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Bonjour Vietnam: Vietnamese food in Paris.

Bonjour Vietnam: Vietnamese food in Paris.

*UPDATE: CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP AND APPARENTLY NO LONGER THE PLACE IT USED TO BE.

Bonjour Vietnam in Paris is the place for really good Vietnamese food in Paris.
The restaurant has only 4 tables (2 for two and 2 for four)! You can make a reservation if you want to make sure you have a table.
Recently a few changes have been made to the menu and the prices went up a bit, but the quality is the same: top of the line. Make sure you order the Bo Bun—the best I’ve had so far (12€), the summer roll (beef roll for 12€) the Vietnamese pork crêpes (8€) and the ravioli (awesome).

Bonjour Vietnam
6 Rue Thouin
75005 Paris
tel: 01 43 54 78 04
Metro: Cardinal Lemoine

Mon-Sat: 11.30am-3pm / 4.30pm-10pm
Closed on Sunday

There’s an annex to this restaurant, same owner, same food, different cook (not always as good as the one on Rue Thouin) at:

Bonjour Vietnam
85 Rue du Cardinal Lemoine
75005 Paris
tel: 01.82.11.60.93
Metro: Place Monge, Cardinal Lemoine

Tues-Sun: 11.30am-3pm / 4.30pm-10pm
Closed on Monday

Au Bon Pho: authentic pho in Paris.

Au Bon Pho: authentic pho in Paris.

Located a few blocks away from the Beaubourg Museum, Au Bon Pho restaurant serves authentic and delicious food. The pho (7,50 €) is served with beef and tripe (as is traditional) and while the Asian customers will have it that way, the owner knows that most French people would prefer their soup without tripe and it is perfectly fine to ask for your pho without it. As for the bun bo (7,50 €), never before have I had such a generous portion of meat, and the perfectly cooked vermicelli was particularly enjoyable. Since papaya salad was on the menu we had to order it and it was better than expected: we asked for “really spicy” and that’s what we got, not the toned-down spicy-for-the-French. It also had plenty of that great strong fishy sauce, the kinda-good, kinda-bad fish sauce that Asian people love but westerners tend to frown at in large amounts. At Au Bon Pho restaurant, the cooks are dressed up in lab coats and hairnets, the walls are pink, the Asian customers are rowdy—it’s a lively place. The owner, a charming and talkative Laotian man who’s been living in France for the past 30 years, takes great care of his customers while still figuring out how to manage the growing number of patrons. Au Bon Pho opened in early March 2009, and serves all day seven days a week. For now.

Au Bon Pho
22 Rue au Maire
75003 Paris
tel: 01.42.72.88.32
Metro: Arts et Metiers

7/7
M-Sun: 11am-11pm

Pho and Bun Bo in Paris at Song Heng

Pho and Bun Bo in Paris at Song Heng

One summer, a few years back, we went to Song Heng restaurant for some Pho but the place was closed for the whole month (August in France…) We gave it another shot this week, and even though we thought we might arrive too late for lunch (it was 3.30pm) we got there half an hour before it closed. It’s a very small place with an even smaller menu: 3 tables of 6, 1 table of 4 and 2 dishes to choose from (Pho and Bun bo). When you walk in they sit you wherever there’s a seat left: you fill in the space. It’s like a human scale video game with the host placing its pawns as they walk in. And it doesn’t matter if you don’t know the person sitting in front of you, next to you and kitty corner from you because it’s France and you don’t have to make conversation. Depending on the angle you look at it, it might work for you or not. It’s non-vegetarian but you can order the Bun bo meatless “pour le même prix”, that is for the same price.

Song Heng
3 Rue Volta
75003 Paris
tel: 01.42.78.31.70
Metro: Arts-et-Métiers

M-Sat: 10am-4pm
Closed on Sunday and in August