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April 2015
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Famille Li, imperial Chinese cuisine

Restaurant Famille Li © Greg Gonzalez

The history of the Li family is closely linked to that of the Chinese emperors of the Qing dynasty, but their restaurant, which has just opened in Paris, dares to make an impact upon our appreciation of Chinese cuisine. Forget everything that you know about Oriental cooking: here, these are the very same dishes that were served in the Court until the start of the 19th century –the deposition of the last emperor. Thanks to the recipes carefully noted by ancestor Li, a palace attendant in Beijing, this is a genuine insight into the gourmet cuisine served to you by Ivan Li, great-grandson of Zijia Li and founder of the Famille Li restaurants. As its first address in Europe (after China, Taipei, Japan and Australia), Monsieur Li has handed responsibility of his stoves to three chefs who have come straight from Beijing to recreate these ancestral recipes. Just like Kaseiki, the style of cuisine served in imperial Japan, the art of dining takes on a whole new dimension and allows a greater appreciation of the sophistication of these dishes.

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