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Chinese Restaurants in Paris (巴黎中国餐馆)

The best Chinese restaurants in Paris. 巴黎最好吃的中国餐馆。 Google Maps list: https://goo.gl/maps/zBkmPaU1wLP2

  1. Introduction
  2. Similar lists
  3. How to order
  4. France
    1. Paris
      1. Tier 2
      2. Non-Chinese
    2. Marseille
  5. UK
    1. London
    2. Cambridge
    3. Sheffield
  6. Sao Paulo, Brazil
  7. Montreal, Canada

Introduction

My girlfriend is a Chinese foodie, and she showed me what real Chinese food is. Here go the best.

Paris has one of the largest Chinese communities outside of China, and there must be around 10~20 restaurants which serve food unlike anything you have ever eaten.

Similar lists

How to find good restaurants

  • talk to Chinese foodies
  • Chinese foodie websites
  • sinophile foodie websites (like this)

Sites like Google reviews and TripAdvisor are useless for this and will recommend you places in which non-Chinese like to eat at.

If you go out on the street by yourself, you are very unlikely to find really good Chinese food.

If there are only Chinese people inside the restaurant, it is a good indicator that it might be good.

  • Traiteurs are simpler restaurants that let you see pre-made foods in a glass showcase for you to choose how big your portions will be.

    They are the best way to eat a cheap and balanced meal in Paris, but I have never found one that serves exceptional Chinese food.

  • "Asian" restaurants which mix either of Chinese / Japanese / Vietnamese / Thai are very rarely very good.

    Conversely, restaurants that specialize in a single region of China are more likely to be good (bot not certainly good).

    It is already difficult to do the cuisine for one part of China well, imagine for multiple countries.

    Just beware of "Sichuan" restaurants: their cuisine is so well known even in the West that I've seen many not so good restaurants that describe themselves like that, even if the owners are from another region. But there are many good ones which really are from there as well.

Beware of restaurant owner changes: if the menu looks a bit different, it has likely happened.

This is politically incorrect, but here goes: if the place looks as if it is maintained by more recent immigrants, and looks more modern, it is more likely to be good. There are however some venerable older uncles who have cooked well their entire lives and are still fine.

How to order

For all restaurants, ask the waiter for suggestions. Tell him that you:

  • want the most typical dishes, not what the French eat, but what the Chinese eat

  • can eat spicy food, way more than any French person can.

    The term is either "zhong1 la2" (medium spicy) for most restaurants, and "wei4 la4" (little spicy) for very spicy places.

    If you can't eat spicy, either learn or stop reading now and accept the fact that you will never eat good Chinese food.

  • if the restaurant is from some region, ask for dishes from the region, and which are different from other regions.

    I was once given jiaozi (super popular dish everywhere in China which I buy frozen and eat every 3 days) in a Tibetan restaurant... Yes, I do believe Tibetans also eat jiaozi! :-)

  • Speaking a little Chinese goes a long way towards convincing the owners that you can handle the real thing.

Only order dishes with meat. Those without are not worth the money / time. Aubergine is the exception.

France

法国

Paris

巴黎

  • Restaurant Sichuan (川里川外)

    17 Rue le Peletier, 75009 Paris

    Xianglaxie.

    Last checked: 2017/06

  • Chez Yong (Ding Ding Xiang, 鼎鼎香)

    42, rue de la Colonie, 75013 Paris

    • shui zhu niu rou
    • dishes with intestines
  • La Chine sur la langue (舌尖美味)

    163 rue Saint-Denis, 75002 Paris

    • Spicy soup with Chinese charcuteries. Ma la tang.
    • Large dry and thin bread. Jing dong da bing. 京东大饼. Picture.
  • Quatre Amis (那家小馆)

    29 rue de Charenton, 75012 Paris

    • Fried octopus
    • Shui zhu niu rou
    • Anything with intestines
  • Le Céleste Gourmand (福来居, fu lai ju)

    8 Rue de la Tacherie, 75004 Paris

  • L'Orient d'Or (福源丰)

    22, Rue de trévise, 75009 Paris

    • Galettes croustillantes au canard (xiang su ya dai bing, 香酥鸭带饼)
    • Poisson pimentee (suan tang yu, 酸汤鱼)
    • Soupe aux cartilages de porc avec algues (hai dai pau gu tang, 海带排骨汤)

    Hunan style.

    25 euros / person.

  • Carnet de Route

    57 Rue du Faubourg Montmartre, 75009 Paris

    Last checked: 2016/04

  • 0 d'Attente (锅先生不等位)

    55 Boulevard Saint Marcel, 75013 Paris

    +33 9 81 49 68 06

    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g187147-d6984996-Reviews-0_d_Attente-Paris_Ile_de_France.html

    Like style of chairs and cutlery.

    Ironically, the service was not particularly fast as the name indicates. Normal, but not ultra fast as I imagined :-)

    lotus with rice (Nuo mi tang ou) and boeuf sechee (guo xian sheng ...) not very good, but baked fish and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meigan_cai kaorou were great.

    Last checked: 2016/02

  • Autour du Yangtse (食尚煮意)

    12 Rue du Helder, 75009 Paris

    • Marmite de poisson et de tofu (豆花鱼)
    • Saliva chiken (口水鸡)
    • Aubergines farcies sur plaqua chauffante (铁板脆皮茄)

    http://www.autourduyangtse.com/

  • Deux Fois Plus De Piment (绝代双椒)

    Address: 33 Rue Saint-Sébastien, 75011 Paris

    Sichuan style.

  • Délices de Shandong (山东小馆)

    88 Boulevard de l'Hôpital, 75013 Paris

  • Hakka Home

    3 Rue Voltaire, 75011 Paris

    Food from the Hakka people https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hakka_people

    Most dishes are like other good Chinese restaurants in Paris, but there were a few different ones.

  • Maison Dong (东馆)

    36 Rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris

    Last checked: 2017/04

  • Royal Tching Tao (青岛人家)

    8 Rue du Bel-Air, 75012 Paris

    • Galettes croustillantes au canard. Shi zi tou.
    • Sweet fish (Song shu gui yu 松鼠桂鱼)
  • Le Pont de Yunnan (滋味云南)

    15 Rue Notre Dame de Lorette, 75009

    Great food, but we had a bad service experience: got kicked out too early, even with a reservation.

  • Tien Hiang (天香)

    14, rue Bichat, 75010 Paris

    Vegetarian food: most dishes are an imitation of a dish with meat.

    Not as good as the original meat for me, but very interesting and good for a change.

    Chinese vegetarians are rare. In theory, the origin of the food in this restaurant is Hong Kong Buddhism (Buddhist monks cannot eat meat, while other believers can.)

  • Likafo (利口福酒家)

    39 Avenue de Choisy, 75013 Paris

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/LIKAFO-%E5%88%A9%E5%8F%A3%E7%A6%8F%E9%85%92%E5%AE%B6/139814799396

    Meigan cai roast pork (梅菜扣肉) http://img.epochtimes.com/i6/901120923161469.jpg

  • Restaurant Sichuan (四川人家)

    31-33 Rue Descartes, 75005 Paris

    Perfect Fuqi feipian.

    Huiguorou is good not my style, I prefer with leek.

    Last checked: 2017/04

Tier 2

Cheaper / simpler restaurants that are really worth it if you want to not be hungry, but not worth it if you want eat exceptional food:

  • Ace Boucherie

    58 Rue Sainte-Anne, 75002 Paris

    Korean take-away traiteur. Very good. Try calamar.

    Last checked: 2017/06

  • Ji Bai He

    108 Rue Olivier de Serres, 75015 Paris

    Jiaozi and accompanying small dishes are great.

    Last checked: 2016/03

  • SUCREPICE

    5 Rue d'Arras, 75005 Paris

    M10: Cardinal Lemoine

    Liang ban mian, but do ask "wei la, they are strong.

  • Noodle No 1

    54 rue Sainte Anne, 75002 Paris

    • Soupe aux nouilles pimentées
  • Noodle bar

    31 Rue nationale, 75013 Paris, France

  • Chez Shen

    39 Rue au Maire, 75003 Paris, France

  • Dosanko Larmen

    40 Rue Sainte-Anne, 75002 Paris

    Order big portion at your own risk. :-)

    Last checked: 2017/04

  • Chez Mamie (外婆家)

    18 Rue du Grenier-Saint-Lazare, 75003 Paris,

    Last checked: 2017/06

Non-Chinese

Supposing that there is a correlation between liking Chinese food and the following...

Jewish:

  • La Boutique Jaune de Sacha Finkelsztajn.

    27 Rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris

    Pastry shop.

  • L'As Du Fallafel and other nearby fallafel shops.

    32-34 Rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris

    The most basic fallafel dish.

Mexican:

  • Anahuacalli

    30 Rue des Bernardins, 75005 Paris

    Tacos de la Merced.

Korean:

  • bekseju Village France

    53 Boulevard Saint-Marcel, 75013 Paris

    Last checked: 2016/03

Marseille

马赛

  • Shanghai kitchen

    14 Cours Jean Ballard, 13001 Marseille, France

UK

英国

London

伦敦

  • Little Wooden Hut (小木屋)

    Little Newport Street - WC2H 7JJ (Chinatown)

    Not yet on Google maps so I don know the number, but the street is very small so should be easy to find.

    Chinese review: http://www.ukchinese.com/News/2016-05-07/15299.html

    Last checked: 2016/08

Tier 2

  • Chinese Tapas House

    Little Newport Street - WC2H 7JJ (Chinatown)

    Not yet on Google maps so I don know the number, but the street is very small so should be easy to find.

    something bin guo zi - interesting fast food

London Non-Chinese

  • Masala zone

    9 Marshall St, Soho, London W1F 7ER

    Thali.

    Last checked: 2017/06

Cambridge

剑桥

  •   Spring Restaurant (春天)

    66 Mill Rd, Cambridge CB1 2AS

    Spicy chicken with pasta and potatoes.

    Last checked: 2017/08

  • Seven Days (天天美食剑桥)

    66 Regent St, Cambridge CB2 1DP

  • @72 China

    72 Regent St, Cambridge CB2 1DP

    douhuaniurou 豆花牛肉, kaoyu.

  • Golden House

    12 Lensfield Rd, Cambridge CB2 1EG

    Meicaikourou, luobo bing.

Sheffield

谢菲尔德

  • China Red Restaurant

    3 Rockingham Gate, Sheffield S1 4JD, United Kingdom

    Last checked: 2016/06, shuizhuyu.

Sao Paulo, Brazil

圣保罗,巴西

  • Chuanxiangyuan Restaurante (川香园餐馆 )

    R. Barão de Iguape, 47 - Liberdade, São Paulo - SP

    Eat the big fish dishes, they are worth it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuqi_feipian was not very good.

    Free tea was good.

    Rice could be better.

    Owners are actually from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tianjin , not Sichuan, as implied by the 川 in the name of the restaurant. GF told me that those big fish dishes are typical from there.

    Last checked: 2016/01/09

Montreal, Canada

加拿大蒙特利尔,加拿大

Last checked: 2016/01

  • Cuisine Szechuan

    2350 Rue Guy, Montréal, QC H3H 2M2, Canada

  • Kanbai

    1110 Rue Clark, Montréal, QC H2Z 1K3, Canada Good

  • Délice oriental

    1858 Rue Ste-Catherine O, Montréal, QC H3H 1M1

Not worth it:

  • Chez Chili

    1050B rue Clark