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“Nice, but not amazing”
Review of Les Pates vivantes

Les Pates vivantes
Ranked #2,306 of 18,482 Restaurants in Paris
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $16 - $23
Cuisines: Asian
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Neighborhood: Opera / Bourse
Reviewed December 14, 2013

I had heard great things about this place and I have to say I was a bit disappointed. The place is very lively, and I loved being able to see the preparation of the noodles, the kneading and rolling is quite a show! The portions are huge and thus good value for money but not as tasty as I had expected. We ordered a few starters which were small, but fresh and tasty. The noodle dishes were actually like two portions each, but unfortunately a bit bland and boring. The place was super busy and the stuff a bit stressed but overall a nice experience

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Thank sofindia
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

We went out of our way to find les pates vivantes (there are several streets bearing the name "faubourg" in the marais district.) The scent of sesame oil + star anise gave us high hopes, but I have to say, we were quite disappointed with what we ordered. I ordered the sautéed noodles + veg + chicken, my husband ordered the sautéed noodles + veg + beef. The noodles were ample and nicely drenched in sauce, but there were very few vegetables, and the meat was bland...both the chicken and the beef could definitely have been improved with marination and/or a good deep braise. Juxtaposed with the saucy noodles, the meat just tasted bland and boiled. Asian flavours are always right with a balance of sweet, salty, sour, spicy...and somehow the vibrance and balance just wasn't there. I grew tired of eating the noodles without a generous enough counterpoint of vegetables and flavourful meat. I kept thinking that a slight hint of sour and some ginger and coriander would have helped. We agree with the comments from others regarding service. We ordered well in advance of a table that was seated after us. They received their food well before us and we were just given a sharp directive to wait. But, it was fun to watch the noodlemaker shave the noodles. At 12 euros per dish, it was over-priced...but we have to remember this is Paris.

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Reviewed June 19, 2013

Dying for Chinese food after a week of French. Small, busy restaurant. Staff only speaks French and Mandarin Chinese (and very little English). Menu had pictures and I was able to order pot stickers and noodle soup. Both were very good. Accepts credit card for amounts over 15 euros. Very fast service. AC is on low so it was a little warm upstairs. I had spicy noodles so was sweating in my business attire.

1  Thank TChan80
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

Excellent hand made noodles. Big dishes and lots of taste, food was so good we had to come back another day.

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Thank Lasse K
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Reviewed June 5, 2013

Where does one begin?
Saw Trip Advisor decal on window in passing and decided to give it a try, as they are usually reasonably good to outstanding
Told to go up stairs - three vacant tables so requested one near window to be told brusquely by the male server it was for four people .Voila both tables were then seated with couples after we sat down.
Menus are in Chinese pictures style with French/Chinese description, and waitress could not speak English. Pointed to what we thought was a set menu deal....only found out when we paid the bill it was not available for dinner.
The entree was barely warm and the BIG bowl of noodles and pork was tasteless and had to "fish" for the meat. We left more than half the dish.
When I queried the bill and said that I quite clearly pointed to meal choice and price and the waitress agreed, I was abruptly told she didn't speak English and I should ask or speak French.
With tourist season in full swing that should be mindful and brush up on their people skills
Give it a miss

Thank hunneybear
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