The last time we saw her was in 2017. She had just started her catering business, and had specialized in oriental pastries. And what was striking about Malika Zouggagh-Harounit was this smile screwed to the lips, this overflowing energy, and this feeling that nothing could happen to him: everything was under control.
When we meet her again, these last few days, to talk about her new project, a restaurant in the heart of Roubaix, Mieline’s boss hasn’t changed an inch. ” I had to invent to move forward says this 39-year-old woman, welcoming us to her premises located a stone’s throw from one of the entrances to the MacArthurGlen shopping center, at the foot of the Tuileries residence, right next to the future sports recycling center.
This makes a year that Malika Zouggagh-Haroun prepares this opening, for which she called on the support of her customers and friends via an online kitty (4,000 euros). This place is the lab she needed. Because in recent years, Mieline has abandoned making pastries, her original idea, to focus on her catering business.
In addition to its orders from private individuals, it works more and more with Roubaix cultural institutions. La Condition Publique, the Coliseum, the Manufacture, l’Oiseau-Mouche, the Ballet du Nord, the Cave aux Poètes, many of them called on Mieline. ” The room was big, so the restaurant allows me to make better use of all that space “says Malika.
At the Mieline restaurant, from Tuesday, you can taste the homemade sandwiches – including the famous falafel panini – and good meals from Malika. Each day, a vegetarian dish and a non-vegetarian dish will be offered to you in a canteen atmosphere and guaranteed zero waste. The stainless steel cutlery, the glasses with your age inscribed on the bottom, the plates, and even the round tables, everything will make you think of the self-service of your childhood. ” I wanted to make a restaurant like no other, where you are served on your plate like in the canteen or at home she says, with that famous smile that would disarm the worst thugs on the planet.
What culinary style should we expect? In the style of Malika, inspired by world cuisine: traditional, asian, oriental, according to inspiration. ” These are my own recipes; my dishes are always made with local, seasonal products, and if possible organic “, she specifies. An employee has been recruited to serve customers, but it is Malika, and only Malika, who will be in the kitchen. ” No one touches my kitchen! she says, laughing. We can’t wait to taste it!
Restaurant Mieline: 2, mail de Lannoy in Roubaix, next to the side entrance of McArthurGlen. Prices: sandwiches at €6, dishes at €10 or €11.
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