I’ve known this place for years and I still remember the first time I went here. ‘Un petit boui boui sympa’, is how my friend Fred described it to me. My French being in its early stages back then, I had no clue what ‘boui boui’ meant, but I was intrigued anyway. It turned out Paris Féni is a charming little Bangladeshi restaurant, hidden away on a quiet square in the 11th arrondissement. It might not look overly impressive from the outside (‘Ça ne paie pas de mine’, as the French like to say), but trust me, it’s well worth a visit!
The menu is simple: mostly salads, chapati, and rice dishes plus a wide range of fresh fruit juices. There are a few daily recommendations as well and of course their home made soup which comes in a small or a big portion – with some fresh bread on the side. Personally, I’m a big fan of the soup and their chapati, especially the buffalo mozzarella and feta cheese ones (not sure how Bangladeshi the cheese part is though).
Whenever I’m in Paris now I try to go back to Paris Féni and I have to say, it hasn’t lost any of its charm. The food’s still as good as ever and the staff remains lovely. Portions are good (not to say big) and prices more than reasonable. I know this little ‘boui boui’ may be a little off the beaten track, but if you want something different for lunch (or dinner) it’s definitely worth the detour. Bon appétit!
Paris Féni, 15 Rue Ternaux, 75011, Paris.