The 13th arrondissement of Paris is well-known for being the home of Chinatown, or the Quartier Asiatique, and rightly so. Between rue de Tolbiac and Boulevard Masséna, the streets are filled with Asian restaurants, supermarkets, convenience stores, tea rooms and even a Chinese McDonald’s. However, the culinary triumphs of the 13th arrondissement are not just limited to the delights of Chinatown. Here are a few restaurants to get you started.
Hidden among the multitude of Chinese and Vietnamese restaurants, Mondol Kiri offers a delicious and worthwhile alternative to better-known Asian cuisines. In this tiny restaurant with only a dozen or so tables, the chef serves up authentic Cambodian dishes, while the courteous wait staff provide possibly the friendliest welcome and service in Paris. Try the house specialty, amok, a traditional Cambodian dish that consists of steamed curried fish or meat in a banana leaf, and which is served with bai cha rice, for a truly authentic experience.
If there is one thing that seems to be hard to find in Paris, it’s a good curry, and especially at a reasonable price. The Palais de Krishnaa is a great authentic Indian restaurant where the emphasis is all on the quality of the food. All the food is fresh and well-cooked, and there is a wide selection of dishes from both the north and the south of India. The thali – a platter of a variety of smaller dishes – is a great way of trying several different things, and the cheese naan is unmissable.