Our favourite Pho lies in this non-descript Vietnamese establishment down the sleepier end of Avenue de Choisy.
If popularity is the judge of a restaurant, then the best Pho in the 13th arrondissement is down the road at Pho 14, where nightly queues spill out onto the street as diners wait for a share table covered in plastic cloth.
I disagree with the crowds. Pho 14 is perfectly okay, Indochine is better. And for 1-2 euros more you can hear yourself think and have your own tray of condiments.
Phở isn’t the only attraction here, though there are numerous combinations available on the menu. There are house-made noodles and all the requisite starters – spring rolls, raw beef salad and a half-carved pineapple with prawns and papaya inside.
The food is good & inexpensive, the restaurant is clean & quiet, and most importantly the staff are friendly.
If you are looking for a pure-player Vietnamese restaurant – as opposed to the hybrid ‘Asian’ traiteurs of Paris – this is your best bet.
Impress fellow hipsters: order the bánh xèo. A crepe made with rice flour stuffed to the brim with pork and prawns. Bánh xèo Literally translates to ‘sizzling cake’ to reflect the noise the batter makes when it hits the searing pan.
L’Indochine, 86 avenue de Choisy 75013
T. +33 (0)1 44 24 28 08
Metro: Maison Blanche, Tolbiac, Olympiades
Thursday – Tuesday, 12.00pm – 3.30pm + 7.00pm – 10.30pm