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Found excellent dim sum in Paris at Chinatown Olympiades in the old Chinatown Quartier Chinois in the 13th arrondissement

holyveal | Apr 19, 201707:25 PM     17

Had a dim sum craving while in Paris. Searched the boards and found some very old posts (2001-2005), but which nevertheless, inspired me to go out and explore, which led me to, if not specifically, but coincidentally discovered Chinatown Olympiades Restaurant in the original and oldest "Chinatown" (which is more accurately, Sino-Viet-Indochinese-town), in the 13th arrondissement, at 44 Avenue d'Ivry (in a commercial shopping center, next to Tang Freres), 75013 Paris, metro Line No. 7 (caution: direction Mairie d'Ivry, at the split, not to Villejuif) to station Porte d'Ivry (2 NYC block walk to restaurant). This may possibly be the current incarnation of an older restaurant another poster had mentioned (and I thank them here collectively). In general, found the dim sum to be better than anything I know of in NYC. Over 2 visits, ordered the beef balls; shrimp dumplings; beef in rice crepe; lotus leaf wrapped chicken in sticky rice; spareribs; chicken feet; fried taro cakes (the rectangles); pork/mushrooms wrapped in fresh bean curd leaves. Sizewise/portionwise ranged from about 2/3 to 4/5 NYC dimsum size. Pricing roughly 1.5 times NYC dim sum prices. (Think: about 5-6 euros per portion of dim sum, though not really money conscious on vacation.) Order off the book menu and freshly steamed and prepared. No carts; no order sheets. Rice crepe soft, tender, yet maintaining elasticity. Beef tender and flavorful. Use of sufficient black beans in spareribs and chicken feet indicate old-school ingredient and not corner cutting. Shrimp in dumplings fresh and crunchy with elasticity in wrapping. Taro cakes had abundance of taro, and well browned upon frying. Saw no cost-cutting/skimping measures in their dim sum. Would highly recommend for any dim sum seeker/traveler. Incidentally, found their rice to be of better quality than that used in NYC restaurants. Incidentally, also found Parisian pho to be of higher quality, so there must something in the locally grown rice and rice products. The staff there will speak French, of course; English; Cantonese; Mandarin; and Vietnamese. Service prompt, efficient, polite. (Sorry, no photos, was too busy eating. Check the site link.) Bon voyage et bon appetit!


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