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Burke and Wells May 14, 2002 02:21 PM

Hey hounds!

Thanks to everyone who helped us find glorious sushi here in Paris (Isami, on the Isle St. Louis, really hit the spot).

Now we need to find great Chinese food. Any suggestions? A great Cantonese place, a great Mandarin place, all regions, all styles, just so long as it gets your stamp of approval, post it here!

Thanks as always!


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    mc michael RE: Burke and Wells May 14, 2002 02:53 PM

    Don't know if this will owrk, but I'm trying a link to some Michelin one stars. For Vietnamese, you want Tan Dinh, 60, rue de Verneuil in the 7eme.

    Link: http://www.viamichelin.com/viamicheli...

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      mc michael RE: mc michael May 14, 2002 03:21 PM

      OK, so that didn't WORK. How about this?
      Print the list

      Name Category Address City

      Clovis 14 r. Beaujon Paris 08
      Chen-Soleil d'Est 15 r. Théâtre Paris 15
      Céladon 15 r. Daunou Paris 02
      Tang 125 r. de la Tour Paris 16

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        kirk wallace RE: mc michael May 15, 2002 07:25 PM

        has anyone been to Chen-Soleil? I keep wanting to try, but since its not open on Sunday, and since we alsways have more restaurants we want to go to than meals available when we are in Paris, it always loses out to Trou Gascon (and in the upcoming trip to Hiramatsu).

        as for Vietnamese, I prefer Kim-Anh in the 15th to Tan Dinh (although it obviously doesn't have the cellar that TD does).

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          Grog RE: kirk wallace May 15, 2002 11:02 PM

          Kirk-I will be at Hiramatsu in 2 weeks. Can you offer any commentary?

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            kirk wallace RE: Grog May 20, 2002 12:15 PM

            i look forward to your report; as i said, Hiramatsu is on our list for our next upcoming to Paris (july).

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        Louisa Chu RE: Burke and Wells May 15, 2002 01:54 AM

        Tricotin in the old Chinatown in the 13th. Good, cheap, fresh, authentic food.

        Found it by asking around - what a relief it was to speak Chinese and not French for a while. Stayed because it was a big, noisy, crowded, family and student filled room - just like home.

        Most Asian restaurants in Paris are pan-Asian - no specific country much less specific region or specialty. Except Japanese - they're usually just Japanese. So expect Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese and sometimes even Indian dishes at so-called Chinese restaurants.

        And expect smaller portions than stateside - as is the case in most of the world - so order more.

        And they do call Chinatown "Chinatown" in Paris - not "Ville de Chine" - go figure.

        15 av de Choisy, 13th
        Mº Porte de Choisy

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          David Russell RE: Louisa Chu May 15, 2002 02:26 PM


          Do they speak Cantonese or Mandarin at Tricotin (I'm fluent in the former from having lived in Hong Kong for a couple of years, and lousy in the latter as a result of having only studied it in the classroom)?

          Thanks in advance.


          David Russell
          Santa Barbara, CA

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            Louisa Chu RE: David Russell May 15, 2002 04:47 PM


            We settled on Cantonese. But we also heard quite a bit of Mandarin - and Vietnamese.

            It's a complicated mix of languages and dialects out there these days. Not like when I was growing up in Chicago, when you saw an Asian face in Chinatown, more than likely they spoke Cantonese.

            Now I have to throw out a sampler of Cantonese and Mandarin and sometimes get something I understand back but not always. It's funny how no matter where we are in the world, the default language even amonst Asians is often English.

            And I believe you are the perfect person to comment on Tan Dinh. Do they have any Chinese dishes there or just Vietnamese? Though I believe you've already thoroughly depleted their legendary wine cellar, n'est-ce pas?

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          Ron in Worcester RE: Burke and Wells May 16, 2002 09:39 PM

          Have you ever heard of Mirama? It's a little hole-in-the-wall kind of place on the Rue St. Jacques--just up from the river. It doesn't look like much from the outside, and the decor sure won't win any international design competitions. But the food!! Some of the best Chinese I've ever had, and at bargain prices. I recommend it very highly.

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            rubym RE: Burke and Wells Jul 3, 2006 01:59 PM

            i have been to Mirama, it was awful. Like you i grew up in HK and am on an eternal search for a decent chinese restaurant in paris, i have tried many but none decent, the majority are chinese + thai + vietnamese + japanese without anything authentic from any of the countries. if anyone has any other suggestions i am really homesick and crave some decent yum cha!

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              Busk RE: rubym Jul 3, 2006 05:38 PM

              Pretty much sums it up. This ain't the US or London. I've been looking for a decent dim sum place or Cantonese seafood house in Paris for years. I am hoping some decent Chinese chefs who want to give it a go in Paris will heed my call. But please no 8 euro buffets. We want the real stuff with decent ingredients and some talent in the kitchen. Maybe, I need to head deep into Ivry to find something. At least, I can buy all the right ingredients at Tang Freres and Paris Store.

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                rjkaneda RE: rubym Sep 20, 2006 01:50 PM

                Mirama isn't bad -- I've been going there for 20 years. The shrimp dumpling/noodle soup is an outstanding starter.

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                  PBSF RE: rjkaneda Sep 20, 2006 03:16 PM

                  I agree with Mirama. It is probably the only decent place in the 5th. It may not be a place for a grand dinner, but their noodle of all types, dumplings, Chinese BBQ are quite good. Their other dishes are comparable to many similar places in SF. And one won't run into the Thai/Vietnamese/Chinese pan Asian menus of it's neighbors.

              2. Gary Soup RE: Burke and Wells Jul 3, 2006 02:37 PM

                Four years too late to help B&W, but since this thread just started bubbling again, I'll throw this useful link into the pot.


                I'd be most intrigued by the Salon de Thé Wenzhou. The isolated coastal city of Wenzhou has a peculiar "French Connnection" (in food and otherwise) that's been noted even in the Chinese media:


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                  JmVikmanis RE: Gary Soup Jul 3, 2006 09:07 PM

                  Thanks for the wonderful link. We'll be in Paris 10 days at the beginning of August and my husband will undoubtedly go on a hunt for Chinese food somewhere after the second or third day so this will be very helpful.

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                  annie RE: Burke and Wells Jul 3, 2006 09:35 PM

                  For fantastic family style Cantonese - head to:

                  39 AVENUE DE CHOISY 75013 PARIS
                  01 45 84 20 45

                  They speak both Mandarin and Cantonese.

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                    clipper7 RE: Burke and Wells Jul 8, 2006 09:14 PM

                    I can highly recommend TANG's in the 16th district. It's a very refined Chinese restaurant and Charlie Tang, the owner, and his wife, are simply the best. It is pricey though - 150 Euro for two, including a good wine.

                    1. Withnail42 RE: Burke and Wells Aug 4, 2006 02:39 PM

                      Chen came highly recommended from a Michelin exec. I have also heard others say very good things about it. However I have not yet has the pleasure myself.

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                        belsha RE: Burke and Wells Sep 5, 2006 12:48 PM

                        Does anyone know a good SICHUANSE restaurant in Paris? Seems hard to find since french people are allergic to spicy food....

                        I confirm that LIKAFO is a GREAT place, my favorite here. Tricotin is OK, and CHEN is good, but very expensive.

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                          carriephoto RE: belsha Sep 22, 2006 09:22 AM

                          check out Cheng Du for good sichuan chinese. it is on blvd sebastopol just 2 minutes north of metro strasbourg st. denis. not at all diet food but a good place for a loud and boisterous dinner party.

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                          poncho RE: Burke and Wells Sep 18, 2006 10:14 PM

                          It's very rare (impossible) to find a passable Chinese restaurant outside of the 13th or Belleville. (I've had mediocre luck at the one on rue St Jaques mentioned above). As noted they usually "specialize" in Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, and Cambodian, all at once...

                          I've found an excellent indicator of quality is to check the menu for meduse (jellyfish), pattes de poulet (chicken feet) and langues de canard (duck tongues). A restaurant with those items will be chinese and not an amalgam.

                          Best bet for familial informal chinese is Fleur de Mai on Avenue Choisy in the 13th.

                          Better selection and relatively good quality is Sinorama.

                          There is actually a dim sum restaurant that has carts in the 1th (New Nouilleville). But the two times I was there there were so few people there that there were practically no carts, and those that did circulate just had the same stuff you could get in any traiteur asiatique.

                          Someone mentioned Tricotin. Just behind it in the courtyard are aquartet of restaurants. I prefer the New Hoa Khan to Tricitin, less crowded and more Chinese than French who prefer the Tricotin.

                          BTW, when in a restaurant in Paris and you don't want food toned down for french palates,you have to ask for the food to be prepared "comme chez vous". And repeat it a couple of times. it's the only way I've been able to get a passable Indian or Thai meal.

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