Le Petit Dakar
On Rue Elzévir in the Marais district, near Rue des Francs-Bourgeois with its boutiques and Renaissance architecture, Valerie Schlumberger created La Compagnie du Sénégal et de l'Afrique de l'Ouest (Company of Senegal and West Africa) and Le Petit Dakar, which offers Senegalese and other cuisine. Its dark-gray façade contains two large windows, each with 21 panes, and “Le Petit Dakar” in gold lettering above the French doors. Inside, African art lends bursts of color to the cream walls around the natural-wood tables, chairs, and benches. The authentic cuisine includes yassa (chicken marinated in lemon and onions) and thiéboudiènne, Senegal's national dish that is made of rice with fish.