This is not a Chinese/Vietnamese/Thai/Laotian restaurant—for those who don’t know it yet, most of the French Asian restaurants are a mix of all of those cuisines! Chine Massena is a Chinese restaurant in Paris, specializing in Cantonese food. It can serve up to 800 people and often hosts weddings, with all the perks that such a place has to offer: a dance floor and a karaoke! When walking in, do not look for the white people there aren’t any—that’s the first sign that you are in the right place. The second sign is the dim sum cart circulating around the tables with the bouchées vapeurs (that’s French for dim sum) made on the premises. The menu offers much more, such as hot pots, soups, rotisseries, barbecue, and fresh seafood from either the salt water tank or the river water one. If you don’t know what such and such dim sum is called in French (i.e: a pork bun is called brioche au porc) and you can’t order in Chinese, just look and point at what you want. At Chine Massena the quality and authenticity of the food is as good as can be found in the San Francisco Bay Area—the best of course being in China.
13, Place de Vénétie
(at the level of 18, Avenue de Choisy)
Metro: Porte de Choisy