Ramen is without a doubt my guilty pleasure. When is good, ramen is definitely one amazing comfort food. I spent many weekends searching for the perfect ramen in Paris, but there are just too many! Paris is really amazing when it comes to Japanese food, and food in general (here the best lunch spots in Paris). I am realising it even more now that I am in London, that has more of a curry kind of food fetish. Here five of my favourites but keep in mind, those are only-ramen faves!
Sara for the delish starters
Sara is a relatively small place that the minimalists are going to love. There is only one long white table facing the kitchen, the tableware is elegant and the presentation is spot on. Big plus, the prices are a bit higher compared to the Japanese places around but still in the affordable range. The noodles are great, but the best things at Sara are the starters. Don’t miss the juiciest grilled aubergines and the tofu in miso soup.
Kunitoraya for the perfect tempura
Kunitoraya is a very trendy spot, bigger and cosier than a lot of Japanese places in Paris. I love the half Japanese half french atmosphere at Kunitoraya. The tables are all squeezed together so you better be comfortable sitting very close to your neighbour (just like in a bistrot) but that is part of what makes it so cosy. The yummyest of the yums? Their tempura udon.
Kodawari for the atmosphere
Kodowari is the only spot that is not located in Paris Japanese hub rue Sainte Anne but in the chic district of Saint Germain de Près. here, they really make an effort to make the place look as Japanese as possible — which may be cheese but also quite cute and really well done. The space is great and, if you want a bit more privacy or you are with a big group, you can ask to be seated upstairs. The staff (and concept) is half Japanese half French, which means that you can enjoy a delicious ramen and also a really long conversation, they won’t kick you out!
Hakata Choten for the best gyoza in town
At Hakate Choten their are confident, you will recognise they restaurant from the sign “Best gyoza in Tokyo” in front of their door. I don’t know if they are the best in Tokyo, but they certainly are the best in Paris. If you fancy a juicy and crunchy gyoza before your ramen — Hakata is the place for you. The ramen that will follow won’t disappoint either. Chose the thickness of your broth and the hardness of your noodles, and enjoy!
Dosanko for the spicy ramen
Dosanko Larmen is a small but cosy place in the center of rue Saint-Anne. My favourite spot is in front of the big steamy window — I love to watch the city outside while enjoying a succulent bowl of ramen! Dosanko is the go to place when we feel like we need to spice up our evening, literally. Their kimchi ramen is as spicy as it is delicious. If you are a fan of spicy food, there is no better place to go!