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Chez Van – Noodles unlimited

For a long time I hesitated about mentioning this tiny Chinese canteen on this site, as it is so local and tiny that you may not see the point. But then again I came to know about it through a friend that does not live in the area at all, so that kind of confirms its appeal to a wider reach within Paris. And so who knows to foreign visitors, too.

Chez Van is basically two lines of tables in a very narrow space, where noodles are served “à volonté”: as much as you want. Usually I am not too fussed about the all you can eat concept, because I feel its mostly big hungry men that benefit of it the most. But here it is worth the effort to save up appetite because the noodles are particularly good and I always end up asking for extras. 

The “à volonté” menu offers different kinds of raviolis as a starter and a noodle meal (soup or dry) as a main course. The noodles are rather thick and a bit greasy, so do not come for a light meal. Also the choice is not that big, which I personally prefer because at least it seems really fresh. But for the price of 10€ at lunchtime and 12€ it is hard to find a better deal anywhere in Paris. Only don’t go if you don’t care about noodles!

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65 Boulevard Saint-Marcel, Paris

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Opening Times

Tue - Sun 12:00 - 14:30 & 19:00 - 22:30


Evening menu: € 12

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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)