Fantastic food in a small space.
I ordered the udon noodles with natto served with the cold dipping sauce. The presentation was excellent and I loved the texture of the noodles. They were absolutely spot on, and delicious. The natto - which can be extremely funky when not served properly - was just PERFECT. It's such a polarizing food but they somehow managed to bring out all of its best qualities in this dish. I practically licked the bowl clean. More people would like natto if it were always served this way.
I highly recommend this place for a quick dinner or satisfying lunch. Sit up on the counters and do some serious people watching.
Make sure you show up hungry because this place does not provide any containers for take away (as my wife discovered at the end of our meal). Fortunately, I'm always hungry!
The place is very narrow with not a lot of seating so there is a good possibility that you might have to wait during peak hours.
The veggie tempura with the dipping sauce was delicious but on the small side for 10 euro. I had the natto-udon soup which was a first for me (17 euro). Natto is fermented soybeans which tasted better than it sounds. My wife had the curry beef udon which was thick, spicy, and very rich (20 euro?). No wonder she couldn't finish it. The beef was thinly cut and very tender.
The udon has a great texture and the broth is seasoned perfectly.
Make sure you have a Kirin (on tap for just 5 Euro!) to wash everything down.
This tiny place near the louvre really hit the spot on random chilly day in the middle of July. We were lucky to get a table in such a small, place but we were so thankful we did. The tempura udon had the cleanest tasting broth with an unreal amount of noodles that would fill anyone up. The miso udon was something I've never had before, but we really enjoyed it as well.
We weren't as thrilled with the curry udon. It literally is just japanese curry with noodles inside. My family is used to eating curry with rice, so it just didn't feel quite right.
There is an English menu and the servers tried their best to communicate with us. I would definitely go back!
Delicious place - one star less for the tempura fry to be just average not awesome. No wifi, can't smoke even though you are sitting outside facing the street, odd for Paris.
My husband and I tried this place based on the Yelp reviews and we were not disappointed! Thursday evening around 9PM, no line. We were seated right away, which was a big plus since we were hungry after a long day of strolling around Paris.
I chose the udon with shrimp tempura, hubby chose the beef udon. Dishes came quickly and were BIG. Both our dishes were very tasty, lots of flavour.
We also loved the interior: open kitchen, bare brick walls. We sat at the big communal table next to a nice French couple.
The only downside is that you're sitting very close to your neighbours. We didn't mind, but I can see why some people would find this annoying. It's not a place to sit for hours, but the food is great. We'll definitely come back here on our next trip to try their lunch formula.
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...
Great homemade udon noodles though the options for udon could include a bit more vegetables. A bowl of udon costs 10-15 Euro depending on the ingredients. If you go at lunch, there will be a 10-15 minute line out the door.
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.
Great neighborhood restaurant. My husband had the curry udon that had a little spicy kick. I ate the katsudon. We shared the tori karaage. Excellent fresh tasting food. The waitpersons were helpful and attentive. We would come back many more times if we had the time. Outdoor seating is available.
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!
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!
Food is okay but sooo overpriced. No question that Sanukiya is so much better in terms of menu and value. After going to Sanukiya I never went back here again (I used to go regularly before). Also service is only okay.
Wow! A great change from all the bread, meat and cheese of Paris. Everything about this place is amazing.
Nice place with good food. Recommended if you like Japanese. Quick service and reasonable prices.
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.
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.
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!
-Authentic Udon restaurant in Paris: check.
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