Another good weekend in Paris and another fast favorite restaurant. On Friday night we headed to Trois Fois Plus de Piment, the second establishment opened by the owners of the already popular Deux Fois Plus de Piment. The restaurant specializes in Szechuan cuisine, from the Szechuan province of China. While I’ve eaten “Chinese food” hundreds of times in my life, I’ve only eaten real Chinese cuisine a handful of times. Most notably, I enjoy Yunnan Kitchen, another Szechuan restaurant in the Lower East Side back home in New York. Their mala spice chicken wings were crazy… literally. As I’m writing this post, a quick search has shown me that the restaurant has closed, which is a shame.
But back to this restaurant here, which I enjoyed immensely. Szechuan cuisine features heavy amounts of garlic and spice, from both chili peppers and szechuan peppers. Needless to say, this food is right up my alley. Here at Trois Fois Plus de Piment, you can expect an experience of the same term. Their menu is small, mostly noodles and soups with various meats and house-made “ravoilis,” as they’re called in here in France. That’s dumplings to we Americans. They ask you to choose a level of spiciness: One is not spicy, while the hottest is five. Naturally I went with level five, feeling a responsibility to always try the hottest possible version of anything being served to me. It was the hottest thing I’ve eaten in a long time, and I loved it. My boyfriend Antho went with level four and for the sake of masculinity, we’ll end his story there.
So, what to order? Don’t miss the Ravoili a la sauce Szechuan, which deliver lots of garlic and savory flavor, but no actual heat (4 euro). I got the Dan Dan Noodles in soup, which had pork and peanuts and were just downright delicious, whichever heat level you choose. They were 9€80, and in my opinion the best option. Anthony ordered the Nouilles au Beouf Szechuan (spicy beef noodles), also very good. Other items include vegetarian and seafood versions, and dumplings in soup. Everything looked and smelled amazing, and of course nothing would have been right without the big, cold Tsing Tao beers that everyone in the restaurant was guzzling at the speed of light.
Chic ambiance and great service make this an excellent choice for a date 0r before a night out with a group of friends. Just be sure not to give yourself a level five problem later in the night or the next morning, if you know what I mean. Overall, expect to spend about 15 bucks. There are tons of bars nearby for afterwards. I feel a responsibility to note that while you can get some seriously spicy food here, you can also get food that is not at all spicy, and still features great flavors besides heat, like garlic, herbs, nuts, and more. So even if you’re not a spicy-food lover, as many French tend to be, I still recommend this restaurant and believe you will also enjoy it.
The rest of the weekend was filled with too much red wine at Charbon, making my own studio lights to use for my recipe photographs, and chorizo and potato tacos. On Sunday night, three of us went through jalapeño poppers, onion rings, a whole plate of nachos and 36 buffalo wings while watching American football at The Moose, or as I like to call it, football at The Moose. We laughed in the face of the ‘suicide sauce,’ and the waitress who insisted it was too spicy for us to handle.
Here’s the song those guys are performing, though I prefer the street artists voice.
Where: 184 Rue Saint-Martin, Paris 3. Metro: Etienne Marcel 4, Rambuteau 11. Open: Lunch and Dinner Tuesday – Sunday. Closed Mondays. How Much: 10-18 euros.