West Meets East

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Look­ing for a mem­o­rable place for a meal near the Gare du Nord and the Gare de l’Est? Head to Yikou, a stylish res­tau­rant for a feast of imag­i­na­tive Franco-Asian dishes cre­ated by a French­man and a Chi­nese man who share a re­cip­ro­cal love for the cook­ing of one an­other’s coun­tries. This light, de­li­cious food fas­ci­nates by us­ing French in­gre­di­ents in Chi­nese prepa­ra­tions like dim sum or bao (steamed rice buns), which are here used for sand­wiches served with a gar­nish of de­li­cious frites made from rice in­stead of pota­toes. Among the stand- out dim sum are the Lao Breizh, a suc­cu­lent ravi­oli stuffed with lob­ster, sei­tan (wheat pro­tein) and sea­weed, the Babao Truffes, which is filled with free-range chicken wa­ter chest­nuts and black truf­fle oil from the Perig­ord, and the Chasu Forestier, an earthy bao filled with stewed wild boar gar­nished with rice wine and cran­ber­ries. For dessert try the Madame Sago, dim sum filled with co­conut cream sea­soned with crushed Specu­loos (Bel­gian spice cook­ies). – A.L

Yikou 49 rue de l’Aque­duc (10th), 09 83 76 44 64

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