Category Archives: Chinese

Empire Celeste

The best way to understand the underground appeal of Empire Celeste is by comparing it to another well-known Parisian Chinese restaurant, Davé. Offering run-of-the-mill Chinese cuisine in a cramped, kitchy red interior, Davé is notoriously popular with the fashion set. Its walls are festooned with images of the proprietor arm-in-arm with Yves Saint-Laurent, Mick Jagger, and Kim Kardashian. Empire Celeste, run by three generations of the Wang family since the restaurant’s founding in 1953, is the Davé of another peculiar subculture: the natural wine crowd.

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Ravioli Chinois Nord-Est

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

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trois fois plus de piment |

Trois Fois Plus de Piment

Practical information

Address: 184 rue St Martin, 75003
Nearest transport: Rambuteau (11)
Hours: Closed Monday; Open Tuesday-Sunday for lunch and dinner
Reservations: Walk-Ins Welcome
Telephone: 06 52 66 75 31
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Chinese, Szechuan
Facebook   Instagram

Reviews of interest

Time Out (2016) “On choisit ensuite son plat de pâtes (avec ou sans soupe) comme les Dan Dan (porc haché, cacahuètes, ciboulette) en indiquant le degré de piment que l’on souhaite sur une échelle de 1 à 5.  La serveuse, sans doute habituée aux Parisiens jackass, nous conseille d’opter pour un niveau 2 : et franchement c’est déjà assez hardcore. Outre le piment, le bouillon est très parfumé, les nouilles fraîches et le porc délicieux.”

Le Fooding (2015) “Dedicated to Sichuan noodles and ravioli (100% homemade), the miniature menu written out by hand is pretty similar to the one at the mother house: pork dumplings served with chaozhou (a bitter and spicy sauce) or in a soup; really good noodles with ground pork in a sauce that’s been slow-cooked with grilled chilies; vermicelle noodles in vinegar.”

Thrillist (2015) “The second outpost of beloved Deux Fois Plus de Piment, this indo-chinese restaurant will provide the spice you so rarely find (but so desperately need.)”

Paris Bouge (2015) “Les moins aventureux opteront pour le niveau 1, avec des raviolis sichuanais à la pâte maison fondante et élastique comme il faut : le piment titille gentiment. Les nouilles Dan Dan relèvent un peu le jeu : des nouilles à la belle mâche, un juteux porc épicé, des cacahuètes qui croquent et une touche acidulé avec le vinaigre de riz. Niveau deux surpassé. Les plus audacieux se risqueront au niveau 5: défi lancé.” >> Read More

Chicken bao burger at Siseng in Paris |


Burgers are ubiquitous in Paris, but the unique ones at Siseng are worth seeking out. The house specialty is bao burgers: five spiced beef patties with tamarind and tempura onion or a crispy chicken filet with coconut milk & basil on steamed Chinese buns. It’s pan-asian fusion that (mostly) works. Cocktails & sides were uneven. Crunchy risotto balls infused with a lingering lemongrass flavor were a surprising success while the sweet potato fries could have stood another round in the fryer. An evening visit on a weekend found the tiny, Canal-side space slammed with a young, international crowd, but service stayed funny & warm under pressure albeit somewhat forgetful. There are no reservations so it’s better to go in small groups and be prepared to wait.

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Boutique Yam’Tcha

In late 2014, Yam’Tcha (the restaurant) moved and its  former space converted into a tea salon and to-go window selling delicious steamed buns (bao). Adeline Grattard’s Franco-Chinois take on les brioches vapeur includes fillings like Comté with sweet onion, Basque pork with Szechuan eggplant, shrimp with gauchoï, spicy shiitake & veg, and surprising bite of Stilton with Amarena cherry. Pick up a single bun for 3-4€ or get an assortment of 5 for 16€. They’ll steam them on-site for you, or you can take them home and steam them yourselves in 3-5 minutes. They’re also selling bottles of house-made XO sauce in three varieties, plus tea for drinking on site or making at home.  >> Read More

Shang Palace Cantonese restaurant in Paris |

Shang Palace

Practical information

Address: 10 avenue Iéna (in the Shangri-La hotel), 75016
Nearest transport: Iéna (9)
Hours: Closed Tuesday & Wednesday; Open Thursday-Monday for lunch and dinner
Reservations: Book a week or two in advance
Telephone: 01 53 67 19 92
Average price for lunch: 52€ or 78€
Average price for dinner: More than 100€
Style of cuisine: Chinese, Haute cuisine
Website   Facebook   Book Online

Reviews of interest

Figaroscope (2015) “En provenance directe de Canton, nouveau chef pour la table chinoise du palace. Et la cuisine de suivre un ton plus aigu, enrichie d’inédits et toujours aussi minutieuse à révéler ses classiques.”

Note: these reviews are from the previous chef’s tenure.

L’Express (2012) “…ces bouchées frites ou cuites à la vapeur sont ici des petits bijoux aux proportions si parfaites qu’on les croirait factices…”

Alexander Lobrano (2011) “There’s simply no place like this in Paris, both in terms of the cooking and almost as importantly, the atmosphere…flawlessly attentive but exquisitely discreet service…”

Le Figaro (2011) “…les fils de saveurs en préciosités Paris-Pékin…Canard laqué façon pékinoise : haute couture du genre. Epatante carte de dim sum au déjeuner.”

Chez PtiPois (2011) “…c’est bon, très bon…Saluons plutôt les efforts du chef et de ses assistants pour reproduire le plus exactement possible la cuisine d’un grand établissement hong-kongais. Maintenant, je sais que ça existe à Paris.”

Photo via Shang Palace’s Facebook page

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Likafo restaurant in Paris via Facebook |


Practical information

Address: 39 avenue de Choisy, 75013
Nearest transport: Maison Blanche (7)
Hours: Open every day 12pm-midnight
Reservations: Walk-Ins Welcome
Telephone: 01 45 84 20 45
Average price for lunch: €10-19
Average price for dinner: €10-19
Style of cuisine: Chinese

Reviews of interest

Chez Ptipois (2012) “…un des meilleurs cantonais de Paris sinon le meilleur…très séduit par ce porc haché cuit à la vapeur avec une garniture de maquereau salé-fermenté…Tendre, onctueux, savoureux mais éminemment corsé…”

Ann Mah (2008) “The shrimp wonton soup (soupe de raviolis aux crevettes, 7.50€, photo above) comes crowded with 10 huge wontons, each stuffed with tender chopped shrimp and seasoned with a judicious burst of pepper.”

 Photo via Likafo’s Facebook page

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Tricotin restaurant in Paris |


Practical information

Address: 15 avenue de Choisy, 75013
Nearest transport: Porte de Choisy (7, T3)
Hours: Open every day 9am-11pm
Reservations: Walk-Ins Welcome
Telephone: 01 45 84 74 44
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Chinese

Reviews of interest

Hipsters in Paris (2015) “Basically its busy, vibrant, disorganised, inexpensive and (usually) delicious. Go in with reasonable expectations about the service and decor and you will exit supremely satisfied.”

John Talbott (2014) “… a Chinese/Cambodian/Laotian/Thai/etc. place on the Southern edge of the city that is one of our two friends’ favorite Asian places.”

David Lebovitz (2014) “If you’re looking for a pitcher of real iced tea, unsweetened… this is the real deal… unlike the take-outs around town, the dim sum here is made in-house.”

 L’Express (2012) “Service rapide et prix raisonnables…”

Chez Ptipois (2005) “…une des meilleures adresses de Paris pour les dim sum…” >> Read More

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Les Delices de Shandong

Practical information

Address: 88 boulevard de l’Hôpital, 75013
Nearest transport: Campo Formio (5)
Hours: Closed Wednesday; Open Thursday-Tuesday for lunch & dinner
Reservations: Walk-ins Welcome
Telephone: 01 45 87 23 37
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 20-39€
Style of cuisine: Chinese

Reviews of interest

Alexander Lobrano (2012) “I’d say that if you were only going to go to a single Chinese restaurant in Paris, it should be Les Delices de Shandong…”

L’Express (2011) “… anguille ou crabe sautéau piment, soupe de raie mijotée et tofu, vermicelles au porc mijoté, raviolis vapeur aux légumes, au porc, au boeuf ou aux crevettes… Les mets jouent l’équilibre parfait entre exotisme et authenticité, dépaysement et excellence…”

Le Figaro (2008) “Il en faut plus pour effrayer la clientèle à 95% asiatique qui attaquera ensuite avec plaisir des intestins de porc frits ou des langues de canard… Optez de votre côté plus prudemment pour les remarquables pousses d’ail sautées au porc…” >> Read More

Shan Gout Restaurant in Paris | Paris By Mouth

Shan Goût

This tiny, highly regarded Chinese restaurant veers from the usual family style format, offering a limited-choice, three-course menu.

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Mapo Tofu at Deux Fois Plus de Piment restaurant in Paris |

Deux Fois Plus de Piment

This is one Chinese spot that doesn’t cater to the French palate. There are signs above the cash register that attest to this fact and warn about the potential gastronomic woes that could ensue after eating the pepper-laden Szechuan fare. Whether it’s soft Mapo tofu with crumbly pork bits or cold, sesame soaked cucumber salad, everything is slicked in fire oil, with an emphasis on the oil. I like this inexpensive, informal joint all the same (or perhaps because of it). Pork raviolis & spicy cabbage are two perennial favorites, and the broccoli with garlic provides a nice respite from the burn. You can choose your own heat level on a scale of 1-5 on most dishes. Level 3 is usually tongue-searingly warm enough for a spice lover. The restaurant is quite small so a larger group should plan to either eat early, book ahead, or take it to-go.   >> Read More

Lili Cantonese restaurant in Paris photo via their website |


Practical information

Address: 19 Avenue Kléber, 75016

Nearest transport

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L'Orient d'Or restaurant in Paris |

L’Orient d’Or

Craving a little heat? Head to this address for chili-laden Hunanese fare. If you want their chicken Zuo Zang-tong — General Tso’s chicken — be sure to call a day in advance and let them know.

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Les Pâtes Vivantes Chinese restaurant in Paris |

Les Pâtes Vivantes

Practical information

Address: 46 rue du Faubourg-Montmartre, 75009
Nearest transport: Le Peletier (7)
Hours: Open every day for lunch and dinner
Reservations: Walk-Ins Welcome
Telephone: 01 45 23 10 21
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Chinese
Website   Facebook

Additional location

Address: 3 rue de Turbigo, 75001
Nearest transport: Étienne Marcel (4)
Hours:  Open every day for lunch and dinner
Telephone: 01 40 13 08 04

Reviews of interest

Table à Découvert (2013) “Tout est mélangé et se déguste avec envie. Sauce un peu sucrée, mais surtout bien serrée, petits morceaux de porc confit délicieux, nouilles irrégulières dans la forme et si bonnes, coriandre, ciboule, céleri, carotte, concombre, le bonheur pour 9,50 €!”

Patricia Wells (2011) “The satisfying and amazingly long, alabaster handpulled noodles are prepared right in front of  you…we headed straight for the heat, their spicy “crevettes touchant la ciel,” a giant bowl of  soothing wheat noodles teamed up with squares of soft tofu, Chinese cabbage, shrimp in the shell, and plenty of Sichwan peppercorns…I was in seventh heaven!”

Alexander Lobrano (2008) “This little cubby hole of a place where a cheerful Chinese lady spins fresh noodles from long coiled wands of dough all day long is a charming spot that’s become a big hit with everyone…My lunch menu include a small salad, two grilled ravioli, and a generous spool of fresh noodles in delicious, flavorful bouillon garnished with fresh coriander, thin slices of beef, bean sprouts, tofu, chili paste and an errant vegetable or two…”

David Lebovitz (2008) “Not only is Les Pâtes Vivantes not expensive, but a bowl of their handmade noodles in soup, or stir-fried with beef, tofu, and chili pepper, is pretty satisfying…”

François Simon (2008) “Des “pates vivantes”, c’est à dire étirées à la main devant vous. C’est tout petit, donné (9,90€ le large bol au boeuf) et sincèrement dans les buées de cuisson…” >> Read More

La Taverne de Zhao restaurant in Paris |

La Taverne de Zhao

Cheap and cheerful cooking from the Shaanxi province, courtesy of Zhao, who hails from Xi’an. Get the pork-filled flatbread.

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Lily Wang

This is no longer included among the favorite 350 addresses that make up Our Guide to Paris Restaurants. We’ve maintained this page so that you can refer to the practical information and other reviews of interest. Feel free to share your own opinion in the comments.

Practical information

Address: 40 avenue Duquesne, 75007
Nearest transport: Saint-François-Xavier (13)
Hours: Open every day
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 53 86 09 09
Average price for lunch: 35-49€
Average price for dinner: 50-99€
Style of cuisine: Chinese
Special attributes: outdoor dining, open Sunday, open Monday

Reviews of interest

Patricia Wells (2011) “Alas, 168 euros poorer and barely sated, we left wondering what this place was all about. Food no better than any Parisian Vietnamese carryout. Rubbery pork dumplings, dipping sauces that tasted like ketchup, tasteless shrimp…”

Alexander Lobrano (2011) “Thick velvet curtains…Hoi An style silk lanterns, floral murals and low softly lit tables was attractive….Main courses were excellent…I loved my Iberian pluma (pork tenderloin) marinated in fish sauce, lacquered in spice…Pity it’s so expensive, or I’d likely go back often.”

Emmanuel Rubin – Figaroscope (2011) “…les fantasmes d’une Chine glamour. Décor tamisé tendance Lotus bleu (sans Tintin, Chang et l’opium) et nourritures « exochic » bravement cosmétiques.”

François-Régis Gaudry – L’Express (2011) “A chaque clin d’oeil de Lily, ça fait bling-bling. C’est In the mood for Love version Saint-Trop’…La meilleure entrée ? Ces Shangaï jian jiao, des raviolis de porc frits…dont le secret fait toute la différence : ils sont garnis de saucisse de morteau…” >> Read More

Happy Nouilles Chinese restaurant in Paris |

Happy Nouilles

This is no longer included among the favorite 350 addresses that make up Our Guide to Paris Restaurants. We’ve maintained this page so that you can refer to the practical information and other reviews of interest. Feel free to share your own opinion in the comments.

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Q-Tea (Closed)

The name is cute but the homestyle Chinese cooking is serious at this minuscule address, run by a chef from Shanghai. BYOB, or wash it down with tapioca-filled tea.

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Whether or not you believe YOOM serves the most authentic dim sum in Paris may depend on whether or not you've been to Hong Kong. Now with two locations, the original on rue des Martyrs, and an outpost in the 6th.

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