31 Rue des Petits Champs, 75001 Paris, France
+33 1 42 86 03 83
Paris is not just for French food. And while there is an allure to the stadium seating in front of a typical French bistro, one might keep in mind that this is an international city with a wealth of cuisine to offer. Yes, be sure to enjoy a pastry & espresso drink at the nearest Paul, but come dinner time (especially on a chilly night) have you considered Ramen?
I imagine that a lot of Americans are thinking of Maruchen or Cup-o-Noodle at this point, but if you haven’t enjoyed this national dish of Japan, you are missing out! Kotteri Ramen Naritake is just a 10 minute walk north of the Louvre. The neighborhood is full of Boulangerie during the day, and dozens of Asian restaurants at night. Everyday we left our Air B&B, we noticed the constant line (30-45mins.) for Kotteri. Taking this as a good sign, we knew that we MUST check it out.
Seating is limited here, but the wait is well worth it. The counter seats six, while the back area seats roughly 18-20 people. The menu is simple to navigate (Japenese, French & English), the service is prompt and the food is unstoppable for ramen lovers. Fatty porky goodness awaits you!
Bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, spicy green onion, pork and THE soft-boiled seasoned egg accompany the rich broth and (handmade?) ramen noodles. There is also an option to order dumplings which are steamed & panfried. The two options for your ramen broth are: Soy Sauce or Miso. The menu also does a great job of indicating which dishes contain certain ingredients which may cause allergies. Prices range from 9-14 Euros. Open everyday except Tuesday, visit for Lunch (11:30am-3:30pm) or Dinner (6:30pm-10:00pm), and make sure you’re hungry! (Bring an umbrella if there is a chance of rain, as you will likely be standing outside depending on the queue.)
Naritake Ramen, Paris, France