First time visitors come to Paris in search of escargot, coq au vin, bœuf bourguignon, and confit de canard. They come in search of the classic dishes they have read so much about and to sit in old-world cafes on the left bank. This type of food is classic for a reason – it’s delicious when prepared right!
Yet there is so much more to the Paris food scene. Paris is a vibrant city with international and contemporary restaurants. I have decided to do a series of posts showcasing some of my favorite restaurants right now. The first post is about eating ethnic in Paris. So when you are done with the classics, have had your fill of the traditional Paris scene, check out one of these places for something new and exciting!
Miznon: Contemporary Israeli food with a nod to French cooking. At Miznon you will find the best pita you have ever eaten (seriously) filled with traditional and not-so-traditional ingredients. You can order the lamb kebab pita which comes with a tahini sauce, fresh parsley and dill, and red onions. You can also order bœuf bourguignon stuffed in a pita. Both are delicious, but then everything here is. Don’t miss the whole-roasted, charred cauliflower! 22 Rue des Ecouffes, 75004 Paris
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Gyoza Bar: The name says it all. Gyoza are all they offer. You order 8 or 12. They come with a bean sprout salad and you can order rice if you want it. They are served fresh, piping hot and delicious. 56 Passage des Panoramas, 75002 Paris
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Clasico Argentino: Empanadas and Argentinian ice cream in Paris. I haven’t tried the ice cream but the empanadas are delicious. Buttery, flakey crust with various fillings such as beef, ham and cheese, and mushroom and cheese served with house tomato sauce. Yum! 6 Rue de Saintonge, 75003 Paris
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Les Années 80: Chinese hot pot. I lived in Hong Kong for a year and this is better than the ones that I had there! Choose between five broths (my favorite is the spicy) or split the pot so you can try two, and order items to cook in the broth. You cook at your table. Beef, mushrooms, shrimp balls, noodles, daikon…. it’s all good. Make your own sauce from a cart in the back to dip the items in. 57 rue du Faubourg Montmartre, 75009 Paris
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Bulma: Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwhiches. A crunchy baguette filled with cucumber, sweet pickled carrots, mayonaise, sriracha, cilantro and your choice of filling. My current favorite is the poulet caramel. Other options include beef with peanuts, pork, fish and tempeh. Delicious and affordable. 17 Rue des Petites Écuries, 75010 Paris
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Nanashi: Healthy, seasonal Japanese bento. You choose between the daily meat, fish or vegetarian bento box. There are a few other dishes available including my favorite, the chirashi salmon. Raw salmon tossed with a light sauce and is served on a bed of warm rice with lettuce, micro-greens, sprouts and seaweed. I like to toss it with some sesame seeds for crunch. 31 Rue de Paradis, 75010 Paris
What are your favorite ethnic eating spots in Paris? What did I miss?