A cozy noodle bar that we revisited two more times during our short stay in Paris. Their udon noodles are served with the right amount and flavor. I tried both hot and cold that All came out perfect!
Pretty good udon for Europe. The texture of the noodles is spot on. I wouldn't call it the best udon i had in Europe though. (That goes to "Koya" in London.) I think they could use a bit more veggies and if the soup had more depth, it would have been even better. Price range is about €18-20 for a bowl of udon. Outrageous prices for what you get if you're coming from East Asia, but this is Paris so...
First time i set out to find Kunitoraya, i went to their former address, which is now housed by Udon Jubey. Honestly, i couldn't see what the big big deal was about Kunitoraya compared to Udon Jubey. They were both decent and recommendable. I think Kunitoraya has been mentioned more in the media and hence has a longer wait...
In our random meanderings around Paris, we happened to come across Rue Saint Anne, aka Little Tokyo. We really didn't have an agenda on November 1st, and to be honest, finding food on All Saints Day proved out to being harder than you'd think. In finding Kunitoraya, we had seen a fairly significant line outside a nondescript building while trying to find Verjus (also a good place to try if you're in the area). We came back the next day on a stormy night to find a line of both Parisians and tourists queueing up for a bowl of hot udon soup.
Not surprising, the line doesn't move very fast. And, once you get in, you don't get a lot of space. But, if you can get past all that, then you're golden. We served by people who were Japanese, and not surprising, the noodles are made in-house. We ordered chicken karaage to share, and this was incredibly delicious. The chicken was fried perfectly and came topped with a sweet glaze sauce (which isn't traditional, but still good). For our mains, I ordered the Tempura Udon and Greg had the Niku Udon. My bowl came with two large ebi tempura that was clearly battered and fried fresh (I can't stand store bought tempura, it just doesn't taste the same!) in addition to some green onion. The broth was clear, and was flavourful, but it wasn't as savoury as I was expecting or hoping for. Udon back home has a little bit more flavor, and maybe even a little bit more salt. I didn't try Greg's beef that came with his udon, but he and I both finished our bowls and determined that Kunitorya exceeded our expectations.
I was thrilled that this was an incredibly delicious meal, especially when it was cold and rainy outside. If I'm back in Paris, I will most definitely be making a trip back to Kunitoraya for a hot bowl of udon. Merci!
Nice place with good food. Recommended if you like Japanese. Quick service and reasonable prices.
Udon heaven but one has to truly LOVE udon...
Not much else here: common table, stools, 2 beers, 3 sakes and a glass of wine to chose from. Service was nice. Price at 25€ per person was high considering the simplicity of the food and the restaurant. Of minor note, 90% of customers were English speakers.
This is where you go if you are tired of French food and want something different - and inexpensive. First, it is not easy to find. No sign outside. Not a big place. Communial tables. Probably seats 25 people. Not fancy. But the food is surprisingly good. Udon noodle dishes, rice dishes amd tempura. The service was good and the meals was fast by French standards. Worth a visit if you need a break from French food.
Wow! A great change from all the bread, meat and cheese of Paris. Everything about this place is amazing.
yummyyyy! although i would say don't get the curry udon unless you're a fan of really thick sauce instead of soup. the lighter based soups (miso) are better. the lunch deal is worth it. will probably be a line. and very polite waiters!
The must-go Japanese noodle place in Paris.
Everything from udon (thick noodles) to donburi (rice bowl dishes) is super tasty. It is especially worth going for a lunch to get the lunch set menu (Menu de midi). You order a bowl of noodles for Menu de midi. You will get your noodles plus a small bowl of vegetable rice, some pieces of fries (fish, meat, different from day to day) and 2 pieces of egg rolls. You have to pay 4 euros more on the top of the price you pay for your noodles (btw 10-18 euros).
The set menu gets sold out quite early (sometimes before 2:00pm). Of course the queue is expected at the peak time both for lunch and for dinner. But it's worth queuing for.
N.B. it is often hard to find this place for the first time. It is just next to the Ramen place called Sapporo.
-Authentic Udon restaurant in Paris: check.
-Cheap eatery: check.
-Awesome food and experience: check.
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