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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Chez le Libanais
35, rue Saint-André-des-Arts
01.40.46.07.39
M° Saint-Michel

 
Euro - 8 or less
One can hover for a long time outside of this restaurant, which is no wider than a food stand, and just watch the food being made.  It starts with the dough flattening machine that turns a round glob of organic flour into a thin, round discus shell.  When that shell is baked on top of a convex stove it turns into a crispy sheet to wrap around whatever is to end up within its enclosure.  The whole process is as fascinating as it is long.  But such is the time one expends to be served with something as delicious and fresh as the Lebanese sandwiches here.

We typically come here to get what is officially known as a manakiche and a drink and then head for the river a block away.  It is almost always crowded but the folks running around in a frenzy behind the counter are extremely nice.  Sometimes, they ask for a name (Riot is known here as “Jean”); most of the time they add an intimate “ça va?” to the usual greeting.  Riot’s favorite is the charwarma viande (marinated lamb and beef, tomato, onion, parsley, pickled gherkin, and tarator sauce) (5.50€) with the addition of spicy harissa sauce.  When heated together and wrapped inside a crunchy shell it is divine.  Nez favors the le libanais (grilled chicken, cheese, mushroom, mayo, pickled gherkin, and thyme) (5.50€).  The cheese is a nice touch to the concoction.
 
 
 
 
 
  Healthy, balanced, and delicious:  The charwarma viande (5.50€), let’s head toward the river.
 
 

 
 
 
Eating these wraps on the go used to be a messy affair with the sauce dripping everywhere.  Someone at the restaurant had come up with the great idea of encasing the entire thing in a tubular plastic bag.  Now, all the messy juice simply collects appetizingly at the bottom of the bag instead of on one’s clothes.  Recently, we took a better look at the menu and realized that all of the wraps that we had eaten are actually “healthy and balanced.”  Who would have thought that something so good is also actually good for the body?.
 
 
 
 
 
 
  Not sure if this one will last until the Seine:  The kafta (4.50€) in mid-bite.
 
 
 
 
 
  Watching your meals being prepared:  Two charwarmas viandes on the convex stove top.
 
 
 
 
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