Like a Marvel superhero, Ippudo has decided to save the world one bowl of ramen at a time. After NYC, Singapore, Hong Kong and London, Parisians now too can slurp down bowls of noodle soup at lightning speed at one of Shigemi Kawahara’s (aka the “ramen king”) speedy cafés. Night and day, prepare yourselves to wait in line, then, once seated, to wolf everything down quick! The day we went for lunch at Ippudo Louvre (blonde wood, big mirrors, round light fixtures), surrounded by a crowd of loyal followers, we tasted a delicate unagidon (a small rice bowl with meaty grilled eel, nori seaweed and chives), tamago croquettes (potatoes, egg, onion) served with a ketchup-mayonnaise sauce, and delicious karaka chashu ramen, spiced like never before, combining ground pork and veal with fresh, firm noodles. Not to mention the refreshing homemade yuzu sorbet for the light finale.
FEELING THIRSTY? There’s an umeshu plum apéritif (€4), yuzu liqueur (€8), Coedo beer (€7 for 330 ml), six types of sake (€9-10 for 100 ml) and, for observers of dry months, genmaicha Jugetsudo tea (€4).
PRICE: À la carte €19-34.