Le Grand Bol
Look out! At first glance, the décor may come as a shock. When designing the second location of their Chinese-Belleville restaurant for near Le Bon Marché, the owners of Le Grand Bol traded in their cheap color prints and horse figurines for the latest trends at Leroy Merlin: fake white bricks + a vegetal painting + openwork suspension lamps. But don’t panic! Apart from the change of style and the increased prices that are more in line with their new neighborhood, the specialties from the Zhejiang region (south of Shanghai) are just as impressive as in the 20th arrondissement. The day we went for lunch, we opted for the delicious baozis filled with pork and gravy (€6.80), before a stunning tofu soup with bamboo shoots, soy, fennel, cucumber, chili, cilantro and sliced Chinese sausage (€13.80). What else? You’ll find all the other classics on the menu: delightful lacquered duck that you roll up in paper-thin rice flour crepes with cucumbers, onions and a brown sauce (€17.80); crispy shrimp ball soup (€6.80); an addictive sausage stew with rice, bok choy and a fried egg (€10.80), etc. Pair any of these delightful dishes with either a Tsingtao beer (€4.80 for 330 ml) or a Brouilly from the Domaine de la Chaise. Set lunch menus €12-22. À la carte €17-37. // J.G.