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“Expensive and worth it”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Le Lotus Blanc

Le Lotus Blanc
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Ranked #10,276 of 16,870 Restaurants in Paris
Cuisines: Asian, Vietnamese
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Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Tour Eiffel / Invalides
Paris
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4 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Expensive and worth it”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2012

It's in the 7'th, and so the prices are understandably higher, but this remains one of the best Vietnamese places I've tried in Paris. I recommend the Bo Bun as a meal and the Perles de Cocos for dessert. They sometimes do a traditional "Pho" soup (beef noodle) which is exceptional. It may not be on the menu, but it's worth asking.

The owner is a bit surly, and while he does make up for this by wearing a bow tie, don't expect a traditional obsequious American greeting, a la "Hi, I'm Brittney, I'll be your waitress today, have you guys been here before?...let me know if you need any help chewing your food!..." etc.. The rest of the staff is quite pleasant.

Incidentally, the restaurant is frequented by Chirac and numerous other politicians, as it's not far from Assemblée Nationale. In fact, the walls are adorned with photos of all kinds of important- looking elderly chopstick-wielding white men in suits. I've been assured by authentic French people that these men are, in fact, dignitaries.

  • Visited March 2012
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Munich, Germany
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Unexpected delight”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2012

We decided to try this restaurant since we were staying in the Hotel de Varenne just down the street. Entering the restaurant I started having some doubts as it is very tiny and borderline disorganized. We were greeted warmly. Spring rolls wrapped in lettuce with basil were excellent and the main course was equally delightfull. My Lemon Chicken with rice was light and very delicious. I definetly recommend it.

  • Visited February 2012
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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50 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“enjoyed a quiet dinner”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2011

Mildly spiced Vietnamesse dishes The menu did not give an option for spiciness. Seemed overpriced for portion size.
Restaurant is small and was quiet.

Visited November 2011
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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
“Galling Over-priced, Dubiously clean, and Thoroughly Mediocre”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2011

Having traveled many times to Vietnam, we were looking forward to a good Viet meal or two during our recent trip to Paris, assuming, wrongly, that it would have good Viet restaurants as France is the former colonial power in the region. And so, alas, we ended up at this musty, dusty hole-in-the-wall where the proprietor offered a rather sullen greeting and we sat at coffee shop type chairs at a wobbly table. I could have overlooked the wanting hospitality and setting if the food had been good but aside from some good nems, it was truly catastrophic. The steamed Vietnamese raviolis were flavorless and came in a bath of murky water, the pork ribs with lemon grass translated as tough hunks of pork with no taste at all, a curry dish and a tofu one shared the same insipid sauce, and several dishes were garnished with black hairs. It was further galling to pay 32 Euros for a bottle of Tavel, and eager to get out of this creepy place, we skipped dessert and paid our bill of nearly 100 Euros for two through gritted teeth.

  • Visited November 2011
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Prague, Czech Republic
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“Very bad, certainly not vietnamese”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2011

As we love Vietnamese food, and read oll the positive reviews, we decided to visit this "restaurant". The place has been in desperate need of reconstruction for at least 15teen years. However we sat down and decided to try the food. We ordered Pho Bo as a starter (it was not on the menu!!!). It was plain awful. Sweet, only a few leaves of coriander. No chili, no lime, just bad. We also ordered some "nem" wraps. We were given a strange tasting crunchy pieces resembling wraps and lettuce. that ś it. The partron / owner was rather unpleasant and seemed to be not interested in his guests. I can only give you one advice, do'nt go. You won't be dissappointed and also yoĺl save quite a bit. It was by far the worst food we had in Paris.

  • Visited August 2011
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