The 10 best East Asian restaurants in Paris

Though far from the culinary capitals of East Asia, Paris boasts amazing Asian food.

by Michael Carl Budd

From haute fusion that inflects French classics with exciting new flavors from the far east and southeast of Asia to no-nonsense noodle soups and nems, these ten restaurants represent the best East Asian food Paris has to offer.  From haut-de-gamme to cheap eats, there's something for every palate at every price point.  

French classics reimagined with Japanese and Southeast Asian flavors
4, rue des Grands Augustins, Paris

At Ze, chef William Ledeuil puts ingredients native to Asia—galanga, ka-chaï, Thai basil, turmeric, and wasabi—in "service of French classics," according to the Michelin Guide, which has awarded the restaurant one star.  The wok plays an enduring role in the theater of the every-changing menu.  The menu découverte is "an invitation to travel," the best way to experience the full range of flavors Ledeuil expertly combines.

Ze Kitchen Galerie
The perfect marriage of French and Cantonese cuisines
4 rue Sauval, 75001 Paris, Paris

Be prepared to reserve well in advance for a meal at star chef Adeline Grattard's Franco-Cantonese highly acclaimed Yam'Tcha.  Innovative flavors are paired with exquisite teas (there's even a tea sommelier on hand).  Departures love past dishes  from the "the nightly tasting menu [like] wok-fried langoustines with duck egg, lettuce cream, and yellow tomatoes."

French cuisine with Japanese touches
52, rue de Longchamp,Trocadero, 75116 Paris

Recently reopended Hiramatsu serves excellent French cuisine and makes this list largely because of the subtle Japanese touches that distinguish the restaurant.  It was the first Japanese-run and -owned restaurant in Paris to receive a Michelin star and for good reason: Gayot describes the fare as "a light, delicate and transparent cuisine; a food whose tastes are underlined with the simple juices emanating from its preparation, aromas expressed by their contrast, and cooking respectful of textures."

Michelin-starred Franco-Japanese fusion in the 5th
12 Rue de l'Hotel Colbert, 75005 Paris

Michelin-starred Sola transforms high-quality local ingredients into exquisite dishes that mingle the Japanese and French culinary traditions.  Its subterranean dining room is cavelike and intimate, creating a unique ambiance.  Unfortunately, they've recently suffered a fire, but we're confident they'll come back better than ever soon.  Keep your eye out for their reopening.

Easy on the wallet, hard to get enough of: the best Vietnamese in Paris
70 rue Baudricourt, 75013 Paris

Located in the Quartier asiatique, Le Bambou offers inexpensive, delicious Vietnamese.  Don't come for the service, but rather come for the fresh fare including top-notch phô, nems, bo bun, and more.  It's cozy, but worth squeezing in for and the prices can't be beat.

Le Bambou
Intimate high-end Franco-Japanese fusion
92, rue du Faubourg-Poissonniere, 75010 Paris

Chef Katsuaki pays homage to French cuisine with a Japanese sensibility according to the Michelin Guide.  Diners appreciate the fresh and seasonal ingredients transformed into imaginative dishes in the open kitchen in the intimate, 20-seat space.  The restaurant is also renowned for its sandwiches, particularly the tonkatsu pork on toast, served on Mondays and Saturdays from morning until 7 PM.

The flavors of Thailand and Laos united in the 19th arrondissement
49, rue de Belleville, 75019 Paris

A dizzying array of Thai and Laotian offerings await diners in unpretentious surroundings. Concierge recommends going as part of a group in order to be able to sample as many different dishes as possible.  The Michelin Guide calls the food here, "homemade, fine and fragrant".  

Lao Siam
The best Laotian food in Paris
102 avenue d'Ivry, 75013 Paris

The last remaining restaurant of a trio run by the Siackhasone family, originally from Laos, Lao Lane Xang offers some of the best Southeast Asian cusinine in Paris. Laotian, Thai, and Vietnamese specialties are served in a pleasant, modern ambiance in the midst of Chinatown.

Lao Lane Xang
Japanese in Montmartre with a twist
8, rue Garreau, 75018 Paris

Eiichi Edakuni is famous the world over for his innovative take on the cuisine of his native Japan.  In his first restaurant in Paris, the chef performs magnificently for an intimate audience seated on barstools around a sleek, black bar.  The prix fixe menu is very reasonable especially considering the variety of flavors and the experience of witnessing the preparation of a succession of small plates from the constantly changing menu.

Paris's best teppanyaki
1, rue Pierre Leroux, Paris

This Michelin-starred restaurant "breathes authenticity and purity through its delicious Japanese cuisine".  Using high-quality local and international ingredients, renowned chef Koji Aida transports diners to Japan with his exquisite omakase.  Aida is particularly known for its teppanyaki, second to none in Paris.

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