Bien Bien

Restaurants , Thai Faubourg Montmartre
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Bien Bien has been serving excellent Thai food on the Rue Bergère for the last 25 years. The decor is simple and elegant, but that's not what you come for – the cooking here is the good stuff, full of big, bold flavours lifted here and there with well-judged touches of coriander, Thai basil and bergamot.

To start, go for the triangular parcels of pork and prawns, or the beef salad (€5-€7). For main dishes (around €10 without rice), curry is the house speciality. Green curry with coconut milk was great, while the paneng – a red curry with coconut milk and roasted peanuts – also stood out. A plus point – they'll adjust the spiciness according to your taste.

Bien Bien is a family affair – the mother managing front of house, the uncle in the kitchen and the sons waiting tables – part of the reason it's done so well on word of mouth, to the point of being able to open Bien Bien 2 in 2011. The cooking for both restaurants is overseen by the same chef in a communal kitchen, but the latter menu is a bit different, including 'weeping tiger' spicy beef. If the restaurant is full up when you arrive (which happens often – book ahead), there is also a takeaway menu.

Venue name: Bien Bien
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Address: 30 rue Bergère
9e
Paris

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12noon-2.30pm; 7pm-10.30pm; Sat 7pm-11pm
Transport: Métro : Cadet ou Grands Boulevards
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