L'Imperial de Choisy

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Compared to other flashy spots on the avenue, Impérial Choisy seems to have opted for utter discretion – white walls, a wooden bar, tiled floors, a similar space downstairs and that’s all. Luckily, the lacquered ducks in the window display and the 100% Cantonese menu draw a crowd. Served by fairly speedy staff, the dishes come out in bursts: tasty beef and vegetable broth; extremely tender lemongrass chicken, steamed and served with a ginger condiment; perfect sautéed prawns moistened by a spicy soy sauce and served with black beans; calamari stuffed with shrimp; salt and pepper duck tongues; jellyfish salad, etc. Skip the less-than-extraordinary desserts (industrial mysteries, soggy coconut balls…) and everything should be ok. Plus, there’s a nice terrace where you can chill when the weather’s nice. // A.B.

FEELING THIRSTY? Instead of the anemic wine list, do like the regulars and order a Tsingtao beer (€4 for 330 ml) or tea (€2.20).

PRICE: Appetizers €6, mains €10-14.

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