La Chapelle is the name of the train station nearest to this area. It’s somewhat connected to Gare du Nord, the hub for northbound travel out of Paris. The busy neighborhood is crammed full of stores: sari shops, restaurants, bookstores, translation services… Most businesses I saw were Tamil-speaking, with Tamil signs, and walking down the street, I heard snatches of Tamil with a distinctly Sri Lankan lilt. There’s a sizable Sri Lankan Tamil population in France. (Wikipedia says 100,000, most in Paris, and refers to the area as a “Little Jaffna.) I heard more Sri Lankan Tamil when we ate in neighborhood restaurants. (We also ate at one Indian restaurant that was not in the La Chapelle area.) What did I eat? Well, the clear winner for novelty was my taste of naan fromage. My bite revealed it to be the gooey equivalent of Indien-French grilled cheese.
Read the rest of the post here. This got me thinking about Sri Lankan restaurants in New York City. Lakruwana and Tabrobane used to be two nice places in Manhattan, but both closed, leaving Manhattan sans Lankan restaurants. Sigiri, opened in the last couple of years, has filled the gap nicely, I hear. This article on AsiaFood.com lists the places to really find Lankan food in NYC: Staten Island.
Earlier on SAJAforum:
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