Like many of my generation, I love Anthony Bourdain. I admire his savvy wit, eloquent descriptions and his courage to do whatever the damn he feels like. I respect his culinary wisdom and I full heartedly trust whatever he says related to food. Bourdain always makes fun of hipsters and foodies, but I know he knows without us, he’s nothing. I have this fantasy that I will one day one run into him in some faraway destination where he will invite me to some local grub and lots of beer.
I recently began watching one of his newer programs, The Layover. In his sarcastic splendor, he provides travelers a rough guide to sights, local tips and eatery recommendations within a 24-48 hour timeframe in a certain city.
The Paris episode (stream full episode) revealed not only the famous seafood hotspots and traditional bistros but also shed light on the 10th arrondissement of Paris. This neighborhood is one of the most ethnically diverse areas of the city and you can find everything from Senegalese to Bangladesh cuisine. Bourdain decided to open the doors to Urfa Durum, a Kurdish sandwich shop and wow, that stuff is good.
Each durum is made to order – the dough is rolled out, cooked in a stone oven while your kebab grill over crisping charcoal. A bed of arugula, tomato slices, fresh onion is gently placed on each durum with your choice of meat. There’s no sauce because you don’t need any. The rich flavor from the charcoal with the steaming flat bread is enough. It’s simple and executed perfectly. I knew this was going to be a good place when I saw the owner eating a durum himself as he prepared them for his customers.
56 rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis
Neighborhoods: Strasbourg-St Denis/Bonne Nouvelle, 10ème
Monday – Saturday: 12 – 10pm
Sunday: 12 – 9pm