Bún bòs: 5 spots in Paris to have a bellyful of them

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Bún bòs: 5 spots in Paris to have a bellyful of them

Feeling peckish or craving for some exoticism? The flavours of a bún bò will delight anyone with an inkling to travel. Here are five spots that we tested for you to approve.

A traditional and popular Vietnamese dish, the bún bòs mixes beef (bò) with rice vermicelli (bún) and is served with cabbage and carrots, sprinkled with peanuts and fresh cilantro. Some like its classic incarnation, others prefer creative takes on it. Easy to make, it is a full, balanced and savoury dish. It wins unanimous support.

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Bún bòs: 5 spots in Paris to have a bellyful of them

Ginger: the most high profile

Close to avenue Montaigne in the middle of the George V neighbourhood, regulars from the worlds of fashion and media eat there. Discover Ginger's Asian food, either on the sunny terrace or in the lovely dining room filled with green velvet. Dishes cross Cambodia over to Laos and Vietnam, even though the chef is Thai! The bún bò found on the menu is simply called Bún. It is available for lunch only and exists in three versions: citronella chicken, pepper and basil beef, or cucumber and sesame tuna. For dessert, go for the Ispahan panna cotta (litchis and raspberry sauce), or mochi ice creams.

Ginger
11, rue de la Trémoille
75008 Paris
+33 (0)1 47 23 37 32

Menu: around 45 EUR

www.ginger-paris.com/en/

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Bún bòs: 5 spots in Paris to have a bellyful of them

Le Petit Cambodge: the most colourful

Write down your order on a tiny piece of paper, and hand it to the waiter who will later turn it into a delicious bún bò, which exists in 9 different versions: with beef, special, shrimp, mixed, special mixed, soya... according to your current mood. Or you could go with something totally different, like the pork and coconut milk natin soup, succulent curries, and plump palm fruits as desserts. The same menu is also available at their other address, on rue Beaurepaire. If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

Le Petit Cambodge
20, rue Allibert
75010 Paris
+33 (0)1 42 45 80 88

Menu: around 13 EUR

4, rue Beaurepaire
75010 Paris
+33 (0)1 44 91 92 04

Menu: around 13 EUR

http://lepetitcambodge.fr

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Bún bòs: 5 spots in Paris to have a bellyful of them

Tricotin: the most genuine

In Paris' Chinatown, it is hard for a new convert to know which doors to walk through. If you've come thousands of miles and want to try a dish that will assuredly carry you away, Tricotin is a safe bet. Service is simple, decoration plain, or even kitsch, and the room is often crowded. When seated, you'll have time to devour the broad menu with your eyes. Dishes are cooked to order and satisfied regulars make you feel you're at the right place. The generous and savoury bún bòs (with fresh mint leaves, citronella, crunchy salad leaves, well cooked vermicelli and crunchy spring rolls) are a real delight, just about every time!

Tricotin
15, avenue de Choisy
75013 Paris France
+33 (0)1 45 84 74 44

Menu: around 15 EUR

https://fr-fr.facebook.com/TricotinParis13/

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Bún bòs: 5 spots in Paris to have a bellyful of them

Entre Deux Rives: the most welcoming

Always packed, this small restaurant on rue de Hanovre is a connoisseur hideout. The minimalist decoration, warm welcome and all-around coolness make this Vietnamese restaurant a genuine paradise, with a home-like feeling. You may hesitate between delicious banh cuon (rice pancakes filled with pork and mushrooms) or a papaya salad. But if you're starving, the large bún bò bowls will satiate even the big eaters. Portions served are so generous that you may have a hard time finishing yours.

Entre Deux Rives
1, rue de Hanovre
75002 Paris
+33 (0)1 42 66 15 11

Menu: around 15 EUR

www.entre2rives.fr

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Bún bòs: 5 spots in Paris to have a bellyful of them

Miss Ko: the most exotic

This unusual place is located in the Parisian golden triangle. It was conceived to pass on that Bangkok atmosphere, when street food stalls attract foodies with the appetising smells radiating from open-air kitchens. Philippe Starck therefore devised the place like a large shed, containing a bar table that goes from one extremity of the restaurant to the other. Street art and sunshades do the rest, as cooks operate right in front of your eyes. On their very original fusion menu, the bún bò is among the most revisited classics: either as Extra, Black Angus beef, Veggie (with green asparagus and shiitake mushrooms) or Hane breast duck fillet... You're sure to find what you're looking for.

Miss Ko
49-51, avenue George V
75008 Paris
+33 (0)1 53 67 84 60

Menu: around 21 EUR

www.miss-ko.com