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The Best Noodles In Paris: Trois Fois Plus De Piment

BEST NOODLES IN PARIS: TROIS FOIS PLUS DE PIMENT

I’ve been in Paris for eight whole months now and during that time I haven’t been able to find a single great Chinese restaurant. Yes, really. For someone that is half Chinese and eats Asian food at home a lot, this was a real disappointment, but I have finally tried the “best noodles in Paris” and can wholeheartedly agree with this statement.

Trois Fois Plus de Piment is an amazing little Chinese eatery whose outstanding reputation is evident from the long queue that you’ll usually find outside its door. It’s usually in my top 5 recommendations when people ask me where to eat in Paris.

I arrived at around 12pm on a Saturday afternoon and was second in line in the queue but I still had to wait a good 15-20 minutes before I was welcomed into the bustling restaurant. It’s a good thing that I arrived when I did because by the time I was seated in the restaurant, the queue extended several metres down the road. This is not the sort of place you can run to when you want a quick bite to eat and if you don’t want to waste much time queueing then I’d recommend going at off-peak times.

BEST NOODLES IN PARIS: TROIS FOIS PLUS DE PIMENT

As you can see from the picture above, the menu isn’t particularly extensive nor detailed, but that’s what’s so great about this place. No frills, just really good food. You’ll be happy to hear that despite the queue that goes out the door, once you’re in the food arrives really quickly after ordering. Seriously, a steaming hot bowl of noodles arrived in front of my nose within 5-10 minutes of ordering which is really impressive for a busy restaurant in Paris.

THE BEST NOODLES IN PARIS: TROIS FOIS PLUS DE PIMENT

I ordered the “Nouilles Boeuf Sichuannaise (avec soupe pimenté)” (Sichuan Beef Noodles (with spicy soup)). Much like at Nandos, you can pick the level of spiciness of your dish on a scale from 1-5. I opted for 2 and even this had me reaching for the water jug after every other mouthful so I’d definitely recommend going lower rather than higher if you’re not sure. Sichuan is a region in China known for its incredibly spicy food so proceed with caution. (NB Trois Fois Plus de Piment literally means “Three times more spice”).

The noodles were round and thick with a consistency that was much closer to spaghetti than the thin noodles I’m used to. This made the whole dish so much more filling, which was excellent. The noodles were topped with chunks of the most succulent and soft beef I have ever tasted and I’ve never really understood what people meant when they described meat as “melt in the mouth” until now.

BEST NOODLES IN PARIS: TROIS FOIS PLUS DE PIMENT

My friend ordered the “Nouilles Boeuf avec soupe sans piment” (Beef noodle soup without spice). Whilst this dish is still yummy, it is rather plain and the beef was much tougher than that which was in my dish. I’d definitely recommend picking one of the ‘spicy’ things on the menu, even if you have to specifically ask for it to be much less spicy than usual, as there is a huge difference in how the beef is cooked in different dishes and mine was so, so much better.

BEST NOODLES IN PARIS: TROIS FOIS PLUS DE PIMENT

The dumplings took a little longer to arrive but they were well worth the wait. I’ve been to China numerous times in my life and my mum makes dumplings all the time at home but I’d still rank these dumplings as some of the best I’ve ever tasted. It was really the sauce that made these dumplings taste incredible and it seems to be some sort of mix of spice and sesame, which was delicious.

As this restaurant was so busy I didn’t feel like it was the sort of place I could sit down and hang out around in for ages after I’d finished my meal like I do in most Parisian restaurants. My friend and I were seated side by side on the table connected to the kitchen so I felt like we needed to clear off as soon as we were done but perhaps if we’d been seated at one of the proper tables instead this would not have been the case.

BEST NOODLES IN PARIS: TROIS FOIS PLUS DE PIMENT

Trois Fois Plus de Piment is a real Chinese restaurant run by real Chinese people. You’ll find no sweet and sour pork here, just hot, spicy Si Chuan noodles. There’s no better place in Paris where you can find authentic Chinese noodles and what’s more the beef was cooked perfectly in my dish and the dumplings are to die for.

The decorations inside the restaurant are all typically Chinese as well and this adds to the authentic Chinese atmosphere of the restaurant. If you’re looking for a taste of China in Paris, Trois Fois Plus de Piment is the place for you.

BEST NOODLES IN PARIS: TROIS FOIS PLUS DE PIMENT

Address
184 Rue Saint-Martin
75003
Paris

Price
€10-20

Opening hours
12-3pm, 7-11pm everyday, except Monday

Queue?
Absolutely

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48 Comments

  1. 21st March 2016 / 1:42 PM

    I love Chinese noodle especially Cantonese or Hong Kong style noodles. Of course I am Chinese and so I should. Hahaha. Good you appreciated.

    • 26th March 2016 / 4:46 PM

      Would you say that there is a difference between Chinese and HK/Cantonese style noodles then or are they the same? 🙂

      • 2nd June 2016 / 10:26 AM

        China is such a big and diverse country that in every province, they have their ways of cooking. I find Cantonese really the best. 🙂

  2. Amy Scott
    21st March 2016 / 2:04 PM

    I regret not eating better when we visited Paris. Thank you for the recommendation – I love chinese food and I’m fed up eating terrible ‘chinese’ food here in the US!

    • 26th March 2016 / 4:47 PM

      Food is the best thing about Paris in my opinion so if you ever come back, make sure to look up some good places! 🙂

  3. TheRainStorm
    21st March 2016 / 2:16 PM

    Never tried this noodle. Love chinese noodles which i had at wang’s kitchen. Gotta try this one

    • 26th March 2016 / 4:49 PM

      Where is Wang’s Kitchen? If it’s somewhere I could potentially visit, I’d love to try it!

  4. 21st March 2016 / 3:21 PM

    I can’t wait to go to Paris so I can come back with some great restaurant/food recommendations like these! I really want to try that szeschuan beef soup! Love all these 🙂

    • 26th March 2016 / 4:50 PM

      If you ever visit Paris then this is a must! I know you probably think you should be eating ‘French’ cuisine but honestly every type of cuisine is amazing in Paris if you find the right restaurants!

  5. Rhian Westbury
    21st March 2016 / 4:27 PM

    Really interesting, I might have to add these to my list for when I’m in Paris next month! x

    • 26th March 2016 / 4:50 PM

      If you’re visiting Paris soon, I’d definitely recommend this place for dinner or Holybelly for brunch!

  6. 21st March 2016 / 4:42 PM

    No I don’t have any. Been to a few while on holiday and they were just ok. This sounds fine but I sing like restaurants that are too busy.

    • Laura @ What's Hot?
      26th March 2016 / 4:51 PM

      Me neither to be honest but unfortunately in Paris it’s quite hard to avoid busy restaurants as they have such a restaurant culture!

  7. 21st March 2016 / 6:50 PM

    I can totally understand you: it is not easy to find good Asian cuisine in France or in Belgium
    But I am glad you found some nice restaurants 🙂 I’ll check them out when I am in paris next time

    • 26th March 2016 / 4:52 PM

      It’s weird because they have so much great food and yet for some reason they just can’t seem to do good Chinese food?! Let me know what you think if you do get the chance to visit 🙂

  8. 21st March 2016 / 7:08 PM

    Ohhh what a lovely find – I have to admit I would love to go back to Paris one day. x

  9. 21st March 2016 / 7:43 PM

    This place has some very different food I have not even seen before.

  10. Leanne Dolan
    21st March 2016 / 7:45 PM

    Being a fussy eater this isn’t the sort of place I’d eat but I know friends who would like it

  11. 21st March 2016 / 9:16 PM

    oh my these look totally amazing I am so jelous and such beautiful pictures

  12. 21st March 2016 / 9:51 PM

    This would be a really nice restaurant to check out on a date night. Their Szechaun beef noodles sound really good.

    • 26th March 2016 / 4:52 PM

      I agree! Though it could get a little messy.. Much like eating spaghetti on a date!

  13. Fatima Ali
    21st March 2016 / 11:37 PM

    I have been to Paris but not to this restaurant. Maybe next time, I can try it out. Thanks for the recommendation.

  14. Adina Mera
    22nd March 2016 / 12:41 AM

    I’ve been to this place before and I was so impressed. The food they have is really good! Loved it. Nice post.

    • 26th March 2016 / 5:03 PM

      Ooh small world! Glad to hear that somebody else liked it too 🙂

  15. ratisha goyal
    22nd March 2016 / 3:09 AM

    Hmm… Sounds like a noodles lover’s heaven! When I go to Paris next, will surely visit the place.

  16. 22nd March 2016 / 8:16 AM

    Do they do any delicious veggie recipes as well? So glad that it exceeded your expectations and you enjoyed your meal.

    • 26th March 2016 / 4:53 PM

      Yes there is one veggie option on the menu! It is quite difficult to be vegetarian though in Paris 🙁

  17. miieloise
    22nd March 2016 / 8:52 AM

    The photos and your great experience could tempt me to give it a go next time I go back home… except that I can’t eat spicy food! So well, I may just watch the photos! 😀

  18. Tori Gabriel
    22nd March 2016 / 9:26 AM

    I’m so glad you found a decent Chinese. It can be so hard when you’re abroad and missing your family and home so finding your favourite food must help a little.

    There is a restaurant in Paris where you eat in complete darkness. All the servers are blind and you can’t see what you are eating. Apparently it makes the flavours so much more intense. I think it’s called Cafe Noir. I would love to hear your impressions if you get a chance (you did ask for suggestions).

    • 26th March 2016 / 4:54 PM

      Yes it does help to find familiar food!

      Ooh I have heard of the concept before but have never been myself. I have only heard of this because of ‘dating in the dark’ but if you can just go for an ordinary meal at Cafe Noir, I’ll have to check it out!

  19. Hungry_Healthy_Happy
    22nd March 2016 / 10:57 AM

    Who knew that you could get such amazing noodles in paris. I will have to check it out next time I am there.

  20. Lawrence
    22nd March 2016 / 3:32 PM

    I’m hungry now, just reading this. The food looks really good. Chinese food in Paris! 🙂

  21. Hannah Malanga
    22nd March 2016 / 6:44 PM

    I like the look of your friends dish although the tough beef would put me off. I don’t eat spicy food but if they could remove the spice from the noodles then I would be sold! Does look nice, different from what we usually have

    • 26th March 2016 / 5:02 PM

      As there are different levels of spiciness they can obviously add/reduce the spiciness so I’m sure there’d be something for you! 😀

  22. Miranda Miller
    22nd March 2016 / 9:28 PM

    Always nice to find food you enjoy where you live. I like how you find a Chinese restaurant in Paris. Although I live in the US and we have all types of food but our own.

    • 26th March 2016 / 5:01 PM

      That’s the case in England as well! I guess burgers can count as American cuisine .. ?

  23. HomeJobsbyMOM
    23rd March 2016 / 12:20 AM

    When I think of Paris I don’t think of Chinese food. I’d want Chinese food anywhere I lived though. My son and I love it.

    • 26th March 2016 / 5:01 PM

      I know you’d think French food in Paris would be the best but honestly the French are good at cooking anything!

  24. Natasha Mairs
    23rd March 2016 / 10:35 AM

    I love noodles but not the meat, as I am a vegetarian, But Chinese food in Paris sounds great

  25. 23rd March 2016 / 12:42 PM

    I love noodles, and these all look so very good! I will definitely remember this place for any trips to Paris x

  26. Laura
    23rd March 2016 / 9:20 PM

    Oh those dumplings look absolutely incredible, I think these would be my favourite if I visited this restaurant! xxx

  27. Working Mum
    24th March 2016 / 9:52 PM

    Looks delicious! I would love to try when I am in Paris. What in your opinion is the best Chinese restaurant in London?

    • 26th March 2016 / 5:00 PM

      Ooh I don’t think I could answer that to be honest as I haven’t been to a huge amount in London. Obviously China town is the place to go if you’re looking for authentic Chinese food as there are some excellent ones there 🙂

  28. 26th March 2016 / 12:09 PM

    Looks like an amazing place and surprised they are not many Chinese or Asian restaurants in Paris but you’ve made me hungry for noodles and beef

    • 26th March 2016 / 4:46 PM

      Oh there are plenty of Asian restaurants! Japanese in particular.. The problem is finding Chinese ones that are actually good 😉

      • 28th March 2016 / 8:54 AM

        aaaaah I see your point now, its the good ones that are hard to come by. 🙂

  29. Alison
    27th April 2016 / 8:08 AM

    If I ever make to Paris I want to go try those noodles and dumplings. They look amazing and so good. I love going to a new restaurant and knowing that there is a line of people also wanting to be there. It shows the food is good!

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