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Paris' international restaurants: a guide

A cosmopolitan capital, Paris brims with restaurants offering cuisine from distant climes

A cosmopolitan capital, Paris brims with restaurants offering cuisine from distant climes. Indulge in foreign flavours from Lebanese, Japanese and Moroccan inspired-menus, along with other spots accommodating extravagant taste, at these appetising locations.

LIZA

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LIZA was created more than 10 years ago by Liza Asseily and her husband Ziad. Originally from Beirut, the duo live between the two capitals. The tasteful contemporary crisp white Moorish interiors of the restaurant leave centre-stage to the mouth-watering and colourful Lebanese dishes. We highly recommend the popular weekend brunch (booking mandatory). Otherwise, shoppers can tuck into LIZA’s delectable fare at the Galeries Lafayette and at the spectacular palace restaurant in Beirut. www.restaurant-liza.com

Okuda

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Over the years myriad Japanese restaurants have opened in Paris but none are like Okuda. Led by the multi-Michelin starred chef Toru Okuda who already has two restaurants in Tokyo, the restaurant specialises in Kaiseki cuisine. Recently awarded a Michelin star, the multi-course menus are prime examples of the ancient and meticulous art originally hailing from Kyoto. www.okuda.fr

Grande Mosquée de Paris

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An idyllic haven away from the daily Parisian bustle, the restaurant and café at the heart of the mosque is a popular option with locals and tourists alike for hearty traditional Moroccan fare and for smoking shisha. Get there early to get a table in the open tree-planted courtyard adorned with colourful mosaics. There is also a hammam (Moroccan steam baths) on site. www.mosqueedeparis.net

Il Carpaccio

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A wonderful setting inside a glass conservatory designed by Philippe Starck, the restaurant adjoins the Raffles Royal Monceau palace hotel. With Roberto Rispoli at its helm, the Michelin-starred restaurant serves dishes hailing from all over Italy and has become a veritable institution. For Rispoli, quality produce is key – he even creates his own extra virgin oil from groves in Sicily’s picturesque Corleone village (featured in the Godfather). In summer the dining room opens onto an intimate courtyard. www.leroyalmonceau.com

Shangri-La

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Among the best in the city in terms of cuisine and setting, the Michelin-starred restaurant serves the finest Cantonese cuisine rustled up by chef Samuel Lee Sum and his team. Set inside the lavish Shangri-La Hotel, formerly a palace belonging to the Bonaparte family, designer Pierre-Yves Rochon teamed up with the best artisans of France to restore it to its former glory. www.shangri-la.com

Unico

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Now with a second outpost in the 7th district, Unico prides itself on its quality meats that come straight from Argentina. The iron grill right down to the charcoal were brought over from the motherland to ensure the melt-in-the-mouth meat’s authentic taste, just as though it had been taken fresh off the barbecue at an Estancia set in the wilderness of the pampa. www.resto-unico.com

Kambodgia

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An intimate and upmarket setting punctuated with Cambodian artefacts, the recently updated Kambodgia is an institution in the Golden Triangle that lies steps from the Champs Elysées. Dark and cosy with unusual blue lighting, the restaurant transports diners right to the heart of Asia while serving authentic Cambodian fare as well as options from neighbouring countries. www.kambodgia.com

Evi Evane

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Behind the unassuming façade of a quaint Saint-Germain neighbourhood backstreet, Evi Evane provides a burst of Mediterranean freshness. You’d be hard pushed to find better Greek fare – anywhere. Sisters Maria and celebrated television chef Dina Nikolaou pride themselves on using the best fresh produce that tends to leave diners craving for more as soon as they leave. www.evievane.com

MG Road

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Named after Mahatma Ghandi Road, a common address in India’s cities, the bohemian-bourgeois restaurant serves succulent fusion dishes doused in Indian flavour. While the portions are on the small side, the attractive interiors make this one a winner among Paris’ array of Indian restaurants that, although serving more generous portions of authentic dishes, alas lack soul. mgroadrestaurant.com

1 MG Road
2 Evi Evane
3 Kambodgia
4 Unico
5 Il Carpaccio
6 Shang Palace
7 Grande Mosquée de Paris
8 Okuda
9 LIZA