Restaurants , Chinese St Germain des Prés
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 (DR / © Taokan)
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DR / © Taokan

Christophe Daine spent 7 years working in a luxury watchmaker’s in Hong Kong before he realised his dream of opening a super-chic venue for Asian cuisine in Paris. His learning shows ­– everything here runs like a Swiss watch, from the décor to the dishes and even the refined, relaxed clientele.

The menu mixes Chinese and Vietnamese specialities with a scattering of Japanese influences. The dim sum are excellent, with their mouthfuls of different textures and flavours – prawns, scallops or chicken scented with herbs and spices in melting steamed packages. Spring rolls are crispy and satisfying. Of the mains, don’t miss out on the chef’s special loc la beef, from the selection of classic and more contemporary dishes. Prices match the quality of the cooking, with mains at around €25-€30 and a set menu for around €50.

Venue name: Taokan
Address: 8 rue du Sabot

Opening hours: Mon-Sat noon–2.30pm, 7.30pm-10.30pm
Transport: Métro : Saint-Sulpice, Mabillon ou Saint-Germain-des-Prés
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