Atelier Mala is the place to be to enjoy Chinese food in Paris. And not any kind: Sichuan specialties, this south-west province in China renown for its spicy gastronomy. Meet in rue Notre Dame de Lorette in the heart of Paris 9th arrondissement between Saint-Georges and Pigalle.
Thursday night, the restaurant is full, it's agitated. The atmosphere is warm with large wooden tables, a lovely bar in the back and on the walls, paintings half mural, half street art.
From Sichuan we know the pepper, but there are also chili plants: “Ma” and “La”, the basic ingredients of this flavorful and spicy cuisine, known as one of the gems of the Chinese gastronomy.
Let's start with sharing starters - all very good - with a honorable mention for the Raviolis Mala, dumplings stuffed with pork and ginger, and Yiu Chai (Pak Choi marinated in garlic and ginger), very good.
When ordering our main courses, Gaspard offers us to choose between three levels of spicy: mild, average, strong. For spice lovers enjoy a moderately sensitive mouth, we advise you "average" for noodles and "mild" for soups. The Ran Mian (pulled pork noodles seasonned with Sichuan pepper and peanuts) is a delight, so is the Suan Cai Mi Xian Boeuf (rice noodle soup with beef and marinated Chinese cabbage), one of the classics of the house.
And of course, Atelier Mala offers delicious dishes for veggies. To tell the truth, the entire menu is mouthwatering and remain very affordable with starters between €4 and €6 and main courses between €11 and €12.
Freshness and authenticity are the watchwords at Atelier Mala including a mouthwatering and affordable menu. For instance, you have Mala dumplings stuffed with pork and ginger (€6), Sichuan potatoes (€4) or Suan Cai Mi Xian Beef, rice noodle soup with beef and marinated Chinese cabbage (€12).
Fun fact, Atelier Mala started in small premises in rue La Bruyère and now successful, the restaurant has developed and is getting all comfy at 56 rue notre Dame de Lorette. A wonderful success carried out by 4 associates: Stanislas, Clément, Ewan and Gaspard.
Let's run to Atelier Mala to try these specialties, it's such a delight. Careful, cuisine highly addicitive.
Dates and Opening Time
From 11 March 2019 to 11 March 2020
56 Rue Notre Dame de Lorette
75009 Paris 9
Métro : Saint Georges (ligne 12) ou Pigalle (ligne 2 et 12)
Pommes de terre à la Sichuanaise: €4
Raviolis Mala: €6
Ran Mian: €11
Suan Cai Mi Xian Boeuf: €12