Le Grand Bol
Our only complaint ? Since this article was first published a sudden surge in clientèle has somewhat messed with perfect system: uneven service, imperfect cooking, out-of-stock dishes… Let’s bet that they just need to adjust to their newfound popularity.
Tucked away on a small street in Belleville, Le Grand Bol provides seekers of rare pearls with a few insane Chinese specialties. Don’t pay any mind to the décor (the walls and menu are covered with dishes that aren’t on the menu) and dive right into their lacquered duck with crispy skin, served with a homemade plum sauce, fresh cucumbers, green onion and thin rice flour crepes (€14.80). Or try their noodles, made by hand and then sautéed with shrimp and crab, dressed in a creamy sauce made from the roe of the same shellfish (€14.80). Or go for their juicy and perfectly grilled pork-leek jiaozi (€5.80) before a smoking hot stew of sweet and salty Chinese sausages, with rice, bok choy and a fried egg (€8.20). And to drink, there’s Tsingtao beer (€2.80 for 33 cl; €4.20 for 640 ml), hot jasmine tea (€2) and ordinary red and rosé wines (€7.80 for €37.50 ml). And the bonus gift? There’s wifi! Appetizers €4-8, dishes €12-20. // Deana Saukam