This tiny canteen, that a good friend of mine and I fondly coined ‘the dumpling place’, reliably fuels me, perks me up after a long day of work and most importantly, acts as an extremely effective hangover cure!
A short climb from Belleville metro, where the majority of eateries are Chinese, here the decoration is minimal, the service is forgettable and the seating, rather intimate and slightly wobbly, but their dumplings hit the spot every time.
The menu consists of standard dishes that you would expect to find in a Chinese restaurant; dumplings with a variety of simple fillings (which are either pan-fried or happily swimming in soups), friend noodles, rice, sautéed vegetables, and salads. No dish exceeds € 10 which explains its popularity, but as you have probably guessed by now, I go to this restaurant for one thing…
The portions are a bargain at € 6/€ 6.50 for 15 of those bad boys. Being dedicated regulars of this restaurant, although we have strayed from ‘the usual’ from time to time, there is nothing quite like dunking your ravioli grillé in soy sauce, rice vinegar and chilli oil. Wash this down with a tea or beer and you’ll find you’ve probably only spent in the region of € 10.
In case you’re wondering: pan-fried pork and spring onion dumplings, deep-fried marinated aubergines and a Tsing Tao. Six years on, that is my ‘usual’!