The sixth is the center of our Parisian universe.  Though we take up just a tiny sliver of its 0.8 square mile (about 300 square feet to be exact), we have spent a large chunk of our dining hours within its boundaries, everywhere from hole-in-the-wall joints to nicer sit-down restaurants to the well-frequented Monoprix supermarket for a meal back at home.  There remain many known and unknown gems to be sampled but we have no doubt that we will get through most of them, or fail trying.  After all, we love eating as much as we love living where we live.
 
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Two Baguettes
   
Ayko
24, rue Saint-André des Arts
01.46.33.48.07
M° Saint-Michel

 
Euro - 8 or less
One of the countless traiteurs asiatiques that peddle everything generally eaten in one form or another in East Asia or at least perceived as such by people who don’t actually live or haven’t been to that part of the world.  A typical line up is as follows: an assortment of plates of various meat-based dishes (e.g., sweet and sour pork, beef with onion), some varieties of salad, a mix of starters (e.g., nems, dumplings), choices of accompaniments (e.g., steamed rice, fried rice, noodles), and, seemingly in vogue, a narrow spectrum of sushi that is mostly orange-colored salmon based.  The quality is, by virtue of trying to be the jack-of-all-trades, across the board.  The key is to find one you like enough for a certain dish and stick with it.
 
 
 
 
 
  The basics:  A menu express (6€) with a choice of rice or noodles and pork, beef, or chicken; here, it’s poulet à la sauce cantonaise.
 
 

 
 
 
With that preface, let’s talk about Ayko, whose name, we suspect, is a shameless riding of the japonais bandwagon.  (The proprietors are Chinese.)  Walk by one of these shops enough times and consume enough rich “French” food and one is inexplicable drawn into their orbit.  We traverse rue Saint-André des Arts on an almost daily basis and have had our fair share of foie gras and the like.  So, we found ourselves here one night and we succumbed to the eye-pleasing porc caramel (with rice as part of the menu express, 6€).  It turned out to be quite pleasant and quite possibly one of the finest fast-food versions we have come across, anywhere.  Thus, we stuck to that dish whenever the craving returns and order nothing else, especially not the faux sushi.  “This is the Panda Express of Paris,” summarized Nez, “just don’t be surprised if the first thing you see is sushi in the display case.”
 
 
 
 
 
  The basics plus:  A skewer of ground chicken balls to go with the porc caramel in the menu express.
 
 
 
 
 
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