The only indicator of this cool, tiny K-pop diner on the deserted boulevard de Port-Royal is a luminous sign featuring a bowl topped with Hangul characters. With its blonde wood bar and whitewashed walls, Jong-no Samgyetang is the perfect neighborhood joint for rediscovering the classics of Korean cuisine: there’s bibimbap and bulgogi, of course, but also samgyetang, a sort of Seoul-style boiled chicken with quasi-medicinal properties. For us, the night we went: wonderfully tender yet crispy fried chicken served in a small braided basket with pickled radish; light and airy chive, shrimp and calamari pancakes; followed by the famous samgyetang chicken stuffed with sticky rice and served with a rich broth made with ginseng, jujube, chestnut, sesame and almonds. To end the meal on a sweet note, there’s a delicious artisanal black sesame icecream. // M.R.
FEELING THIRSTY? There’s Hite beer (€5 for 330 ml), soju (€4-6 for 50 ml) or miniature cans of a cinnamon drink (€3 for 190 ml).
PRICES: Dishes €10-20.