indian restaurant, I needed a cheese naan. My Indian craze is not totally over and so I'd like to recommend a new gem and the best indien restaurant I've ever eaten in : La Pause indienne in Paris.
The restaurant is on the Boulevard de Magenta, near Gare de l'Est and offers halal food. It's opened in January 2015 and I really like the place for it's not too big : there are about 15 seats underground and ten seats upstairsnwhich is perfect to be with family or friends or even alone. I ate upstairs because the weather was pretty nice and also because the light was better to take pics (the blogger inside of me doesn't leave me anymore).
La Pause indienne is a really simple restaurant focusing on really fresh products, a kind of gastronomic fast food - I've heard and seen and read this term for burgers and in my opinion it does apply to this charming place !
There's a menu that has sandwiches, plates, sides and desserts but there are also daily specials with typical Indian dishes written on blackboards. I was hungry, I'd just gone shopping at Cookie's Makeup once more, I wazs craving for something filling, tasty, affordable and that I'd be able to eat quickly so I chose a plate that costs €9.90 and to which I added some things because I wanted to taste some new things too.
I really enjoyed the fact that this restaurant offers halal meat - that's not how it goes everywhere so I chose a €9.90 Pendjab Plate : chicken tikka, salad and a mix of fresh fries and fritters. I also chose a Maï Tea and a Rose Lassi that cost €4.90. I almost forgot... there was a naan included in the menu ! I chose a basic naan for I'd already chosen a cheese naan of theirs a few days ago and I wanted to taste something new.
The first thing I was brought was a plate of three sauces : from left to right, a spicy pickles sauce called atchaar, a tamarind sauce that was a bit sugary that I loved - my favorite out of the three - as well as a mint/coriander/yogurt sauce. I dipped the three fritters called Pakora I got in the sauces : one onion fritter, one potato and one eggplant fritter. I started by tasting the fritters by themselves and I was really stunned but how lightly spicy and tasty they were : I especially loved the onion one that matched perfectly the sauces in my opinion.
I got served a very colorful plate - the kind of thing I love to see - and I can't seem to remember in which fitness program I learned that the more colorful a plate is, the healthier it is but I thought of it as soon as I saw the stunning, almost artistic composition I was brought. The red chicken was so pleasant to see but what I mostly appreciated was the fact that the fries and the salad were actually fresh : it was easily noticeable that the grated carrots were hand grated carrots and not some weird industrial perfect carrots. The waiter which I believe is also the manager told me that if I wanted, once I got home, I could freeze or reheat the fries as I liked for they were not frozen fries.
Please let me tell you about the chicken now... It was perfectly cooked, juicy and so tasty that I'm not sure I've even ever eaten such a marvelous thing. If you think the pics are mouth-watering, that's nothing to its actual taste. The plate was full and it's impossible to be hungry still once you've left the place. I've been very touched when I was halfway through my meal : an old man came by and asked me what I was eating and after I told him, he went in and ordered exactly the same thing and was enjoying it still when I left ! Well, that means something.
While I ate all this, I tasted pieces of my naan with the different sauces - I didn't know what to eat first seeing as everything was so good ! On the other hand I can assure you that I prefer cheese naan over basic naans : the tasty cheese makes them really unique breads. And there's also something else : the cooks cook the naan before your very eyes ! The first time I went there, I chose a cheese naan to go and they put it in a brown paper that made the whole thing look even more authentic - once I got out of the restaurant, I took a bite and then another one and another one again - the bread was smoking hot with a bit of butter on it, the cheese was melting in my mouth, it was pure happiness. Cheese naans are life.
When I left La Pause indenne, I just couldn't swallow anything more and so I doggy bagged the rest of the meal and my rose lassi. I shared a pic on Instagram - this might very well be one of the best and most surprising things I've ever tasted. The waiter told me that there was genuine rose extract in it, whole milk and two yogurts - that's really refreshing, a perfect end to a perfect meal. But do you think this is it ?
I went back to La pause indienne yesterday and this time I chose the daily special - a fabulous butter chicken, a cheese naan, a salade, rice and a drink for €10.30.
Like the last time I went there, the plate was really colorful and made me want to eat all of it at once. I started with the cheese naan - I saw the cook/waiter making it behind the window and I was already salivating. It came smoking hot, with the cheese and the butter still melted inside and on it - just... yummy. I dipped it in the butter chicken sauce, a mix of curry, tomato, onion, dried fenugreek, a creamy, thick sauce and plain delicious. You have to know that the first Indian dish I ever tasted was the butter chicken and this is always my first choice when I go to an Indian restaurant and it's on the menu.
I strongly recommend this restaurant - if you want to choose a plate with the naan and a drink in a can, it'll cost about €10 which is an excellent price for a delicious restaurant in Paris. I'll be going back as soon as I can all the more because the three persons working there are really nice and patient - I don't often tip, I was broke thanks to (because of ?) the summer sales but this is typically the kind of service I'm eager to reward without hesitation. Have you ever eaten in La Pause indienne ? Are you tempted to try their dishes out ?
La Pause Indienne
58 Boulevard de Magenta
Opening hours : 11 am to 10h30 pm from Monday to Saturday
Phone # : +0033177177829
Website (under construction) : http://www.lapauseindienne.com/
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