Besides the romance, fashion and beauty, food is another thing you shouldn’t miss out on in Paris. Many people have claimed that Paris is a culinary capital, so where should you go if it’s your first time visiting the City of Love? Here are 5 restaurants you should go in Paris to kickstart your Paris gourmet journey!
1. Le Kok
Wait, what? Why are we telling you to travel all the way to Paris for Vietnamese food? Well, if you’d paid attention during History lessons in secondary school, you’d know that many Vietnamese escaped to France during the Vietnam War. While they were living in France, the Vietnamese brought their culture into France through their cuisine.
Le Kok, located on 13th Arrondissement, is the most famous Vietnamese restaurant in Paris. The main dish, usually the pho, is rich in flavour; the bean sprouts, coriander and basil add on to its lovely presentation. Unsurprisingly, the restaurant sees a long queue everyday, thus you’d have to wait in line for quite a while before getting seated.
In addition to its yummy food, Le Kok provides its customers with FREE appetisers too — a huge platter of bones, cartilage and meat. The meat has been boiled over so many times, and has become so tender, that you can effortlessly pull it off its bone. Be careful not to eat too much though, or you’ll probably be full by the time your main dish is served!
Address: 129 Bis Avenue de Choisy, 75013 Paris, France
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 12:00 – 23:00
Price Range: €8 – €15
2. Reuan Thai
For authentic Thai food in Paris, Reuan Thai is your place to go! Here are some of our recommendations:
Red Curry Chicken
Consisting of a complementary blend of coconut milk and a variety of spices, the red curry gravy is sweet, spicy and savoury all at once. The chicken is perfectly tender, and the carrots and potatoes are equally as soft. The portion of this dish may be a little small though, but that means you’d get to try out more dishes!
Grilled Beef Tongue
While beef tongue is generally not something people would eat on a normal basis, this is a dish highly recommended by the restaurant owner. The crispy, yet soft, roast beef is served with sweet and sour sauce on the side, thus making it an interesting dish.
Address: 36, rue de l`orillon 75011 Paris
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 12:00 – 14:00; 19:00 – 23:00
Price Range: €10 – €25
3. Café de la Poste
In Paris, brunch is taken very seriously. There are many cafés serving everything, from small bites to full course meals.
One of the more popular food choices in Café de la Poste is “Miss cook”, a French-style cuisine. It started was due to an error that the restaurant owner made while trying to make a ham sandwich baguette. He thought that mistake was interesting and decided to start selling it as a product.
A series of errors made by the chef created a beautiful French fusion of white sauce accompanied by toasts, ham, eggs and many classic cheese dishes.
Address: 124 Rue de Turenne, Paris, France
OpeningHours: Monday to Saturday 09:00-02:00; Sunday 09:00-17:30
Price range: €8 -€15
4. La Famiglia di Rebellato
Upon getting a seat in the restaurant, the waiter will serve you a bread basket with bottles of seasoning at the side. We’d recommend you to try their homemade chilli olive oil, because we think that goes the best with their bread sticks!
Carpaccio de Jambon de Parme Parma ham slice
Parma ham, a slightly salty, strong flavoured ham, is probably one of the world’s most popular ham. The whole production period for making parma ham takes about nine months or longer. Add a parma ham and some olive oil to your bread for an interesting flavour!
Rigatoni de 4 Formaggi
A combination of four kinds of cheese in different proportions brings out this simple yet flavourful dish. The four kinds of cheese are mozzarella which is mellow, ricotta which is just like condensed milk, Gorgonzola which is a good-nurtured blue cheese with a heavy taste, and Parmigiano-Reggiano, a cheese known for its nutty flavour and crunchy texture.
Inside this pizza pillow is white cheese sauce and fresh tomato sauce coated with an outer layer of mozzarella.
Address: 37 Rue Berger 75001 Paris
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If you’re not looking for Western food in Paris, consider Bollynan, an Indian restaurant. It’s always full house and the food never lets you down. Upon entering the store, you will be able to see an Indian master making a naan.
There is a huge variety of dishes to choose from, ranging from Masala curry flavoured chicken or beef to grilled salmon entrees. Aside from the main course, there is also a wide range of side dishes to choose from, such as creamed spinach, broccoli, rice or potatoes and many others.
For a rich and delicious meal to cost only around 9 to 10 euros, it’s not surprising to see this place filled with office crowd after working hours. In the same district, there are also many other restaurants and shops that you can visit.
Address: 12 Rue des Petits Carreaux, 75002 Paris
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 11.00 – 23.00
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