Restaurants, Korean Canal Saint-Martin
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A new sister restaurant of Ma Kitchen on Rue d'Hauteville opened on the Canal Saint Martin in June 2015 — good news to fans of their cooking who were becoming tired of the long lines at the original. SAaM is more low-key, nestled on Rue de Lancry behind a pretty natural wood façade. Like Ma Kitchen, this genial little eatery serves Korean and Chinese-inspired cuisine with a creative touch.

You’ll probably want to order a few mains to share, as we did (on the server’s recommendation), opting for three mixed dishes: a platter of buns, marinated beef Boulkgogi, flavoured soy, homemade green salsa and Kimchi slaw (€8), a plate of fried tofu, shallots and truffle with sautéed shiitake and buchu in a mango and Asian basil sauce (€8.50) and the ‘banchan’ of the day, a hodgepodge of micro-meals at €8, including veggies and fish pâté. We washed it all down with a bottle of Soju (€16), infamous Korean rice liquor that was deceptively sweet at 40 proof.

SAaM’s décor is colourful and fresh, with walls painted in shades of blue, pale pink and sea green, mismatched antique furniture and other pleasant touches, like the crochet doilies and vases of fresh flowers placed on every table. If you’re in a rush you can also order to take away, but do come back for a proper sit-down meal in this bright, bubbly little canteen.

By: Céleste Lafarge/CC


Venue name: SAaM
Address: 61 rue de Lancry
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12noon-3pm and 7pm-10.30pm. Sat 12noon-10.30pm
Transport: Metro: Jacques Bonsergent
Price: €10 lunch menu: 1 bun + salad; €12 with a drink; €16.50: 2 buns + salad
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I really love this cute little restaurant! Discovered it with a friend last weekend and had to go back this week for more of their mouth-watering bao buns! My favorites are the fried chicken and fish, but the beef and pork belly are also super good and bursting with Korean flavors (I have yet to try the Tofu but I'm sure it will satisfy all vegetarians)! Get the 2 bao buns and Asian salad (which is misleading because you get so much more than a salad!) for 12 Euros! The perfect quick lunch spot for those who enjoy fusion cuisine!