September 28, 2017 Paris France Europe

La Cantine Libanaise: A Casual Lebanese Eatery in Paris

Non-smokers friendly

Phone Number: +33 1 47 44 07 29

Address: Centre Commercial Les 4 Temps, La Defense, Paris, France ( 11:00AM - 11:00PM)

Website: https://www.facebook.com/LaCantineLibanaise/

Price Range: 20-30 $

La Cantine Libanaise La Cantine Libanaise
3.3 out of 5 based on 1 professional review.

RATING:66/100

Welcoming: 3/5

Food Temperature: 6/10

Ambiance / Music: 6/10

Menu Choice: 3/5

Food Taste: 21/30

Architecture / Interior: 7/10

Food presentation: 7/10

Service: 6/10

Value for money: 7/10

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With two branches in Paris, one at La Défense and another at Val D’Europe, La Cantine Libanaise is a proud ambassador of Lebanese cuisine - at least the way French people like it. I came here with low expectations and left impressed by the quality of food and attention, which are way better than Noura, the direct competitor. Many of the sandwiches are prepared a la minute, good quality meat is served, fresh salads, an appetizing display, all in a pleasant ambiance. The restaurant is handled by a staff of young people making the experience fun and cool.

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White is the signature color, the restaurant's name is written in gold and neon lights. White tables and stylish chairs set around a food display. Shawarma, sandwiches, hummus and appetizers with a selection of Lebanese desserts and baklava.

Order, pay, grab your tray, choose a table and start eating. It's a fast casual Lebanese a-la-Francaise.

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The food:

  • A large sized sambousik stuffed with minced meat. A crunchy border and tender dough with soft meat that's juicy and lightly salty. It's a good for a sambousik sold in Paris.
  • The cheese rakakat reheated on demand are oily but offer a crunchy envelope and a generous heart of melted white cheese. It is also good enough for one found in Paris.
  • The shawarma: two layers of bread, toasted to crunch, the shawarma has a little more bread than what I like but is good enough! Tender - premium quality - beef, crunchy pickles juicy tomatoes and flavorful tarator. Bravo for creating a tasty shawarma in Paris. I felt proud and happy.
  • The Kebbeh is great! Super tender, non oily and rich, minced meat and pines, a thin envelope and a mushy heart. An equilibrium of spices creating an end note of perfection. Two thumbs up!
  • Shredded parsley, lemon, diced tomatoes and onions. For a tabbouleh in Paris using a quality of parsley that was never intended to create Tabbouleh because of its hardness, the tabbouleh has an interesting zesty touch and no borghol to avoid it being soaked. 
  • Manakish, crunchy with bitter zaatar. Sfi7a with spicy meat, the bites at La Cantine Libanaise are good!
  • The mashawi: even though prepared hours earlier and reheated, the kafta remained juicy and the chicken tender and soft. Enjoyed both!
  • The hummus was my least favorite. It lacked lemon and strength, it's too sweet for a Lebanese hummus. Good quality but not the real hummus, not an ambassador of our culture. I would put more effort into this plate.
  • The baba ghannouj is bad! Creamy to the limit of being unpleasant under the palate. It's more of a mashed purée which needs more body and texture.
  • Order the stuffed grapevine leaves; they're good!

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I like the name, the decor and vibes around here. There is a lot to improve but it’s good for what it is. I’ll recommend it to my French friends planning to have a Lebanese bite in Paris.

Suitable For: Quick Eats



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