Miznon is hard to write about, because once inside, it’s hard to describe what’s going on. To figure out the menu, or the structure, can take some doing. It’s better just to go in with blind faith and have the experience, without trying to control or understand it.
That said, I’m not a picky eater but I do like structure. So since I’m not a regular at Miznon, on my first visit I had to unravel what’s on the menu since it’s a jumble of words and phrases. In other words, don’t expect a precise list with menu titles in this post. But if you go, the counter people are helpful, if hurried. And the experience is part of the fun. (If you’ve been to Tel Aviv, where Miznon originated, you know that some of the best places to eat are more free-wheeling than restaurants elsewhere.)
The bœuf bourguignon (below) is their recreation of the French classic, as a sandwich. Chunks of ultra-soft beef with braised vegetables are stuffed into pita.
The sandwiches aren’t overly copious, and in the Marais, the other sandwich and falafel places pack more into their pitas, although the quality isn’t as high as it is at Miznon. I have to say, I like their newer place in the 10th arrondissement by the Canal St. Martin, over the one in the Marais (near all the falafel shops) as it has a little more space and it less-cramped. (It also has a bar.) They’ve also recently opened a 3rd spot in Paris, in the 9th. (Their three Paris addresses are here.)
As hectic as it can get, the young staff is usually in good spirits, helpful, and friendly. If you try to order off the blackboard, you’ll not have a clue as to what’s on the menu. At the register, where you order, there may be menus that offer up a little more information…but not always!
Vegetarians have plenty of options here, including falafel plates, a half-dozen sandwiches, as well as whole roast cauliflower, sweet potatoes, and steamed artichokes. If you’ve been to Israel, where Miznon originated, you understand how important fresh vegetables are to Middle Eastern cuisine, so here in Paris, they give as much attention to their vegetables as they give to their non-vegetarian guests.
I haven’t tried everything on the menu, but on my last visit, I found a seat and ate my Erotisserie (below), a pita filled with rotisserie chicken with aïoli and green onions, balancing the green hot sauce, a drink, and plenty of napkins, while I enjoyed my sandwich.
22, rue des Ecouffes (4th)
37, quai de Valmy (10th)
3, rue de la Grange Batèliere (9th)
M: Grands Boulevards