Friday, August 26, 2016

Great Tabouleh. Even Greater Hospitality at Au Vieux Cedre

We were wandering down the street from the Musée Cluny to the Louvre when we came across this Lebanese restaurant.  I asked for some tabouleh and he put it into a big bowl for us to share.

But then he came over with some pita and dips - hummus, baba ganoush, and I'm not sure what the third one was.  Next he brought us cups of cold water. (It was in the nineties - high 30s C - today.)

By this time I'd learned that the man who was bringing such pleasure into our chance meal was named Moseafa, and like the restaurant, he's Lebanese, working for his uncle.  When I went to pay, he wouldn't take payment for anything more than the original tabouleh.  

I forgot to mention the baklava and another sweet as well as a falafel that he brought over for us to taste.

It's not a big place, but the food was great and the hospitality amazing.

Au Vieux Cédre.

On Rue Saint-Jacques..

Here's what it looks like from outside.


  1. Ah, a good food culture! Like Korean restaurants, there are a number of guest dishes provided without charge. Gene and I became regulars of a wonderful Lebanese restaurant in Melbourne when we where there for an International performance festival in 2006.

    It was licensed for alcohol and the owners had corkage fee so one could bring one's own wine (they dropped that once we became frequent diners). The food made for some lovely, long meals and we were able to chat with staff, too. And then the coffee!

    A cuisine that is easily enjoyed (without being wealthy) and offered with open hospitality. What's not to like?

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