Do you feel like travelling but are lacking time to go on a holiday? Do you like Asia but do not have enough money to get a plane ticket? If so, this list of 20 great Asian restaurants in Paris has been drawn up for you: all you need to travel inexpensively are efficient taste buds!
- 4 Chinese Restaurants
- 3 Japanese Restaurants
- 3 Korean Restaurants
- 6 Thai And Vietnamese Restaurants
- 4 Indian Restaurants
4 Chinese Restaurants
Trois fois plus de piment
184 rue Saint-Martin, 3rd district
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 12pm-3pm and 7pm-11pm, Sunday 12pm-3pm and 6:45pm-11pm
Main courses between €10 and €13.
This restaurant serves food from Sichuan, a region in the south-west of China that is famous for its hot peppers. The name of the restaurant, literally “Three Times More Pepper” says it all: once you have chosen what you want to eat (mainly noodles – the restaurant was awarded “Best Noodles in France” by the Fooding guide in 2016), the waiters ask how much hot pepper you want on a scale from 1 to 5. Do not overestimate yourself: level 2 is already very hot! If you have sensitive taste buds, you can ask for level 0. The menu is quite short, but there is something for beef lovers, pork lovers and vegetarians too!
Les jardins de Mandchourie
34 allée Vivaldi, 12th district
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 12am-3:30pm and 7pm-11:30pm
Set formulas between €10 and €20, average “a la carte” price €18
Once again, the name says it all: Les jardins de Mandchourie (“The Gardens of Manchuria”) specializes in Manchurian traditional food (from the north-east of China). The little extra of this restaurant is that its menu breaks the mould by serving unusual dishes that we are not used to eating in traditional Chinese restaurants, where the cooking can be a bit conditioned. Here, you will be able to taste, for instance, garlic water bindweed, wild rice stems and rapeseed sproutings for a highly competitive price.
La Taverne de Zhao
49 rue des Vinaigriers, 10th district
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 12am-2:30pm and 9pm-10:30pm
latavernedezhao.com (webpage in French)
Average price between €15 and €20
You will relish the surprising and subtle flavours of this small restaurant (no more than thirty covers) serving Xi’an’s traditional cuisine (Xi’an is the capital city of the Shaanxi province, located in the eastern part of China). One small detail: it is a pity that it is impossible to make a reservation beforehand. However, the service is fast and efficient and the food is really worth waiting for. If you are in a hurry, or if waiting is simply too much for you, you can come in early at the beginning of the service.
10 avenue d’Iéna, 16th district
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 12am-2pm and 7pm-10pm
Set formulas between €48 and €128, average “a la carte” price €100
This restaurant is not a palace only by the name: we have to admit that a meal here is a bit expensive, but the price is justified by the quality and the quantity of the food, by the warm welcome, the fancy decoration, and the efficient service. Unlike the three previous restaurants, you will not find the specialties from one Chinese province in particular on the menu, but subtle flavours coming from all over China. A warning for claustrophobic people: you can feel a little bit uneasy as there is unfortunately no window and the light is softened.
3 Japanese Restaurants
Kotteri Ramen Naritake
31 rue des Petits-Champs, 1st district
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 11:30am-10pm
Average price €11
Once more, the name of this place says it all: it exclusively serves ramen, a traditional Japanese dish made of noodles, broth, pork and egg. Once you have chosen what kind of ramen you wish to eat, the waiter attending you will ask you how much grease you want! It is indeed the grease from the broth that brings all the taste of the ramen.
We strongly advise you to go in advance since there is always people queuing in front of this very small restaurant, and for a good reason: the noodles and the broth (shoyu or miso) are homemade, and the bowls are generously filled but affordable. Naritake is very popular among the Japanese in Paris, which is an undeniable sign of quality. The waiting time is quickly rewarded, all the more so as the service is fast (bowls are ready in no more than 10 minutes). A charming little extra is that you can see the cooks, and even eat at the counter in front of them. Let there thus be no doubt that everything is truly fresh and homemade! We therefore strongly recommend this place, which is unanimously considered to be the best ramen restaurant in Paris!
5 rue des Batignolles, 17th district
Monday 12am-2:30pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 12am-2:30pm and 7pm-9:45pm
Average price €30
The eating room is very small (there are only a dozen covers), so we strongly advise you to make a reservation if you do not want to risk coming for nothing and missing the excellent sushis and sashimis that are the house specialty. You will also be able to relish delicious bentos.
272 rue Saint-Honoré, 1st district
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 12am-2:30pm and 7pm-10pm
Between €15 and €60
The lucky ones who have had the chance of going to Japan probably know the famous Tokyo restaurant Nodaïwa, that was funded by the end of the Edo era (1603-1867) and which has been run by the same family since then. Well, you have to know that Paris Nodaiwa really is a satellite of this prestigious restaurant! The house specialty is the unagi: a grilled eel dipped in soy sauce and set down on a bowl of white rice, a simple but delicious meal that is hard to find in France.
3 Korean restaurants
5 rue d’Argenteuil, 1st district
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 12am-2:30pm and 7pm-10pm
Between €15 and €30
If you like spicy food and foreign flavours, you will not be disappointed by this Korean restaurant looking oddly like a New-York loft with girders, school chairs, exposed brick wall, and wooden furnitures. The plates are generously filled and you will not regret eating here.
78 rue des Tournelles, 3rd district
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 12am-2:30pm and 7pm-10:30pm
Average price €40
Surprising dishes mix with classic Korean food such as bulgogi (marinated then grilled beef or pork meat), kimchi (fermented hot peppers and vegetables), and bibimbap (rice, beef and vegetables sauté and seasoned with hot peppers) in this stylish but sober restaurant.
L’arbre de sel
138 rue de Vaugirard, 15th district
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 12am-2:30pm and 7pm-11pm
Average price €20
Traditional Korea has arranged to meet you in this restaurant, through the plate, the decoration and the zen atmosphere surrounding you as soon as you step foot in this place. You can choose from among a selection of Korean alcohols to drink with your meal: beaksejou (ginseng and ginger alcohol), bokbunja (raspberry alcohol), chungha (rice alcohol), sansachun (rice, corn, and herbs alcohol), maewhasou, and mechisoun (plum alcohol).
6 Thai and Vietnamese Restaurants
These two kinds of restaurants meet in the same category because many Thai restaurants serve Vietnamese food and vice-versa.
91 rue de la Tombe Issoire, 14th district
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 7am-10:30pm
Average price €17
At first sight, this restaurant does not look much – the front window is practically non-existent and the decor is simple. But do not trust appearances – in the kitchen and on your plate it is a real explosion of flavours! They always welcome the customers warmly, the team is very nice, the service is very efficient, and the price-quality ratio is unrivalled. Plates are generously served and, even if you are already full, you really should try the delicious Thai custard.
Silk & Spice
6 rue Mandar, 2nd district
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 12am-2:30pm and 7:30pm-10:30pm
Set formulas between €20 and €58, average “a la carte” price €41
The cooking in here is just like the decor – simple and refined. The elegant little extra is that the cutlery is handmade by Thai craftspeople. The menu is varied, the service is efficient, and you can even order take-away. In 2014, the restaurant edited its own recipe book, which you can buy for only €18.
51 rue Saint-Sauveur and 38 passage des Panoramas, 2nd district, 32 rue Delambre 14th district, 39 rue Cardinet, 17th district, and 10 rue Marie Stuart, 2nd district (“Monsieur K”)
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 11:30am-3pm and 6:30pm-11pm, Saturday, Sunday 12am-3pm and 6:30pm-11pm
www.kapunkaparis.com (webpage in French)
Average price €20
“Kapunka” means “Thank you”, and that is all the Thai you need to know! Thank you for the good food, thank you for the service, thank you for the reception! The decor is simple and allows room for refined cooking where the classic Thai cooking can be found: mikati, satay skewers, papaya salad, and pad thai, but also some Vietnamese choices such as the famous spring rolls. There is a vegetarian option for almost every dish, and even some vegan options.
14 rue Coypel, 13th district
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 12am-3pm and 7pm-10pm
Average price €18
We present to you this time an entirely Vietnamese restaurant, considered by many to be the best Vietnamese in Paris. We value the efficient service, the warm welcome and the waiters’ teaching skills (they explain what the dishes are for those of you who are not accustomed to Vietnamese food), and above all the quality of the food. Everything is fresh and homemade, even the deserts (which is rare enough to be noted). The spring rolls, for instance, are rolled on demand, which is a token of freshness. There is a large selection of vegetarian dishes, and the price-quality ratio is very good.
13 rue Philibert Lucot, 13th district
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 12am-14:30pm and 19pm-22pm
Average “a la carte” price €12
The setting of this restaurant is not the best, but the situation is retrieved by the food, especially with the pho soups which are the house specialty. There are vegetarian and vegan options and it is possible to order for take-away.
Les Trois Crabes
17 rue Claude Tillier, 12th district
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 12am-2:30pm and 7pm-10:30pm, Sunday 7pm-10:30pm
Lunch formula €12.50, average “a la carte” price €20
The chef of this restaurant comes from the north of Vietnam and learnt to cook with her grandmother; so it is genuine traditional Vietnamese cuisine that you may taste in this place. There is no fuss with the decor in this simple but welcoming place, nor in the way the food is plated up. The portions, however, are generous and delicious.
4 Indian Restaurants
95 rue de Richelieu, 2nd district
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 12am-2:30pm and 7pm-11:30pm
www.newjhelum.fr (webpage in French)
Average price €25
The New Jhelum is an Indian/Pakistani restaurant that is very popular among the Indian population of Paris, which is a token of high quality. There is a vast choice of traditional dishes from Indian cuisine, each perfectly prepared. A generous Indian brunch is offered every Sunday at noon for €25. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the atmosphere – the welcome is warm, and the service is fast.
36 rue de Chabrol, 10th district
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 12am-2:30pm and 7pm-11:30pm
Average “a la carte” price €16
Kashmir House is also an Indian/Pakistani restaurant. The house specialties, strongly recommended by the chef, are chicken tandoori and kashmir lamb. The set formulas are generous and will surely fill you up. The Indian flavours and background music will make you travel all the way to India for a very reasonable price!
19 rue du Télégraphe, 20th district
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 11am-12pm
www.aarchna.com (webpage in French)
Average “a la carte” price €20
This time, Aarchna is an entirely Indian restaurant offering a very (very) large choice of take-away or eat-in dishes in Bollywood-like decor. This restaurant has been an institution of Indian cooking in Paris for over 20 years, which goes to show the quality!
Baranaan Indian Cocktail
7 rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin, 10th district
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 6:30pm-2am, Friday, Saturday 6:30pm-4am
Average “a la carte” price €25
This is an entirely Indian restaurant too, but also entirely vegetarian and organic, and specializes in naans – an Indian traditional galette. Portions are generous and the atmosphere is nice. After relishing your meal, you will be able to enjoy this atmosphere a bit longer, since this place is also a cocktail bar.
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