Restaurants, Vietnamese Quartier de la Gare
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Vietnamese joints are a dime a dozen in the 13th, but a good pho soup is a rare find indeed. Three cheers, then, for Indochine's recipe: devoid of the oiliness that so often mars the broth, the pho here is light and revitalising, the freshness of its herbs and soya beans beyond question. The same goes for the assortment of salads on offer, from the green papaya to the chicken and basilic or (for the adventurous) the raw beef. The banh cuon ravioli are suppler, less chewy, than what you'll generally get in these parts; and the banh xeo (fried prawn pancakes) strike just the right balance between crispy and tender. If everything at Indochine is a cut above the average (even the lovely terrace), the restaurant is also busier than most. Get there early.



Venue name: L'Indochine
Address: 86 avenue de Choisy

Opening hours: Thu–Tue noon–3.30pm, 7–10.30pm
Transport: Métro : Tolbiac, Maison Blanche ou Olympiades

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After all the hubub about this Vietnamese restaurant I was quite disappointed with the pho (beef and pork). The noodles traditionally are rice noodles and I was served a Chinese egg noodle with my Pho. Also the broth was extremely bland compared to what I am used to on the west coast of the US. The bulk of the soup was taken up by a large piece of ox tail and there was no heat to the pho which I am also used to in the states. The place was packed around 1:00 pm but little chance that I would return.