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Dim Sum in Paris: Go straight to Chine Massena restaurant.

Dim Sum in Paris: Go straight to Chine Massena restaurant.

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.

Chine Massena
13, Place de Vénétie
(at the level of 18, Avenue de Choisy)
75013 Paris
tel: 01.45.83.98.88
Metro: Porte de Choisy

7/7
M-Th: 8.45am-11pm
F-Sat: 8.45am-1.30am
Sun: 8.45am-1am

For cocktails in Paris go to Le China bar

For cocktails in Paris go to Le China bar

Where can I get good cocktails in Paris? That is the question. Feeling like sipping on a dry Martini or a Lemon Mint Julep? A Rum Old Fashioned or a Side Car? Definitely check out Le China in Paris. I personally really enjoyed their Cosmopolitan. The fruit and juices they use for their cocktails are FRESH! It is also a restaurant that serves Chinese food—not straight up Chinese because it has some Thaï and Vietnamese flavors added to the mix. Remember, this is France after all… You can order dim sum and egg rolls as well as a beef lemongrass salad or a caramelized pork dish. The restaurant serves brunch on the weekend. Le China also has a space for live music in the basement called Le China Club. And last but not least there’s a cool little place on the first floor called Le Fumoir, a lovely area where you can sip cognac or drink tea and munch on Asian food while playing chess or backgammon.

Le China
50 Rue de Charenton
75012 Paris
tel: 01.43.46.08.09
Metro: Ledru-Rollin, Bastille

7/7
M-Sat: 6pm-2am (dinner served from 7.45pm-12am)
Sun: 12pm-2pm