Pontochoux (Paris)

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This monomaniacal café from the team behind Chez Taeko at the nearby Marché des Enfants Rouges market, has plastic crates in lieu of chairs, beer crates in lieu of tables and authentic Japanese curry, served nonstop all day long. Everything is just like in the motherland at this unfussy place: beef, breaded pork, fried chicken or red lentils arrive enveloped in a thick, brown sauce spiced to your liking, served in a small metal dish with a beautiful portion of rice, a few sweet and sour pickles (fukujinzuke) and even a delicious slice of sweet potato. Pair it all (or not) with a tamago egg marinated in soy sauce and even a slice of fried camembert. Got an aversion to curry? Panic not, the house also serves fried chicken donburi and mapo tofu. // T.V.X.

FEELING THIRSTY? There are a few basics to keep your thirst quenched: homemade lemonade (€3.50), Kirin beer (€4.50 for 330 ml), oolong tea (€3.50), homemade ginger ale (€3.50).

PRICE: Curries €13-15, sides €2.50.

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