Paris' Best Asian Restaurants for Deliciously Exotic Cuisine

Paige Donner

By , Local Expert, Paris
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When I have a taste for Asian food, there are two neighborhoods I head to in Paris : Chinatown and Little Japan Town. The former is in the 13th arrondissement (Metro Olympiades) and is a whole street lined with Chinese diners where you can see people shoveling mouthfuls of sticky rice and spoonfuls of aromatic broth and noodles into their mouths. The street is anchored by Tang Frères, the Chinese grocery store emporium (a delight with a fantastic takeaway counter, too !).

For Japanese hankerings, I love to wander along rue St. Anne just off of Avenue de l’Opéra. This little neighborhood is chock full of noodle shops, yakitori...  Read more »

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    • Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Sushi
    • Average Main Course Price: €70
    • Neighborhood: 1er Arrondissement

    Even under its new ownership, Kinugawa maintains its legendary status in the French capital.

    Local Expert Tip: "Lunch does a brisk business here. The Bento boxes are a hit but pack a soft(er) punch on the pocketbook. "

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    Chinese haute-cuisine is a rarity in Paris. This is one of the singularly stellar examples of it.

    Local Expert Tip: "The absolute must-try on the menu is the LokLak beef. So tender and mildly spicy, it melts in your mouth. Also, note that to enter the restaurant, push the small silver button which makes the glass doors whoosh open in welcome. "

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    Toru Okuda

    This chef, Toru Okuda, can count a total of 5 Michelin stars between his two Tokyo restaurants. In Paris he now already has one.

    Local Expert Tip: "Appetizers and desserts are Chef Okuda's forté. "

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    Shang Palace

    • Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
    • Neighborhood: 16ème Arrondissement

    Chinese haute cuisine with a dedication to authenticity makes this a unique dining choice in Paris.

    Local Expert Tip: "Shang Palace is Paris's only Michelin-starred Chinese fine dining restaurant. (It has been awarded one star so far.) For a quick lunch try their Dim Sum menu. "

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    • Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Sushi
    • Average Main Course Price: €34
    • Neighborhood: 1er Arrondissement

    Quality sushi at affordable midday prices in central Paris make this a stop to keep bookmarked in your Paris Good Eats browser.

    Local Expert Tip: "Bis on rue Saint Augustin is another one of their outposts. It's just adjacent to Workshop Issé. The week's lunch menu is printed on their blog and the meal is served to all dozen or so diners sitting around the same table. Pretty awesome culinary experience. "

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    La Table du Vietnam

    The concept of gastronomic Vietnamese is a cutting-edge one in Paris. And La Table du Vietnam's convenient location puts it near the Eiffel Tower.

    Local Expert Tip: "People, not just me, rave about the house made candied ginger served as one of the desserts."

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    Miss Ko

    • Cuisine: Asian
    • Neighborhood: 8ème Arrondissement

    Philippe Starck designed 26 meter bar embedded with dozens of mini TV screens broadcasting multiple Asian news channels simultaneously.

    Local Expert Tip: "Lunch gives you better service and a more relaxed ambiance. Nighttime this place turns into a scene. "

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    Madame Shawn

    • Cuisine: Asian, Thai
    • Neighborhood: 11th Arondissement - Bastille Ca

    Madame Shawn is a one-woman-helmed, mini-chain of Parisian Thai restaurants.

    Local Expert Tip: "Desserts are fresh mango served by itself or with sticky rice coconut milk pudding. "

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    Blueberry Makis Bar

    Mr. Lu's soup is so delicate, so refined so different from Miso soup (which I love) that I would go here just for that soup.

    Local Expert Tip: "The Japanese Spritz, the house cocktail made from gin and yuzushu, washes down well with the pacific-inspired plates."

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    Mary Goodnight

    • Cuisine: Asian, Thai
    • Neighborhood: 16th Arrondissement - Auteuil Pa

    The name of the restaurant is taken from what Bond classic filmed in Hong Kong, Macao and Thailand? (Answer: The Man With The Golden Gun.)

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the whole shrimp dumplings in their lemony coconut milk broth. A lightly spicy and thoroughly delicious appetizer."



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