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

Siseng

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.

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
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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

Likafo

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
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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

Tricotin

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…”

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
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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…”

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.