You’re not here for the bare-bones space or the bare-bones service, you’re here for the fresh dumplings, pure and simple. They’re cheap, abundant, and most importantly, good.
There are usually 10 varieties on the menu including beef and turnip, pork and celery, shrimp & chive, and a great vegetarian mushroom option, all priced around €5 for a plate of 10, and served either grilled or boiled. The cucumber, peanut or noodle side salads are a good complement. Space inside is cramped, so plan on a short wait for a table, and don’t let the length of the queue put you off: Most are waiting for their goods to-go, no surprise when 100 frozen dumplings can be purchased for as little as €20.
— Catherine Down, January 2016
Address: 11 rue Civiale, 75010
Nearest transport: Belleville (2,11)
Hours: Closed Wednesday; Open Thursday-Tuesday 11am-10pm
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: 01 75 50 88 03
Average price for lunch: Less than 10€
Average price for dinner: Less than 10€
Style of cuisine: Chinese, Dumplings
Reviews of interest
Le Fooding (2015) “A l’intérieur: trois lanternes, un calendrier, un frigo, dix-huit places assises, et une porte… Par laquelle transitent de fantastiques raviolis chinois!”
Paris Bouge (2015) “Petit bonus pour les plus gourmands: des petites salades (à choisir selon vos envies) accompagnent les raviolis de cetet cantine chinoise de Belleville!”
Time Out (2013) “Steamed or grilled, with pork and courgette, with prawns, peppers, beef and celery, chicken, dry tofu, black mushrooms or white cabbage – it’s hard to choose between your ravioli dumplings. The cooking here isn’t sophisticated, but the restaurant serves simple, fresh ravioli for just a few euros – €4 for 10, €20 for 100.”
Hipsters in Paris (2013) “Steamed, grilled or submerged in soup, there are 10+ varieties on the menu at any given time. Our favourites are the beef/celery or the prawn/chive, made on the premises by the husband/wife team. But don’t let the price put you off. The dumplings are fresh and the service is snappy. “