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“Great Peking Duck!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Nouveau Village Tao-Tao

Nouveau Village Tao-Tao
159, bd Vincent Auriol, 75013 Paris, France (Place d'Italie / Quartier Asiatique)
01 45 86 40 08
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Ranked #3,367 of 13,309 Restaurants in Paris
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $37
Cuisines: Chinese
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Place d'Italie / Quartier Asiatique
Paris, France
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127 reviews 127 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
“Great Peking Duck!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2011

This is a local canteen for those parisians who live in the 13th district of Paris.

Village Tao-Tao is an institution and has been around for a while.

I visited it the other day, after many many years of absence.

If there is one thing you MUST try there, it is the PEKING DUCK which is served in the traditional way: skin first with the pancakes, and then the rest of the duck cooked with brocoli and served with rice or noodles.

The atmosphere of this restaurant is nice: you really feel like you are in China. It's big and busy.

I love it.

Half-duck is about €22. Whole duck is about €44. Well worth it!

Need a dessert? Try the "Grande Muraille" (Great Wall): banana doughnut with coconut ice cream and whipped cream. I really enjoyed it.

  • Visited July 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Beirut, Lebanon
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“did not like the food, hated the service that was particularly obnoxious. I know that service in Chinese restaurants is...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2009

did not like the food, hated the service that was particularly obnoxious. I know that service in Chinese restaurants is not that great, but you expect the food to at least compensate it....it really was not the case

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Paris
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Bait and Switch Duck”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2008

Don't waste your money or your time at this restaurant. The food was barely acceptable and the service was rude and terrible. Starting with the food...We ordered the whole Peking Duck. The cost for that is 45 euros. The duck is brought out and the waiter slices off all the skin and serves it in the traditional way with pancakes and hoisin sauce. So far, so good. The duck skin was typical for Peking duck and fine. Then, even though we asked to have the rest of the duck to eat, the duck was taken away to be "prepared" in a stir fry with broccoli we had also ordered. The resultant dish exited the kitchen within 3 minutes of "our" duck's entrance and contained perhaps 1/2 cup of duck meat and 4 cups of broccoli. Where was the rest of our duck??? The bird we first saw was at least 3 pounds. Adding insult to injury, the duck we were served was not the freshly roasted duck we first saw but some duck from a previous day. The meat tasted old and wasn't even heated thru. A bad bargain all around. Continuing with the service...We speak fluent french and live in Paris. This is the first time we have ever had a problem in a restaurant. From the moment we started to order, the waiter had a problem with our dinner plans. We were 3 women and ordered the whole duck, the broccoli, a noodle dish and 2 appetizers. For some reason, he didn't think this was enough food for us to be "taking up space" in his restaurant. He spoke to us only in english which he could not understand when we responded, and made rude comments in french under his breath which we DID understand. Research the other chinese, thai and vietnamese restaurants in the 13th. There are many excellent ones. We only visited this one based on a recommendation from a chinese friend who gets better food and service when she visits!

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Prague
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Great chinese food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2008

We were in this restaurant 2 times in 2 days and service and especially food was really excellent. You can eat easy noodles, or duck, but I can recommend you beef flambee, thats great!!

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“Nice Pekinese duck!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2008

Nice Pekinese duck!

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