The Quartier Asiatique, which also goes by the names Petite Asie or Triangle de Choisy, given the rough shape of its outline between the Avenue de Choisy, Avenue d’Ivry, and Boulevard Masséna in the 13th arrondissement, is known for its high-rise apartment blocks, spectacular annual parade, and plethora of top-quality restaurants. Here you’ll find the best Vietnamese, Laotian, Cambodian, and Chinese food in Paris, as well as some incredible Malaysian, Indonesian, Korean, Japanese, and Indian cuisine.
Another strong contender for the tastiest Laotian food in the capital, Lao Douang Paseuth is a more casual affair, on the opposite side of the neighborhood at the Porte d’Italie. The house specialties have got to be their noodles, prepared in vegetable and meat broths as well as sautéed with the flavors of Southeast Asia. With 48 hours’ notice, they will also prepare a banquet for you in the spacious side room.
Back in the center of the neighborhood, Le Sarawan is the home of lovers of Malaysian and Indonesian cuisine in Paris. If you love spicy foods, this is the place for you but even if you don’t, don’t worry, the staff are ready and waiting to advise the uninitiated. The house specialty is a caramelized pork dish that is a veritable delicacy of this part of the world. The menu also offers a mixture of Vietnamese and Chinese dishes.
Most of the Korean and Japanese restaurants in Paris are found in the 1st arrondissement around the Rue Sainte-Anne, but if you’re in the 13th arrondissement and in the mood for this kind of cuisine then make a beeline for Namoo. Opened in 2002, it’s become famous for its barbecue dishes, but there’s plenty more on the menu to sample besides these.
Just a stone’s throw from Tolbiac metro station, you’ll find the aptly named Paradis Thai. The building’s façade is that of a gigantic temple, and inside there is dining space over two floors. The décor is muted and modern, whilst retaining some traditional Thai charm, and the flavors on the plate are out of this world. This place isn’t to be missed.