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Chen -- Soleil d'Est

15, rue du Théâtre Send to Phone
01 45 79 34 34
Métro: Charles Michels
Outstanding Chinese cuisine prepared by a competent staff.
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Local Deals: 120 * 90

Lunch & Dinner Mon.-Sat. Open until 10:30pm
  • Dress code: Casual dressy
  • Reservations suggested

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Chen -- Soleil d'Est Restaurant Review

: In a quaint (alas!) location, but under renovation, far from the Parisian Chinatown in the 13th arrondissement, founded by the great Chinese cook Chen from Shangaï who unfortunately passed away in 2003, this is arguably the best Chinese restaurant of Paris. Mr. Chen’s widow and her team, however, are able to maintain in their kitchen the elaboration of the most delicate savors of the Imperial cooking. Shark fins, sea cucumbers, abalones, swallows nests appear seasonally on the menu. But year round Madame Chen offers the extremely savory John Dory with its golden sail. The fish cooked with precision is delicately filleted; its whole skeleton fried and brought to the table as an impeccable representation of an edible crunchy sail. The zucchini flowers filled with crab meat, the Szechuan pepper sautéed frog legs, the grilled raviolis with Chinese herbs are delicate appetizers. But the highlight is the Mr. Chen Beijing duck, prepared according to the ancestral Mogul recipe. Coated with a layer of rice spirit, honey and soy sauce, the duck is left to dry up for 24 hours. The cooking of the duck in a special oven begins only upon the diner’s order. While it bakes for twenty minutes, to render the skin crunchy, they prepare a caramelized sauce of sesame oil, bean paste, soy sugar and water and the thin rice pancakes to wrap the meat. Madame Chen watches attentively the carving which is also a part of the experience. The French room manager Jean le Glohaec who knows well China and Chinese food makes sure that everyone gets the second duck service of his choice. The wine cellars allow to match fine wines with these exotic flavors.

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