Superb Asian food at reasonable prices, in a charming environment. We enjoyed a meal here shortly after visiting Basilique du Sacre-Coeur and the Montmarte district. In fact, it is only a 5 minute walk (down the hill) from the Basilique.
Sourire de Saigon is a very cute little restaurant, featuring mainly Vietnamese cuisine but the items are not 'strictly' Vietnamese, and inspired by various Asian cultures. The restaurant was extremely busy, we had a reservation, as was suggested by my Parisian friend who referred us to the restaurant. We started with a plate for two of various fried appetizers- which included fried shrimp, samosas, and two other treats. The plate was VERY large- 16 pieces plus various vegetables to complement, and in fact would have been adequate as a meal or a plate to share between 4. We followed with a caramelized sole dish and a meat & with fried rice noodles, and both were outstanding. We did not consume dessert, and left the meal stuffed and completely satisfied.
I suggest this as a great alternative to more touristic Asian cuisine, and it made a wonderful stop for dinner after visiting the Monmarte neighborhood. I spoke French with the staff, and our concierge made the reservation, so I am not sure to what degree English is spoken here by the staff (menu was only in French). Prices were reasonable, the food was absolutely delicious, and this is a great option within a mid-range price category. I will surely return someday.
The waitstaff is very attractive and dressed in an elegantly provocative manner. Were it not for this, I would give the place 1 star.
The place is all pomp, tricked out in poorly understood and slapped-together chinoiserie--lush laquer tables, a piece of Chinese calligraphy hung upsidedown, tasteful woodwork, a cheap Tibetain thangka you could pick up for a couple of euros in a Chinese trinket shop, buddhas, a prevelent o hanging above the kitchen entry, attractive French waitresses fliting here and there in sophisticately sexualized Vietnamese dress revealing their ink, and somewhere, no doubt, hangs also a picture of Angkor Wat and King Rama IX.
OK, so we've obviously entered into a confused European fantasy of the Orient, but, whatever, some of the most sophisticated restaurants in China leave Santa Claus decals oddly reminiscent of indigenous temple gods up for months. Meh. The menu is devoid of photographs--the hallmark of any east Asian establishment worth its salt--and is devoid even of all but the most broadly known of foreign words, leaving the reader to translate from French into one's past experience with a cuisine that has its own name for things: "OK, I'm guessing that 'Vermicelli with pork' under 'grill' means I'll be getting bún tht nng... maybe?" There's a reason why there's no pictures: 18€ gets you what would be, in any normal Vietnamese restaurant, a half portion of a mediocre, inauthentic, and completely misunderstood dish served on a cartoonish plate shaped after the animal you're eating. The bún tht nng (?), for example, was sweet, came without vegitables or the appropriate sauce, and was obviously cooked my some fashion other than the only right way to do it.
Save your money for a proper restaurant.
Découvert par hasard, un soir du genre ou on traînait dans le quartier et ou se disait tien et si on se faisait un restau, tiens et si on cherchait plutôt un vietnamien ? Grâce a Yelp on a trouvé ce sourire de Saigon. Accueil impeccable, service souriant et rapide, les serveuses sont toutes plus souriantes les unes que les autres ... Alors oui ça fait un peu bobo mais bon est-ce déplaisant ? J'ai trouvé le lieu agréable et la Déco sympa. Quand aux mets, c'était très bon, subtil et délicat. L'addition y. Poil chic. L'assortiment de dim sum excellent, le Bo Bun impeccable. Gros coup de coeur sur le riz gluant servi dans un bambou qu'on doit éclater pour le déguster ... L'addition est certes un peu chic elle aussi mais je recommande vivement de Saigon avec sourire !
This place was a wonderful romantic place that served amazing food and was reasonably priced. If your in the mood for Vietnamese on any given day its a nice place to have dinner...not lunch...definately make a reservation. Take a stroll afterward in Montmartre- great date place. Service was very good! Unlike most Asian restos in Paris.
Absolutely delicious Vietnamese food. I was hesitant at first only because I never had Vietnamese food, but it certainly did not disappoint. Everything about the meal was amazing. The service was also wonderful. The only thing I would suggest is that you make a reservation. We were lucky enough to be seated without one but noticed that shortly afterwards there were no tables left available. I would definitely go again when wanting a delicious meal in Paris and do not mind the cost.
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