The French aren’t known for mincing words. In fact, their critical view of their own cuisine allows for an influx of different cuisines from around the world including a wide range of Asian options. At the forefront of these are some excellent Chinese restaurants. We have our top five picks below for the best Chinese restaurants in Paris so be sure to try them all on your next trip.
In the early days of the influx of Chinese food in Paris, Shang Palace opened in 2011 and earned a Michelin Star in 2012. They are the jewel of the Shangri-La Hotel serving up delicious food inspired by the Cantonese traditions of Southeast China. Their food is as authentic as any you’ll find outside of China and you can experience it in the main dining room or book a private dining room. Chef Samuel Lee Sum excels at rejecting the status quo and also challenges himself to go beyond what one would expect of his traditional cuisine.
With two locations in Paris, TaoKan is a fixture on the Paris Chinese food scene with their contemporary Chinese cuisine. Their delectable focus is on dim sum and, of course, their house specialty, teppanyaki. The perfect meal may start with the E Gan Bao, a brioche with foie gras, ginger, and chicken. You may also try the Guo Tie which is Peking chicken ravioli. Then move on to something like the Long Li, a pan-fried whole sole with a ginger-soy marinade. Everything on their menu seems to be tempting and perfectly delicious.
Having begun his career at age 17 as an apprentice cook, Chef Ma Wing Tak shares his passion for gastronomy through his traditional Cantonese cuisine at Lili at The Peninsula Hotel.
Incorporating typical Hong Kong specialties and putting the emphasis on fish, seafood, dim sum and authentic cuisine.
In Chinese culture, Lili is the imaginary character symbolizing fertility. The restaurant’s celebration of femininity is showcased in its delicate touch in the most delightful and also satisfying Cantonese cuisine.
Casual food often makes its way onto our lists of the best restaurants, but Huabu is next level casual as it’s more of a street food experience than casual dining. The beauty of Huabu is in its simplicity. A simple menu, fresh ingredients, cooks in plain sight preparing your meal and, of course, the instant gratification that comes part and parcel with street food. Fine dining, no, but something you’ll want to experience? YES! Our pick is the Pork Bang Beng (caramelized pork ribs) with some Baozi Pork (Chinese stuffed steamed pork boche) or Baozi Aubergines (Chinese steamed eggplant brioche) on the side.
In place long before the influx of Asian food to Paris, Passy Mandarin has been serving classic Chinese cuisine. They are recognized by the 2017 Michelin Guide and have been introducing dim sum to France from the beginning. Passy Mandarin describes their offerings as “a diversified and refined cuisine.”
Come and taste our Peking duck, the house specialty that will delight your taste buds. It is considered the best of Paris by the great Chef Joel Robuchon. The flavors and decor, in the purest Chinese tradition, make you travel!
Chinese food has become a constant in the Paris food scene and it is most definitely a worthwhile experience on your next visit to the city of lights. So, tell us, have you visited one of our favorites before? For more excellent Chinese options, read about London’s Top Five Chinese Restaurants.