Forget the overpriced dim sum restaurants serving tiny portions. Yikou is heaven for dumpling fans.
You wouldn’t expect to find this beautiful restaurant on the Rue de l'Acqueduc, just behind La Chapelle. It’s softly lit with high and low wooden tables, a mirrored ceiling, and metal bar surrounded by plants. With its giant mural of colourful dragons: the place is striking and works just as well for intimate dinners as it does for boozy get-togethers.
So what should you order? The set menu includes 22 dishes to share (€23 per person), a mountain of steaming baskets packed with unique flavours. Among our favourites are the Chasu Forestier, a large bao bun filled with Cantonese-style glazed Picardie wild boar and goji berries. The Hei Charlie, cuttlefish ink dumplings with smoked black tea-marinated salmon. The sacred Kao is a pink dim sum filled with Nepalese pepper shrimp and pink biscuits from Reims, with crispy rice fries and cumin and bean salad. Flavours are delicate and frangrant, even though they are served in big portions using inventive ingredients. To drink, there is beer, such as the Aveyron Sabetz Que Leu or slightly more expensive biodynamic wines.
49 rue de L'Aqueduc
|Opening hours:||Tue-Thu midday-3pm, 7-11pm, Fri-Sat midday-3pm, 7pm-midnight|
|Transport:||Metro: Louis Blanc or Stalingrad|