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My new favorite Thai

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I love coconut.

I love curry.

I love mango. Shrimp. Coriander….

So naturally I LOVE Thai food. Usually Chéri and I head to the 13th to get our fix of it, but recently we tried a new place that is even closer to our home in the 12th. Chez Sawan, in the 11th at Faidherbe took over a café that used to be called Balthazar (aren’t there like a hundred cafés called Balthazar in Paris?). The decor remains somewhat similar to what it was before, typical Parisian café style, dark woods, colonial styled clocks and wall hangings, with an interesting looking light on the ceiling, bistrot syle chairs etc… (you won’t feel like you are in exotic Thailand here).

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But the food was delish! The service was nice, not over zealous but not totally absent either. What I really liked was the entire front of the restaurant is movable window-walls that were opened so there was plenty of light and air circulation, and everyone can view the street. Not that the street is THAT interesting, but in Paris, people like to see other people, hence the desire to view the street.

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We were hungry and didn’t want to mess around with an entrée, so we  went straight for the main dish. I had a coconut with red curry chicken dish that was everything you would hope a coconut curry to be. Smooth and creamy without being too rich, and the proportion was perfect. I wasn’t stuffed afterwards. But I think that was also due to the fact that instead of getting rice with it I got the liserons d’eau, which is a green vegetable, that I believe just kind of grows everywhere over in Aisia, like a weed I guess, but the sautée it with garlic and well, I could eat mountainous plates of it! Yum!

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For dessert I had the coconut rice with mango. It was sweet sticky rice with a coconut glaze drizzled over it and fresh ripe mango slices. There was a slight hint of saltiness to the dish that made my mouth water at every bite!

Sawan Bistro Thai, 35 rue Faidherbe 75011.

5 Thoughts on “My new favorite Thai

  1. lizemilson on 12 juillet 2011 at 09:25 said:

    WOW…that place looks great!! Im leaving my home in Australia for Paris in a week to live.. The one thing I was sure to miss was all our great Asian food places but with restaurants like this hopefully I’ll be fine,

  2. Looks good! Not to far from me and Thai food is one of my favorites. Will definitely check out! Thanks!

  3. Thank you so much for this review! I’m like you, no dairy, no gluten, so this would be an ideal place to eat out! I have been missing good Thai food, too — one of my faves as well. Bookmarking the address now. :)

    (Hey, paris (im)perfect up there — maybe we can check it out together once I am back in town…)

  4. Ah, Thai food! Since Malaysia is just south of Thailand, we have a lot of Thai food here too! ;)

    And here we can the vegetable ‘kangkung’. It’s also called as such in Thailand too if my memory serves me right.

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