Happy Chinese New Year!
It is now the Year of the Dog, in case you missed the change. But no matter what time of the lunar calendar or if the moon is waxing or waning, this Mama (and family) always craves Chinese food, especially dumplings, dim sum and anything spicy.
If you crave good Chinese food, here are 10 recommended restaurants in Paris very worthy of your taste buds.
Delices de Shandong
Try Delices de Shandong (also listed as Empire of Ravioli) for yummy, handmade, Northern style dumplings in a no-frills setting. Outdoor sidewalk seating is available too for sunny days. This place is the real deal.
86B Boulevard de l’Hôpital, 75013 Paris
Chinatown Olympiads is an institution in the 13th arrondissement. It’s large, serves traditional Chinese food and has really nice staff. They have tasty and fresh Dim Sum (aka Yum Cha) that you order off the menu, like classic BBQ pork buns, ‘xiao long bao’ and shrimp dumplings.
44 Avenue d’Ivry, 75013 Paris
La Chine Massena
Tucked away in a far corner of the drab Massena shopping mall is a true gem! We were surprised and so happy to find that this popular restaurant has actual Dim Sum service trollies wheeling around the restaurant, something we have not seen at other restaurants in Paris. They had a decent variety of Dim Sum and it was fresh and tasty.
13 Place de Vénétie, 75013 Paris
Ji Bai He
We recently tried Ji Bai He for their handmade dumplings. Feeling hungry, we ordered the all-you-can-eat ravioli menu, and opted for a variety of steamed dumplings including fish and black mushroom, pork and chive, and pork and coriander. All the dumplings were delicious and we were impressed. It’s near the expo center at Porte de Versailles, and lucky for us it’s in our neighborhood, so we will be back.
108 Rue Olivier de Serres, 75015 Paris
Le Royal China
A clean, modern interior, the staff here aims to please. It has become one of our regular Dim Sum weekend spots. Overall, it’s a great restaurant for Cantonese food.
85 Rue Beaubourg, 75003 Paris
If you are looking for a crowd-pleaser, you can’t go wrong with a dinner at Iris. We crave their mouth-numbing lamb skewers and they have loads of other traditional home style Chinese dishes, like sweet and sour pork, whole fried sea bass and dry fried green beans. It’s good for vegetarians too. The location is central, they’re friendly and it’s inexpensive. Win win and win.
183 Rue Saint-Martin, 75003 Paris
Trois Fois Plus de Piment
184 Rue Saint-Martin, 75003 Paris
If you can bear the line, or get there early, the authentic spicy Sichuan noodles at Trois Fois Plus de Piment are totally worth it and pretty worthy of their award for Best Noodles 2016 by Le Fooding. If you can’t be patient, then go across the street to Iris (above) for traditional Chinese food.
A hole in the wall, with no inside seating, they have authentic fried soup dumplings that can be spicy or not. They are great for a warm-up snack on the go! Be careful though, they can be addictive.
91 Rue Beaubourg, 75003 Paris
Carnet de Bord
Carnet de Bord is our go-to place for spicy Sichuan food. You must try the chili oil Chengdu dumplings (did I mention we love dumplings?). They also have a tasty spicy stews. It gets crowded, so go early.
11 Budapest Street, 75009 Paris
La Taverne de Zhao
A bright little place with really friendly staff. La Taverne de Zhao serves modern Chinese street food from Xi’an. Try their ‘pousses de platycodon’ salad or their specialties, the ‘Liangpi’ sesame cold noodles or ‘Momo’ pork, duck or vegetarian sandwiches. They take pride in their Chinese tea menu, which is plentiful.
49 Rue des Vinaigriers, 75010 Paris
Wishing you a wonderful year, with happy, full bellies, while you eat your way through Paris… Bon Appétit!