Silence is bliss at 1000 & 1 Signes
I don’t know if it’s the thought that this quaint place is hard to find for tourists like me or maybe the excitement of finding a gem in a hole in a wall restaurant in Paris or just the novelty that this joint is ran and patronized by deaf mutes. But coming to this place by taxi from our hotel in Champs Elysees to 1000 & 1 Signes at 42 Rue Rodier 75009 Paris, France to be exact (we paid 11 euros for the cab) I was immediately drawn to this place.
It’s essentially a small apartment in a seemingly artsy part of town. There are small retailers around the neighborhood. The day we got there, there was a little repair going on at the façade of the building of the resto. Nevertheless, we gamely went in. I have no idea what this place was, my hubby just googled it and thought this was a good place to experience for lunch. It was a highly recommended place by the trip advisor he read the night before. So off we went.
I honestly have no inkling or no expectations of this place. I just went with the flow, just like our whole European trip. Going in, I counted 12 small (around 2×2 feet) bright red tables plus a small open kitchen- that was the whole restaurant. So just to be sure in case you decide to visit, try to make a reservation. We didn’t have a reservation when we got there, and I was prepared to be turned away.
The owner cum waiter held a notebook; at the sleeve there were words asking if we have a reservation. We said no. But he still showed us to our table.
Luckily, the place was not yet full that time and we got in. But as we waited for our meal, people started pouring in and the place was packed when we left.
Looking around the place, in a corner, there was a group of around 10 people enjoying their lunch. They were quiet but obviously enjoying themselves, laughing and chatting, although there was barely any noise from their end. And little by little I understood what this place is and why it was named such.
The walls were adorned with framed pictures of people making gestures or signs as in sign language of words like couscous and sourd… it was unpretentious and homey and we loved it.
Checking our English menus, we ordered Moroccan salad that came with slices of French bread. The vegetables were crunchy and obviously very fresh and prepared simply and we loved it. Tomatoes, cucumbers, some basil and a little yogurt… It was presented in a simple bowl. My hubby chose the vegetarian dish; it’s a combination of squash, potatoes, carrots, and other fresh produce in the market that day. It was prepared curry-style. It was well cooked, fresh and very flavorful. I, on the other hand chose the day’s special, grilled leg of lamb with cumin. The lamb was tender and served with veggies on the side. The portions were generous and the food filling, even with the vegetarian dish.
After our meal, which we washed down with sparkling water and orange juice, we didn’t have room for dessert, not even coffee which we normally have.
Simple, organic, traditional cuisine, something we both welcomed during lunch that special day in Paris. The loving warmth that the place exuded translates to their service and especially to their food. It was a quiet meal that we enjoyed tremendously. We will definitely be back at the 1000 & 1 Signes on our next visit to Paris.