Muse Parisian Vietnamese Brasserie 妙巴黎越南小吃
Starkly decorated in red, black and white and oddly resembling an American diner circa 1950s, this modish eatery offers Indochine eats that purportedly contain some Gallic influence, including pho (RMB 42 for a large bowl of "Train Lights"), spring rolls, soups, desserts and coffees of both Vietnamese and French persuasion. The Tongli branch is in a prime loaction for foot traffic and has virtually the same menu as the Chaoyang Park branch. Voted "Best Vietnamese" in the Beijinger’s 2011 Restaurant Awards.
- Lido 丽都
- 3/F, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District
- Daily 10am-10pm
- 8426 0426
Honglingjin Park and ...
- Honglingjin Park and Liulitun 红领巾公园、六里屯
- Shop 6, 7/F, Chaoyang Joy City, 101 Chaoyang Road, Chaoyang District
- Daily 10am-10pm
- 8551 8985
- Chaoyangmenwai 朝阳门外
- 4/F, U-Town Shopping Center, 2 Sanfeng Beili, Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District
- Daily 10am-10pm
- 5977 5861
- Sanlitun 三里屯
- 1/F, Tongli Studios, 43 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District
- Daily 11am-11pm
- 6415 6388
- Parking available
- Chinese bank cards accepted
- ¥¥ 30-50 per person
- Chaoyang Park 朝阳公园
- Chaoyang Gongyuan West Gate, 1 Nongzhan Nanlu, Chaoyang District
- 6586 3188
- Parking available
- Delivery available
- No smoking sections
- ¥¥¥ 50-80 per person
Map of Muse Parisian Vietnamese Brasserie
User reviews of Muse Parisian Vietnamese Brasserie 妙巴黎越南小吃
Their best is 30 Rmb for some great tasting noodles. I visit them almost weekly, I don't think there is anything on the menu that doesn't taste good. Furthermore they are open till midnight normally (they will close earlier if nothing is going on, not unusual in CN).
This is going to be a really dissapointing review. I used to go to Muse the odd time with
my wife a few years ago before we moved back to Canada. Having just moved back to Beijing, I decided on Muse
for my birthday dinner. Regrettably. I was in the mood for a really good Pho and I must say, it was
terrible. Just awful. Insipid broth, and hey, WRONG NOODLES! (they used what looked like regular Chinese flat noodles from the store for 3 kuai), also, the beef was already cooked before it was put in the broth, a lemon? was served with it instead of a lime, and to top it all off, there was a hair in it!!!! I was so embarrassed I didn't even tell my wife or mother-in-law because I didn't want it to ruin my birthday dinner. Also, for the big "Train Lights" deluxe bowl or whatever they call it...medium-sized portion at best. So dissapointing Muse! You have lost serious face with this guy! I remembered you actually being really good one time.
On top of the Pho...we ordered a lemon beef which was served in about 1 minute of ordering (hmmm...pre-cooked, waiting to be served...not very tender), spring rolls (very average) and maybe...just maybe, the only thing that wasn't a complete disaster, was the Vietnamese Parisian baguette. Which was actually amazingly really good compared to everything else. If I go back it's for the baguette only. Shame on you Muse...the worst Pho I've ever had.
My crappy hometown of 300,000 in Canada has way better Pho than the garbage you served me.
We should have just gone to Annies. Sigh.
A recent visit to Muse left me with mixed feelings--both Dismay and Bliss.
Dismay: Soup and Soda
The sour shrimp soup was...strange. Too sweet and not sour enough, we each took a taste, picked out the shrimp, and left most of the soup untouched.
The lime soda was not made with fresh lime juice (despite the presence of a fresh lime slice) but was made with an overly-sweet and artificial tasting lime syrup.
Mediocre: Spring Rolls, both fresh and fried
The fresh and fried spring rolls were just ok. Both were bland and rather tasteless, but not unpleasant. A few herbs or pickled veggies tucked in would fix things up nicely.
Bliss: Pho and Coffee
The Pho had excellent broth and could only be improved by the addition of lime (lemon just isn't the same) and a few more herbs to throw in.
The coffee...WoW!!! My usual thoughts about Vietnamese coffee in Beijing are "nice but not strong enough." This coffee was actually strong enough and even with ice it wasn't too watery.
So go for Pho with Coffee and bliss out!
The second best Pho in Beijing but the best for the price. The broth is sublime and with a bit of hot sauce it is one of my favorite lunchtime pastimes. Service is sometimes good and sometimes not. Seating is comfortable but best is to get a table outside on a windless day. Also enthusiastically recommend the tea with egregious amounts of milk and sugar OR the Vietnamese coffee.
What is it with people voting for places just because they're in Sanlitun? There are better Vietamese places in BJ - this place might look nice and have decent service (surely reasonable expectations for a restaurant!), but the menu and actual food are fair to middling, nothing special. I wish people would take time to explore a bit more and stop voting for the same old places just because they get stuck in Sanlitun!
Pretty good pho with pre-cooked beef slices and Vietnamese sandwich. Reliable delivery service but charge taxi fares (vary depending on your location). You can make special requests - more/less chili, sauce, basil, lemon, etc. - and they will accommodate!
Came here today at lunch for the pho. I don't give a rat's about the other stuff.
First impression was that the place was very clean and neat. Almost sterile if it weren't for the few patrons eating there. I did not feel the instinctive need to watch where I step or where the edge of my coat brushed against which was most pleasant.
The process of receiving the train lights (or whatever they called it) meal was on par, the sprouts, basil, coriander (cilantro to the yanks) and lemon came out first on a little platelet. However the pho itself came out with what appeared to be pre-cooked meat instead of the thinly sliced raw beef placed into boiling hot broth just before serving.
The broth in a good pho will have absolutely no hint of anything tasting like something that came out of an instant noodle packet. That aftertaste of artificially induced umami, slightly plasticy in a sense. A good pho broth tastes of freshness and sweetness (鲜）.
Unfortunately, this pho broth did have that artificial aftertaste, and was heavy on salt instead of flavour. The flavours of cinnamon, lemongrass and star anise as well as the beef consume in a good pho are all well absorbed by the rice noodles. Salt is not, and merely covers the outer layer of the noodle. However the sum of its parts seemed correct; you had your onions, cow bits and rice noodles in there.
I would say this pho is only merely on par, if not slightly sub par judging to international standards. Not sure how it compares in Beijing as I have yet to try the other pho places.
2 stars for the pho
4 stars for the hardware and amiable service.
overall 3, as it's not stupidly priced like many other places that target laowai.
As said Barry the service until late (for a restaurant, at least) is definitely one of the main assets of Muse in SLT. We showed up at 11 pm last Saturday and we very quickly served (probably because at this time most of the customers already had their dinner ^^'). The quality was quite correct and nothing reecked of left-overs. The manager just asked us to pay when we started our main courses but then left us enjoying the food at our pace.
Some might think that around 30 rmb for some noodles is expensive, however they taste great. I visit their SLT branch almost weekly, I don't think there is anything on the menu that doesn't taste good. Furthermore they are open till midnight normally (they will close earlier if nothing is going on, not unusual in CN).
The Pho was okay,but the soup need more more flavour.It seems the soup was done in a minute or two .
The service was fast.
On second thoughts, thought I should now find a better place for this kind of food.
Went to the Guanghua branch yesterday for lunch and was less than impressed by their Muse Special set lunch (which on the menu looks quite delicious - but in reality comes with far less generous of portions and far different looking strips of pork.)
Had an order of the fresh shrimp rolls, which were decent - as it's hard to go wrong with such a simple dish.
I've had their lunch set meals in the past and the experiences have ranged from pretty good to pretty awful. This time around fell closer to the latter category.
The place was empty, perhaps due to post holiday doldrums, but meals like that make me doubt their long term outlook.
The atmosphere here is decent, although the customers detract from it. Too many rude rural types demanding things that are not on the menu, chain smoking, and spitting. I had one take my guests chair while she was in the bathroom. When I protested he came back with a waiter and took it anyway.
The food has lost its flare and is a little tired. The servers try to speak english but are lacking. All this and the prices are still high. I give it two stars.