Deux fois plus de piment
While the spiciest dive in Paris may have been gentrified (unfinished stone walls, wooden benches with copper backs, small Chinese barstools), Monsieur Cheng’s dishes will still set your mouth on fire! And since “chilies can cause stomach aches and diarrhea,” or so the sign warns, you’re best sticking to the low end of the 1-to-5 spice scale! For us, the day we went for lunch: plump dumplings in a Sichuan garlic-chili-sesame sauce; boiled beef salad with sesame, whole peanuts and herbs; sensual eggplant with ground pork; or even a perfect mapo tofu – ground pork, tofu, chives, garlic, ginger, Sichuan pepper, fermented soy paste and sesame seeds. To put out the fire, grab a Tsingtao (€3.50 for 330 ml) or opt for a reservoir of herbal tea (€3.80). Set menus €8-12 (lunch), appetizers from €4.20 to €9.90, dishes from €7.80 to €16.60. // J.G.